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 1,920 x 1,200, with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering enabled.
Our multi-GPU F.E.A.R. tests proved to be rather interesting. Here, the Diamond Viper HD 2900 XT 1GB CrossFire configuration was about 10% faster than its dual-512MB card counterpart and it performed on about the same level as the reference GeForce 8800 GTS SLI rig. The factory overclocked GTSs and the GeForce 8800 GTX SLI setup, however, were clearly more powerful.