Ryan finally got his hands on the Left 4 Dead 2 demo and fired it up on a variety of cards, 4 AMD (plus one XFire setup) and 5 nVIDIA cards.  His testing at 2560×1600 with 4xMSAA and 16xAF shows that even the HD5850 can supply enough power to make this game playable on a 30″ monitor.  He has yet to try out EyeFinity but the results here give great hope to those who don’t wish to invest in a graphics card running in the neighbourhood of $400.  It looks like you might be well off spending money on a midrange HD4xxx and picking up another monitor or two!

“If you are like most people and have a monitor that runs at 1920×1200 or 1920×1080 then obviously you are going to be able to play L4D2 without any issue using the lowest end cards tested here that will start at about $130. If you are one of the lucky few that owns a 30″ monitor and can play at 2560×1600 then you’ll need to step a little for the best experience but you should not HAVE to pay more than $250 or so for the privilege.”

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