Half Life 2

Half Life 2 Performance Summary
  at_canals_08 at_coast_05 at_coast_12 at_prison_05 at_c17_12
ATI Radeon X850 XT PE 116.1 134.2 111.3 114 84.6
ATI Radeon X850 XT 112.6 133.6 109.4 109.6 84.4
ATI Radeon X800 XT 104.9 129.2 104 106.6 83
ATI Radeon X800 XL 92.3 121.1 97 90.8 80.2
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra 95.6 116.4 96.4 91.6 79.7
NVIDIA GeForce 6800GT 85.5 108.8 89.3 80.3 76.2
NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT 58.3 79.4 65.1 55.8 62.1
ATI Radeon X800 66.8 98.1 73.6 65.9 72.3
ATI Radeon X850 Pro 91.1 118.7 93.6 87.7 80.4
ATI Radeon X800 Pro 84.1 113.1 87.7 82 78.3


For our performance graph, we took our five performance tests and averaged the scores. The results here show the top of the line NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra performing on par with the new Radeon X850 Pro and X800 XL parts. The DirectX based, shader heavy game by Valve clearly runs faster on ATI's hardware.

Halflife 2 Performance

These numbers are in contrast to Doom 3 performance, as should be expected by now. The adoption of the Doom 3 and Source engines in other projects will continue to be of major interest over the next few months. One engine gaining broader acceptance among game developers could help tip the field in either ATI or NVIDIA's direction.

ATI Radeon X800 XL Doom 3


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  • Booty - Wednesday, December 1, 2004 - link

    Yeah, this product naming is getting out of control - I don't even want to take the time to try to get them straight. I'll wait until everything's actually available, then try to see what the best option in each price range is. Right now, though, I have to go lie down - trying to remember what product is which gave me a headache. Reply
  • bob661 - Wednesday, December 1, 2004 - link

    I would like to know too since we 6800GT's in a CAD environment and haven't had ANY problems with them.
  • BenSkywalker - Wednesday, December 1, 2004 - link

    Any chance of seeing high res testing again? Reply
  • Alphafox78 - Wednesday, December 1, 2004 - link

    #9, how is the 6800GT "slightly unreliable"?? Ive had one for months and have no "reliability issues." Reply
  • D0rkIRL - Wednesday, December 1, 2004 - link

    I'm looking into that X800 now, as a possible budget upgrade, so I don't have to switch over to nVidia and get the 6600GT AGP. Reply
  • Entropy531 - Wednesday, December 1, 2004 - link

    The X800 XL has some potential if it OCs well. The 6800GT is still the best option though, if you go PCI-E. Reply
  • shabby - Wednesday, December 1, 2004 - link

    Worst refresh release ever! A minor bump in core/mem does not equal 50 bucks more.

    Im thinking that the agp x800 cards are not going to fall in price at all, these pcie only cards are not competing against them so it makes sense(for ati) to keep prices high for both the x800 and x850 cards.

    Now lets hope nvidia comes out with a 500/1200 6900 ultra :)
  • istari101 - Wednesday, December 1, 2004 - link

    Considering the fact that both ATI and Nvidia are technological think tanks, you'd think they could do a less confusing job of naming their cards. :| Reply
  • flexy - Wednesday, December 1, 2004 - link

    pricing for the "high end" cards is utterly ridiculous...the (so called) high-end (X850) which is only a refresh of current tech is totally overprized, has dual slot cooling etc.....

    And...R520 is already taped out...

    Who pays $520 for this stupid card which, not even has SM3.0 and is only marginally better than previous versions ? Retards ?
  • jkostans - Wednesday, December 1, 2004 - link

    I miss the days of $200-$300 video cards being the top of the line (Voodoo2, TNT2, Geforce 1-4). I dunno why anyone would want to spend any more than this on a video card unless they've got money to burn. Reply

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