Half-Life 2: Lost Coast

Half-Life 2: Lost Coast (Direct X)


Lost Coast is the free technology demo that Valve created to show off their HDR rendering technique.  Because this method of doing HDR (high dynamic range) lighting uses integer math instead of floating point, both ATI and NVIDIA cards can do both HDR and AA at the same time. 

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Valve’s Lost Coast engine, the same we see in Episode 1 and Day of Defeat: Source, shows outstanding performance with the BFG 8800 GTS card.  It is able to out pace the 7900 GTX by more than 40% in some cases and has a 68% faster minimum frame rate in some cases.  SLI scales beautifully here as well, with an 81% gain in average FPS at 2560×1600!

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