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.
Like in the earlier reviews, all of the higher-end cards are bottlenecked by the CPU in the runs without AA and AF. When those are added, the 295GTX shows its strength again. While the HD4870 Crossfire runs those benchmarks at 126.3 and 100.3 fps respectively, the 295GTX is in a league of its own as it beats both results by around 40 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.
At the higher resolutions in COD4, the 295GTX takes the crown easily and the differences are even greater when the card is overclocked. The results are improved nicely by the bump in the frequencies. As a conclusion, we can confirm that the 295GTX can take just about anything you can throw at it in COD4. Unfortunately, we don't have a 30" monitor to test higher resolutions that 1920 x 1200.
After moving to the lower resolutions we can see that the differences between the 295GTX and the HD4870 Crossfire are much smaller, but this can be due to the fact that the CPU can start bottlenecking the results at this resolution.
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