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.
The Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB card's huge frame buffer didn't result in significantly higher performance in the F.E.A.R. benchmark. It was a single frame per second faster than the 512MB Radeon HD 2900 XT at a couple of the resolutions we tested, and it performed slightly better than the reference GeForce 8800 GTS, but the factory overclocked EVGA GTS and the GeForce 8800 GTS were much faster across the board.