Performance Comparisons with F.E.A.R.
|One of the most highly anticipated titles of recent years 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 v1.08, 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 1,280x1,024 and 1,600x1,200, with two testing having anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled and two tests with the settings disabled.|
Our F.E.A.R. tests with no AA or AF enabled show the GeForce 8600GT once again coming out on top of the HIS Radeon HD 2600 Pro, this time by an even larger margin.
When we turned on AA and AF, the game became extremely choppy and unplayable on all three cards. However, the 8600GT still maintained a distinct advantage over the overclocked Radeon HD 2600 Pro, running 7 FPS faster at 1280x1024 and 6 FPS faster at 1600x1200.