|One of the most highly anticipated titles of 2005 was Monolith's paranormal thriller F.E.A.R. Taking a look at the 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, that is a Radeon 9000 or GeForce4 Ti-class or better, to adequately run the game. Using the full retail release of the game patched to v1.03, 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 then completed at resolutions of 1152x864 and 1600x1200, with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.|
All of the single-GPU powered card performed similarly in the F.E.A.R. benchmark. The dual-GPU GeForce 7950 GX2 was in a league of its own, however. Disregarding the GX2 results, we see the Gigabyte GV-NX79X512DB performing at the same level as NVIDIA's reference GeForce 7900 GTX and roughly on-par with the Radeon X1900 XTX. The Radeon X1900 XTX was two frames per second slower than the GV-NX79X512DB at the lower resolution, but once we cranked the test system up to 1600x1200, the Radeon pulled ahead by a single frame per second.