|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 v1.0.8, 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.|
After some mostly close or slightly lower scores for the 7600 GT, there's finally a little something to smile about for prospective GeForce buyers when using F.E.A.R. as the benchmark. During the standard test runs, the 7600 GT was performing more on overclocked X1650 XT levels rather than the standard clock speed version. This was short-lived, however, as both X1650 XT cards pulled back ahead of the 7600 GT when applying AA samples.