Performance Comparisons with F.E.A.R
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One of the most highly anticipated titles of recent years 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 1,280x1,024 and 1,600x1,200, with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.
Running the F.E.A.R. benchmark with high levels of anti-alising and anisotropic filtering with the game configured in its highest quality mode proved to be too much for these new mainstream Radeon HD 2600 and 2400 series cards. Here, whether running in a single-card or CrossFire configuration, the new Radeons couldn't keep with any of the competition.