|One of the most highly anticipated titles of 2005 was Monolith's paranormal thriller F.E.A.R. Using the full retail release of the game patched to v1.0.7, we put the graphics cards in this review through their paces to see how they fared with a popular title. Here, all graphics settings within the game were set to the maximum values, but with soft shadows disabled (soft shadows and anti-aliasing do not work together currently). Benchmark runs were completed at supported resolutions of 1280x960 and 1600x1200, with and without anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.|
We started out with the GX2 and 7900 GT SLI setups running neck and neck, putting almost 15 frames between them and the single card varieties. This delta nearly doubled at 1600x1200, with the SLI combo pulling slightly ahead of the GX2. Enabling some additional pixel processing put a lot more stress on all of the combatants, with a typical loss of 30 fps per setup, per test. However, we'd all have to agree that getting 65fps at 1600x1200 with 4xAA/8xAF with the GX2 would be much more enjoyable than the 37fps that the single 7900 GT provides.