|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 v1.0.4, 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 1280x960 and 1600x1200, with and without anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.|
It's more or less a runaway for the EN7900GT TOP in the F.E.A.R. benchmarking. At all resolutions, with or without driver optimizations, Asus' card easily beats out the 7800GT and X1800XL - in some cases by as much as 60%. This was also one of the only tests to show some real space between running two 7800GTs and two 7900GTs in SLI. At 1600x1200, using the 7900GTs in an SLI configuration netted us an extra 20 frames per second with or without AA enabled.