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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

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Halo 2.0.1 Speed Test
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 11 comments

Macs Only! has posted the results of a speed test of the recently released 2.0.1 patch for the Universal Binary version of Halo. Based on frames per second comparisons the test Mac using an ATI graphics card was 25% faster after installing the new patch, while the Nvidia powered machine was nearly 25% slower.

We use the game Halo as one of our standard speed benchmarks so we ran it on both our 15" 2.33 GHz MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo with ATI Radeon X1600 graphics and 24" 2.33 GHz iMac Core 2 Duo with the optional Nvidia GeForce 7600 GT graphics card. Here are the results from both Macs running Mac OS X 10.4.9:

Halo 2.0.1 on the MacBook Pro with ATI graphics is 25 percent faster as claimed by MacSoft. However, on the iMac with Nvidia graphics Halo 2.0.1 is nearly 25 percent SLOWER! Just to be sure no mistakes were made, we re-installed Halo 2.0 and it ran at 94fps as before. After updating it again to 2.0.1, Halo ran at 71 fps, confirming the near 25 percent reduction in speed.
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Macs Only!: Halo Patch Speed Test
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