Half-Life 2 – Canals – Mid Range and Budget

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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Without AA and AF, the X1600 XT is the best card tested, but once we turn those on the NVIDIA 6800 again takes the lead.  The 6800 GT is still ahead on both tests.

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The 6600 GT and X1300 Pro pull even closer together here than they did on the Town level test due to the higher concentration of water shaders on this level.   It still can’t topple the apparrent “beast-ness” of the 6600 GT.

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