HL2 : EP2
Half-Life® 2: Episode Two is the second in a trilogy of new games created by Valve that extends the award-winning and best-selling Half-Life® adventure.
As Dr. Gordon Freeman, you were last seen exiting City 17 with Alyx Vance as the Citadel erupted amidst a storm of unknown proportions. In Episode Two, you must battle and race against Combine forces as you traverse the White Forest to deliver a crucial information packet stolen from the Citadel to an enclave of fellow resistance scientists.
Episode Two extends the award-winning Half-Life game-play with unique weapons, vehicles, and newly-spawned creatures.
The source-engine seems to work very nicely on cards from the green-team, as the GTX blows past all of the AMD comparisons, at all but the highest setting. There the HD4870 Crossfire setup barely beats the GTX by 1 fps.
Call of Duty 4 is one of the few recent games that are still DirectX9 only. Despite this it still manages to look realistic and also fits well to testing purposes. Results were gathered with some help from Fraps.
COD4 is one of the games that the 285GTX doesn't seem to excel in. Sure it beats the single card scores, but as Crossfire scales amazingly well in this benchmark, it can't compete directly with the Crossfire-scores. Nonetheless, the 285GTX gets completely playable scores even at the highest settings with the stock settings. Not a bad feat for a single card.
With the lower resolution the situation stays just about the same. The Crossfire-scores are in a league of their own, and the 285GTX sits in between the Crossfire and single scores. The old 8800GTX still manages to flex its muscles as it beats the HD4850 in this benchmark on both resolutions.
"Pulse-racing new installment from 2007.s PC Game of the Year*: Play as Sergeant Sykes and experience a whole new side of the battle. A standard combat mission behind enemy lines becomes critical when you discover your enemies have captured something of vital importance to the ensuing war. It.s down to you to retrieve the cargo, at any cost.
More explosive and dynamic minute to minute game play: new customizable weapons, new vehicles, new photorealistic locations to explore, and a fully interactive war zone to dominate."
Now moving onto the newer games in our benchmark-routine. Crysis Warhead really makes the game tight, as when AA is disabled, the 285GTX finishes right between the Crossfire-setups, all finishing within a few fps. When 4xAA is enabled the GTX shift into another gear leaving the Crossfire-setups far behind. The 285GTX shows its true colors in new games when AA and AF are pushed higher. It copes with the heavier settings much better than the AMD offerings, atleast with the current drivers.
Far Cry 2
"Far Cry® 2, the next-generation first-person shooter from Ubisoft, will take you deep into the most beautiful but also most hostile environments in the world: Africa! More than just a visual and technological achievement, Far Cry® 2, the true sequel to the award-winning PC game, will provide you with an unprecedented gaming experience."
The same situation that we had with Crysis is repeated once again with the other new game, Far Cry 2. The game seems to turn almost CPU-limited when the settings are left at Very high and AA turned completely off. The HD4850 Crossfire takes the crown at both resolution that have the lower settings. The HD4870 Crossfire comes in second with the 285GTX hot on its heels.
When the settings are upped to Ultra High and the AA turned to 8x, the setting changes completely once again. The 285GTX leads all others by a large margin and now the HD4870 and HD4850 Crossfire-setups have swapped places.
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