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Upgrading our VGA Test System - Hello Conroe! - Benchmarks - Half Life 2 (Lost Coast)

We recently upgraded our VGA test system from an Athlon X2 to Core 2 Duo. We discuss performance between the platforms.

| Editorials in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 19, 2006 4:00 am

Half Life 2 (Lost Coast)

 

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, responsiveness and new HDR technology, Half-Life 2 Lost Coast 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 Lost Coast 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.

 

 

 

Low resolution Half Life Lost Coast tests have always been a bit of a CPU limitation - we just didn't realize how much though. All the way up until 1600 x 1200 with HDR enabled the performance increase was huge, at this high level though we are hitting a VGA limitation.

Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.40 GHz E6600

 

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