|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 1,280x960 and 1,600x1,200, with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.|
Things couldn't have been any closer in the F.E.A.R. benchmark. As you can see from the results above, the Radeon X1950 Pro and GeForce 7900 GT finished with the exact same scores at both resolution when running in single card configurations, which were about 10% to 15% behind the GeForce 7950 GT.
In a dual card CrossFire configuration though, the Radeon X1950 Pros didn't scale all that well. In fact, the 7950 GT SLI configuration shot ahead of the X1950 CrossFire rig by roughly 30 FPS at both resolutions because the NVIDIA multi-GPU setup scaled much better.