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ATI Catalyst 8.1 Analysis - XP & Vista - Benchmarks - Half Life 2 (Episode One HDR)

AMD has just released a new Catalyst driver for Radeon graphics cards - we check out performance under XP and Vista.

| AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Jan 20, 2008 5:00 am

Half Life 2 (Episode One HDR)

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Latest from Steam

 

Timedemo or Level Used: Custom Timedemo

 

Developer Homepage: http://www.valvesoftware.com

 

Product Homepage: http://www.half-life2.com

 

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By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original, and adding startling new realism, responsiveness and new HDR technology, Half-Life 2 Episode One 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 Episode One 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.

 

 

Source based game Episode One manages to see some gains across the board with the higher end cards again. The lower HD 2600 XT doesn't manage to show any real gain though.

 

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