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ATI Catalyst 7.1 for Vista - Software improvement and Crossfire!

By: Cameron Wilmot | AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Jan 28, 2007 5:00 am

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

 

Buy It Here

 

 

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.

Microsoft Windows Vista™ Ultimate Full Version for PC

 

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