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.
Here we were able to keep the details levels at the above indicate settings.
As one might expect, the ATI Radeon X300 SE HyperMemory card was able to beat the NVIDIA TurboCache cards in our Half-Life 2 tests. Performance at 1024×768 was right on the borderline of being unplayable, so each user will have to guage that one for themselves.