|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 v1.03, 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 then completed at resolutions of 1152x864 and 1600x1200, with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.|
As we've witnessed in several other benchmarks thus far, the performance between the Radeon X1900 XTX and GeForce 7900 GTX at the lower resolutions are surprisingly close. Running at 1152x864 with 4x AA and 16x AF, we find the two GPU's being differentiated by a mere 1fps. As we would expect, the GeForce 7950 GX2 is able to utilize its two GPU's to obtain a sizeable 15fps advantage.
Somewhat surprisingly, raising the resolution to 1600x1200 does little to effect the overall performance standings. Here, the Radeon X1900 XTX and GeForce 7900 GTX are still only differentiated by a mere 3fps. At these settings, framerates remain just above 50fps and allow for good gameplay with very good visual quality. In terms of the GeForce 7950 GX2, the card increases its lead over the competition with a sizeable 17fps advantage.