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ATI Catalyst 5.1 Performance Analysis - Benchmarks - Half Life 2

New Year, New Month and that can only mean one thing - ATI has released yet another set of their monthly Catalyst drivers for your Radeon based graphics cards. This time we are up to version 5.1 and we compare against the two previous versions (4.11 and 4.12) in our usual array of benchmarks. Has ATI continued the trend and increased Half Life 2 performance? Read on and find out if these drivers are worth the upgrade!

| AMD Radeon Drivers in Software | Posted: Jan 17, 2005 5:00 am

Half Life 2

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Unpatched

 

Timedemo or Level Used: TweakTown Custom Demo

 

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 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.

 

 

 

Half Life 2 again is where we see the major improvements in these drivers.

 

You can see that over the past three driver releases that Half Life 2 performance has slowly been improved. The results we receive with the X700PRO are excellent for such a new game and show just how well ATI have optimized the drivers for Half Life 2.

 

 

 

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