|One of the most highly anticipated titles of 2005 was Monolith's paranormal thriller F.E.A.R. Taking a look at the game's 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 in the Radeon 9000 or GeForce4 Ti-classes or better, to adequately run the game. Using the full retail release of the game patched to v1.07, we put the graphics cards in this article 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 1,280x1024 through 2,560 x 1,600 with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.|
The performance trend in the F.E.A.R. benchmark mirrored those of our custom Half Life 2: Episode 1 test on the previous page. The Asus EN8800GTS was a strong performer at the lower resolutions, but its framerate dropped off considerably at the higher resolutions. The performance drop at XHD resolutions was so significant (again, due to its relatively small 320MB frame buffer) that the 7900 GTX and X1950 XTX were able to pull ahead of it.