You'll see my own numbers tomorrow night at midnight, but we've been given the go ahead to reveal a bit of information about Half-Life 2. I'll keep it brief and to the point and will explain it in greater detail tomorrow night:

- Valve is pissed at all of the benchmarking "optimizations" they've seen in the hardware community;
- Half-Life 2 has a special NV3x codepath that was necessary to make NVIDIA's architecture perform reasonably under the game;
- Valve recommends running geforce fx 5200 and 5600 cards in dx8 mode in order to get playable frame rates.
- even with the special NV3x codepath, ATI is the clear performance leader under Half-Life 2 with the Radeon 9800 Pro hitting around 60 fps at 10x7. The 5900 ultra is noticeably slower with the special codepath and is horrendously slower under the default dx9 codepath;
- the Radeon 9600 Pro performs very well - it is a good competitor of the 5900 ultra;
- ATI didn't need these special optimizations to perform well and Valve insists that they have not optimized the game specifically for any vendor.

There you have it folks, there's much more coming tomorrow.
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  • Anonymous User - Friday, September 12, 2003 - link

    lol...guys goto bed...continue with life as you'd normally do. Don't you dare stay up for a review!

    What does it matter today or tomorrow?

    :-)
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  • Anonymous User - Friday, September 12, 2003 - link

    ITS HERE! ITS HERE! HAHAHHAHAHHA Reply
  • Anonymous User - Friday, September 12, 2003 - link

    "tomorrow night at midnight" What the hell does that mean? Is that september 12th at 00:00 or september 12th 24:00 which is september 13th.

    That dude should have at least given a straight date not "tomorrow night at midnight"
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  • Anonymous User - Friday, September 12, 2003 - link

    Anyone know any cool websites we can goto while we all wait?
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  • Anonymous User - Friday, September 12, 2003 - link

    valve gave the deadline right? and they are in seattle, so prolly western time. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Friday, September 12, 2003 - link

    Patience, I live in the west and its only 9:45. Reply
  • Anonymous User - Friday, September 12, 2003 - link

    Oh, I get it, he must've meant midnight "California time".
    Reply
  • Anonymous User - Friday, September 12, 2003 - link

    Anand might have journalism skills but if your going to tell people to wait untill 12 midnight for an article then at least be prepared to deliver, not sit around and upload ya article at 12:25am or some shit like that.
    That is Im going to get something to eat, be back at 3pm, that 1am your time.
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  • Anonymous User - Friday, September 12, 2003 - link

    12AM, actually. 12PM is noon.

    Technically he's a day and thirty-four minutes late, but I'm sure we all knew he meant 12AM on September 12th, not 12AM on September 11th.
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  • Anonymous User - Friday, September 12, 2003 - link

    Anan this sucks ass!!!!!!!!! WTF say in the article that today at 12pm! hope your pussy ass is running a NV5900 so you cant play HL2 at DX9 settings :p Reply

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