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nVidia ForceWare 81.84 BETA Performance Analysis - Benchmarks - Half Life 2

A couple of days ago nVidia released their much talked about ForceWare Release 80 graphics card driver to the world. The new nVidia ForceWare 81.84 BETA drivers offer such things as performance optimizations when using Dual-Core processors, mixed vendor support for SLI and Black and White 2 support. We examine the drivers in our typical fashion against the last official release driver, ForceWare 78.01. Do the new drivers give some more punch to nVidia's current line-up of GPU's? Read on for the answers!

| NVIDIA GeForce Drivers in Software | Posted: Oct 6, 2005 4:00 am

Half Life 2

 

Version and / or Patch Used: Unpatched

 

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.

 

 

Half Life 2 performance shows us an exceptional increase in performance for both the 7800GTX in single and SLI modes. If you couldn't run Half Life like you wanted to before, there is no doubt in our minds that you could now.

 

* BFG Technologies GeForce 7800GTX *

 

BFG Technologies GeForce 7800GTX (256 MB) PCIe Graphic Card

 

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