|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.|
The HIS Radeon X1900 XT IceQ3 also handled the F.E.A.R. benchmark relatively well. In the lower resolution test, the HIS card trailed the Radeon X1900 XTX and GeForce 7900 GTX by 2 and 4 frames per second, respectively, but the scales tipped somewhat in favor of the HIS card in the higher resolution test. With the game running at 1600x1200, the HIS Radeon X1900 XT IceQ3 outpaced the GeForce 7900 GTX by 1 frame per second and trailed behind the XTX by 1 frame per second.