|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 v1.05, 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 resolutions of 1280x960 and 1600x1200, with and without anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.|
Over and over again, F.E.A.R. proves to be a respectable test. From the results, you can tell that our system wasn't allowing the MSI 8800 GTX to really stretch its legs. It still wins the most punishing tests (1600x1200), but not by a very large margin. If you love F.E.A.R. and eye candy, and you plan on purchasing an 8800 GTX, you should definitely buy a processor that is more powerful than an AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+.