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    This short trailer shows some of the DX9-specific effects possible in Valve's Source engine, the same engine used to power the upcoming Half-Life 2.

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    Basically the upshot of it is the FX cards running PS2.0 full precision cannot run decent framerates (i.e 30fps average at the most with a 5900 ultra...the other FX's are unplayable).

    To get decent performance Valve have use optimized codepaths which means that the FX cards are playable, although still soundly beaten by the 9600, 9700 and 9800 series.

    The "optimized codepaths" result in substitution of PS1.4 and DX8.1 in place of PS2.0 (full precision DX9.0). At Anandtech they have said this results in a noticeable drop in image quality and banding.

    Nvidia say their Detonator 50s will resolve this situation, but a hardware level look at the NV3X architecture shows it is flawed in running shaders efficiently and as more new games come out using the newer shaders the flaw simply won't be able to be covered up by new drivers.

    Basically the hardware hasn't got the same raw power as the newer radeons, so they are cutting software corners to make it run faster, but with problems and image quality drops. Even then there's only so far they can go with the software optimizations.

    If you're in the market for a card to run HL2 or Doom3 then wait until the games are released, but at the moment the 9600 Pro is the best bang for the buck and the 9800 pro is the outright winner.

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    Very well summed up... :thumb:
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    Do we know how well the 9500 pro will perform in this situation?

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    Gordon Freeman
    In Half-Life 2, you are Gordon Freeman, a former Black Mesa researcher who somehow re-invented himself as an one man army. Half-Life 2 assumes Gordon accepted the G-Manís offer to work with him at the end of the original game, and heís been working under the G-Manís watchful eye for an unspecified amount of time.



    G-Man
    Technically, the G-Man is an ally, since Gordon has been working for him for awhile. But come on, do you honestly think you can really trust this guy?



    Alyx Vance
    Alyx is the daughter of Eli Vance (see below) and plays a prominent role in Half-Life 2. She sort of serves as Gordonís sidekick, and sheíll apparently help you throughout the game. Not much else is known about Alyx at this time, other than the fact her mother died in the Black Mesa incident.



    Eli Vance
    Alyx's father. He's a former Black Mesa scientist, and he apparently helps you out early on in the game. Eli didnít escape from Black Mesa unscathed though; he left a huge chunk of his leg behind.



    Barney Calhoun
    Thatís right, Barney Calhoun, the former Black Mesa security guard who managed to cheat death in Blue Shift somehow ended up in City 17 with Gordon. We have no idea why heís in City 17 or what his role in the story is, but he sure looks different without that helmet...



    Scientists
    Some former Black Mesa scientists are back, the scientist featured in the gameplay video (and pictured to above) is referred to as "Dr. Kleiner," and he could very well be Dr. Alex Kleiner, who was Gordon's former professor at MIT and the guy who got Gordon his job in Black Mesa in the first place (this is all referred to in the employment letter at the beginning of the original Half-Life manual).
    Apparently, all the scientists will look somewhat unique this time around, so you won't be staring at the same four basic types. Perhaps Walter Bennett made his way to City 17?



    Father Gregory
    He's mentioned in passing in the gameplay video. Hereís the exact transcript: "this part of town has been booby-trapped by a friend of yours named Father Gregory, heís kind of a survivalist monk. Heís left traps all over the place for you to make use of." Of course, most of these traps are designed to kill Combine Soldiers. Oh, that Father Gregory, he's quite the prankster!

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    In Half-Life 2, youíre going to have to murder a lot of hostile beings in order to save the day. Here are just a few of Ďem!



    Combine Soldiers
    Combine Soldiers seem to be the main type of enemy youíll face in Half-Life 2, although we donít know exactly what they are or why theyíre after you because we donít have many details on the story. They appear to be humans, but you never know. Their hobbies include trying to shoot you with their guns and that seems to be about it.



    Strider
    Zowie. Striders are by far one of the more interesting Half-Life 2 enemies we know about. Theyíre upwards of fifty feet tall, can impale people on their legs, and shoot this reality-bending laser beam thing.



    Ant Lion
    A new type of Xen alien (we think). They're fairly fast and seem to hunt in packs. You can use these spore grenade things that emit a special scent to fool them into doing your bidding.



    Ant Lion Guard
    They're basically just bigger, smarter Ant Lions, and they can hit you so hard you'll be thrown into the air. So watch it, bucko.



    Zombies
    Just as in the first Half-Life, the zombies in Half-Life 2 have a pesky headcrab sucking on their skulls and brainlessly lumber around trying to hurt you. There will probably be more types of zombies in Half-Life 2, as there are a wider variety of people to infest. Joy.



    Headcrabs
    Ah, headcrabs. They seem to be pretty much the same as they were in the original, except maybe they look slightly beefier. Also, they have the new ability to jump off the heads of infested zombies, so once you kill a zombie the headcrab might de-attach itself from the corpse and try to make you its new host. Also, there are at least two varieties of Headcrab now, the traditional kind and a stronger "heavy" version.



    Alien Gunship
    The Alien Gunship may be a machine, or it may be some sort of weird alien cyborg. Regardless, it has machine guns and can shoot at you. In the gameplay video, this sucker seemed really tough to kill and maneuvered around very quickly.



    Hydra
    We think this is an enemy. Apparently it lives in water and likes to impale things with its water... arm... sword thing?

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    Prowler
    We don't know jack about this guy, other than the fact he probably doesn't care for you.



    Blobby Cheeks
    We don't know what to call this thing, but it's ugly and from another planet.



    Tank
    It's some sort of futuristic tank you'll likely be able to commandeer.



    Combine Assassin
    We're not even sure if this is a Combine Assassin, we're just guessing.



    Man Hacks
    These are basically very small, very annoying, robotic flying blades of death. They're kind of hard to describe, but you can see them in action at the beginning of the Tunnels video.



    Scanners
    Apparently, these are like futuristic floating X10 cameras that spy on the citizens of City 17. They may be able to alert soldiers of your presence, but thatís just speculation. This shot is from the official teaser trailer.



    Bullsquid
    Bullsquid from the original Half-Life will be back and remain relatively unchanged, we hear.



    Barnacle
    You know those annoying things that hung from the ceiling in the first game? Well, they're back too, only this time they have "eerily pulsating sacs around their base." Oooh, sexy.

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    to see how nvidia will respond..............in hands on applications.........but, things could change........i'm still not picking any particular camp

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    GameStop has changed its ETA Pre-Release date for Half-Life 2 to February 2004. :thumbs do

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