Half-Life 2 game, just like the Far Cry, used to demand a high-performance graphics card. However, driver developers managed to boost the speed of their products and today all the high-end offerings run Half-Life 2 absolutely smoothly
There is hardly a point to talk about performance in cases with no image quality enhancements implemented, as all the graphics cards demonstrate about 100fps.
Surprisingly, in eye-candy mode the GeForce 7800 GTX manages to outperform the newcomer from ATI, which may either indicate that the 7800 GTX has much more raw pixel shader 2.0 power, or ATI’s RADEON X1800-series still needs better drivers.
Another demo of the Half-Life 2 showcases the same results as the first one: all the graphics cards are equally good.
But in the demo with highly-intensive action on the streets of the City 17 demonstrates that that the RADEON X1800 XT can, in fact, match the GeForce 7800 GTX in Half-Life 2. Just like GeForce 7800 GT can be matched by the RADEON X1800 XL.