8. Half Life 2
2. A Closer Look
3. Test System - Configuration
7. Aquamark - 3DMark01
8. Half Life 2
9. Quake 4
11. Need For Speed - Most Wanted
12. Performance Test v5.0
13. PCMark04 - 05
15. Bios - Page 1
16. Bios - Page 2
17. Software CD
18. PC Probe II
Half life 2 is without doubt the most anticipated PC game of all times.
Characters - Advanced facial animation system delivers the most sophisticated in-game characters ever seen. With 40 distinct facial "muscles," human characters convey the full array of human emotion, and respond to the player with fluidity and intelligence.
Physics - From pebbles to water to 2-ton trucks respond as expected, as they obey the laws of mass, friction, gravity, and buoyancy.
Graphics - Source's shader-based renderer, like the one used at Pixar to create movies such as Toy Story® and Monster's, Inc.®, creates the most beautiful and realistic environments ever seen in a video game.
AI - Neither friends nor enemies charge blindly into the fray. They can assess threats, navigate tricky terrain, and fashion weapons from whatever is at hand.
To measure performance, we used the Video Stress Test (VST) that is available in the CounterStrike:Source beta available through Steam. We set all the details to the highest level and each time changed the resolution from 800x600 up to 1600x1200.
The Half Life 2 Video Stress Test confirms the results we saw in the foregoing benchmarks. Here, in all cases, with or without the AA and AF, the ABIT motherboard produced higher framerates.