d1_town_01, Eye Candy Mode
The RADEON X800 XT PE and X800 XT increase their advantage over the GeForce 6800 Ultra and GT in the eye candy mode, so the latter card can only compete with the RADEON X800 PRO. All new-generation graphics cards, including the GeForce 6800, ensure a comfortable play in all the three resolutions.
Despite its venerable age, the RADEON 9800 XT won’t lose to the GeForce 6600 GT and even beats it in high resolutions (where there’s no playability, though). One more good-old graphics card – ATI RADEON 9800 PRO – also yields pretty high framerate in 1024x768.
New age performance-mainstream graphics cards, dubbed RADEON X700 XT, RADEON X700 PRO and the GeForce 6600 GT perform almost similarly with slightest of the advantages on the RADEON X700 XT’s side. Lower speed products obviously cannot run Half-Life 2 with full-scene antialiasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.