Half-Life 2 – Canals – High End

Our second HL2 run through takes place in the Canals portion of the game where there are a lot of water reflections to deal with.  Here’s a typical scene from our run through:

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The top ATI card does some damage here to the 7800 GTX just pulling ahead with AA and AF enabled. 

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The XL and 7800 GT are a good match here, but with the price of the GTX where it is, its  the clear winner at this level.

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