Left 4 Dead 2 Demo AMD and NVIDIA Graphics Performance
Chances are most of you have played it and enjoyed it and are excited about the fun that will come when the second installment is available in mid-November. I thought since we had some early access to the game I would provide some quick performance results for Left 4 Dead 2 with a handful of graphics cards for those interested.
Yes, there really is a zombie getting a piggy-back ride here.
These are the settings we tested at (oops, we actually ran at 16x AF!) in the benchmarks below.
One testing note for curious gamers: there seemed to be a bug with AMD's drivers that disabled AA if you changed resolutions inside the game even though it still showed up as being enabled. It was obvious to me while playing that this was happening - a simple exit and re-entry into the game fixed the AA issue and hopefully AMD will address the bug in their next driver release.
This was really just a quick run through of Left 4 Dead 2 with the latest cards from NVIDIA and AMD: not much to really evaluate here. If you are like most people and have a monitor that runs at 1920x1200 or 1920x1080 then obviously you are going to be able to play L4D2 without any issue using the lowest end cards tested here that will start at about $130. If you are one of the lucky few that owns a 30" monitor and can play at 2560x1600 then you'll need to step a little for the best experience but you should not HAVE to pay more than $250 or so for the privilege.
Of course, if you are one of those interested in doing some Eyefinity multi-monitor gaming then you might want to fork out the dough for the Radeon HD 5870. Speaking of which, I think I have some more "testing" to do...
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