|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.|
F.E.A.R. proved to be a strong point for the EVGA e-GeForce 7950 GT KO card(s). In single-card mode they e-GeForce approached the performance of a Radeon X1950 XTX and handily outpaced the X1950 Pro. And things only got better in dual-card SLI mode. With a pair of e-GeForce 7950 GT KO cards installed, framerates scaled nicely. In fact, at 1280x1024 the 7950 GT SLI configuration was faster than a pair of X1950 XTX cards running in CrossFire mode, and the 7950's only trailed by 3 FPS at 1600x1200. Conversely, the Radeon X1950 Pro CrossFire rig scaled poorly and lagged behind the e-GeForce 7950 GT KO rig by a significant margin at both resolutions.