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The Fastest VGA Setups Examined

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Jan 28, 2009 5:00 am

Left 4 Dead

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Latest Steam Update

 

Timedemo or Level Used: Custom Timedemo

 

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

 

Product Homepage: http://www.l4d.com/

 

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Left 4 Dead uses the latest version of Valve's Source engine, with improvements such as multi-core processor support and physics-based animation to more realistically portray hair and clothing, and to improve physics interaction with enemies when shot or shoved in different body parts. Animation was also improved to allow characters to lean realistically when moving in curved paths.

 

Rendering and artificial intelligence were scaled up to allow for greater number of enemies who can navigate the world in better ways, such as climbing, jumping or breaking obstacles. Lighting has been enhanced with new self-shadowing normal mapping and advanced shadow rendering that is important to convey information about the environment and player actions.

 

THE FASTEST VGA SETUPS EXAMINED

 

We see Left 4 Dead is giving ATI a big win here, while the Tri-SLI setup comes in at a far second. The Quad SLI configuration sits slightly behind the Tri-SLI one as you can see.

 

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