HL2: Episode 1 – Radeon HD 2600 XT

Half-Life 2: Episode 1 (DirectX 9)


The Half-Life 2 series is just too popular to stop and Valve’s move to episodic gaming with HL2: Episode 1 has so far paid off.  Based largely around the technology demo of HL2: Lost Coast, Episode 1 brings new shaders and HDR to gamer’s taking the role of Gordon Freeman.

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Under Valve’s HL2 engine, the 2600 XT is a good performing GPU, but the 8600 GT and 8600 GTS are both able to perform better.


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Because NVIDIA’s cards don’t scale very well at all under HL2, the 2600 XT in CrossFire mode is able to capture a performance victory here. 

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