|One of the most highly anticipated titles of 2005 was Monolith's paranormal thriller F.E.A.R. Taking a look at the minimum system requirements, we see that you will need at least a 1.7GHz Pentium 4 with 512MB of system memory and a 64MB graphics card, that is a Radeon 9000 or GeForce4 Ti-class or better, to adequately run the game. Using the full retail release of the game patched to v1.02, 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 their maximum values, but with soft shadows disabled (Soft shadows and anti-aliasing do not work together currently). Benchmark runs were then completed at resolutions of 1280x960 and 1600x1200, with and without anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.|
There's a lot to talk about in regard to the EAX1800XT Top's performance in the F.E.A.R. benchmark, so lets get the easy stuff out of the way first. The EAX1800XT Top is clearly faster than the 256MB GeForce 7800 GTX and standard Radeon X1800 XT, especially when anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering were used. The Radeon X1900 XTX is definitely the top dog though. The 512MB GeForce 7800 GTX had a significant performance advantage over the Asus EAX1800XT Top when no additional pixel processing was used, but that advantage disappears once AA and Aniso were enabled.