Half-Life 2: Episode 1 Performance
|Thanks to the dedication of hardcore PC gamers and a huge mod-community, the original Half-Life became one of the most successful first person shooters of all time. So, when Valve announced Half-Life 2 was close to completion in mid-2003, gamers the world over sat in eager anticipation. Fortunately, HL2 proved popular enough that we are getting more play in the form of episodes. We benchmarked Episode 1 at 1280x1024 and 1600x1200 with a long, custom-recorded timedemo that takes us through both outdoor and indoor environments.|
The Half-Life 2: Episode 1 results didn't really surprise us after what we had seen so far. At 1280x1024, the 8600 GT Fatal1ty kept up with all the other cards until HDR was turned on, at which point it slipped a bit behind both the 7950 GT and X1950 Pro. Once the resolution is bumped up to 1600x1200, the 8600 GT Fatal1ty surpassed the regular 8600 GT at all settings, but it could no longer keep up with the 7950 GT and X1950 Pro once AA, AF and HDR were enabled.