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
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.
We can see in our non-HDR tests that the GTS wasn't quite hitting the CPU wall but when we overclocked, it was sitting up with the GTX.
We can also see the overclocked GTX has no performance gains at all here. As soon as we turn on HDR though and start moving up the resolutions again, we can see the difference a lot easier with the overclocked GTS just trailing behind a stock clocked GTX.