|One of the most highly anticipated titles of 2005 was Monolith's paranormal thriller F.E.A.R. Using the full retail release of the game patched to v1.0.8, we put the graphics cards in this review through their paces to see how they fared with a popular title. Here, all graphics settings within the game were set to the maximum values, but with soft shadows disabled (soft shadows and anti-aliasing do not work together currently). Benchmark runs were completed at supported resolutions of 1280x960 and 1600x1200, with and without anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.|
Considering F.E.A.R.'s lush graphics, it's a bit of a surprise that the EAX1600PRO is able to reach as high as the mid 20's at 1280x960. Still, when compared to the EN7600GT, it is less than half the 55fps that card was able to output. The EN7600GT pushed out the highest frame rates at both resolutions, but only until we applied some anti-aliasing. Doing so turned the 3-4 fps lead into a 2-3 fps deficit when compared to the X1650 XT.