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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. According to the game's minimum system requirements, it needs at least a 1.7GHz Pentium 4 with 512MB of system
and a 64MB graphics card in the Radeon 9x00 or GeForce4 Ti-classes or better, to adequately run. Using the full retail release of the game patched to v1.08, 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 through 2,560 x 1,600, with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering enabled.
When running in a single-card configuration at 1280x1024 or 1600x1200, the new Radeon HD 2900 XT and standard GeForce 8800 GTS performed at nearly identical levels. The factory-overclocked GTS was markedly faster, however, as were the more expensive GTX and Ultra. In a dual-card configuration though, both of the GeForce 8800 GTS rigs pulled out in front.
At the more demanding XHD resolutions, the HD 2900 XT couldn't quite catch the pre-overclocked 8800 GTS in either a single-GPU or a dual-GPU configuration at 1920x1200. But at 2560x1600, the Radeon HD 2900 XT jumped out to a huge lead and crushed the GTS cards by as much as 41%.