Half Life 2
Version and / or Patch Used: Latest through Steam
Timedemo or Level Used: Custom Timedemo
Developer Homepage: http://www.valvesoftware.com
Product Homepage: http://www.half-life2.com
By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original, and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around him, from the physical environment to the behaviors even the emotions of both friends and enemies.
We benchmark Half Life 2 with our own custom timedemos as to avoid possible driver optimizations using the "record demo_name" command and loading the timedemo with the "timedemo demo_name" command - For a full list of the commands, click here.
Even though the regular Half Life 2 is quite old now, we have included it to see how older games perform under Vista with the new driver.
As you can see the new Cat 7.1 driver provides quite a big performance improvement but since the game isn't all that graphics intensive anymore, Crossfire doesn't provide much of a benefit here even with the graphics quality settings turned up as far as possible.