Half-Life 2: Performance Testing
Test System and Quality Settings
Video Card Test System Setup
AMD Athlon 64 4000+
MSI K8N Neo2 nForce3 Ultra
Antec 460 watt
2x512MB Corsair PC3200LL DDR
250GB Maxtor 7200RPM SATA
Creative Labs Live!
ATI X800 XT Platinum Edition
NVIDIA 67.02 BETA
Windows XP w/ Service Pack 1
As I mentioned before, we have a LOT of data here. One hundred and forty-four graphs in total. That's a lot, so here's how it is broken down for easy reading.
First, we have seperated the testing into groups of each demo. Then we have seperated all those results into three categories: Ultra High End Cards, High End Cards, and Mid-Range Cards. The Ultra High End Cards consist of the X800 XT PE, X800 XT, 6800 Ultra OC, and 6800 Ultra. The High End Cards include the 6800 GT and the X800 Pro. Finally, the Mid-Range cards are the 6800 OC, 6600GT, and 9800 Pro. I seperated them this way to showcase what performance you are getting based on the cost of the card. All the Ultra High end cards are priced above $500, if you can find them, the high end cards are priced at $400 and, the mid range cards are $300 and below.
I think you'll find this method to simplify things quite a bit. Oh, and it was completely impossible to get 9 data sets on a line graph to be legible.
For our testing, we ran benchmarks at 1024x768, 1280x960, and 1600x1200 resolutions. For each of those resolutions, we ran the tests at both 0xAA / 0xAF and 4xAA/ 8xAF settings.
IQ Settings for our 0xAA and 0xAF tests
IQ Settings for our 4xAA and 8xAF tests
Now, let's move on to the hordes of data.