|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.|
Score yet another victory for the 8800s. In a single-card configuration, the Radeon X1950 XTX puts up a good fight in comparison to the 8800 GTS, but installing a master card and enabling CrossFire doesn't result in the kind of scaling we see with the NVIDIA-based cards. The GeForce 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS scaled much better than the Radeons in this test, hence the much larger margins of victory in the dual-GPU SLI versus CrossFire tests.