Counter Strike: Source Beta
The beta version of Counter-Strike: Source is based on the same engine as the long-awaited Half-Life 2 shooter will have. The engine requires fast execution of pixel shaders, as the diagrams confirm. The ASUS V9999 Gamer Edition and the RADEON X800 PRO have about the same speed, but with a certain advantage on the latter’s side. This small gap is bridged by overclocking.
The RADEON X800 PRO has a more substantial advantage over the V9999 Gamer Edition in the eye candy mode. The reason is the same: such eye-pleasing features as full-screen anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering put a heavy load on the graphics memory, while the RADEON architecture features a most efficient use of the memory bandwidth.
The second demo record agrees with the first one – the difference between the ASUS and the RADEON X800 PRO is small but still exists, and it’s possible to eliminate it by overclocking the ASUS card.
The RADEON X800 PRO is once again faster than the ASUS V9999 Gamer Edition with enabled FSAA and anisotropic filtering.