Half-Life 2 Engine 7
Half-Life 2 (Direct X)
This was one of the most anticipated games in PC history, and even with the troubles it has had with Steam, HL2 drives-on as a great game and great benchmark for PC systems. Below are the default settings we used for our testing today. Usually we would alter the AA and Filtering modes, but as we are using sub-$100 graphics cards, we are leaving them as is for the majority of our testing.
In Half-Life 2, the X800 XL already had a performance benefit over the NVIDIA 6800GT, but the additional 256 MB of memory should widen the gap. Without the eye candy of AA and AF turned on, the improvement isn’t very noticeable, but with AA and AF enabled, it’s a different story. We see a 17% gain in performance on the average frame rate and see a 15% improvement on the minimum frame rate during our testing.