Performance Comparisons with F.E.A.R
|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 and without anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.|
With F.E.A.R. performance testing, we see the same pattern as we saw in FarCry and 3DMark06, where the NX7600GT-VT2D256E commanded a solid lead over the X1600XT. This time around, we saw a 19FPS lead in No AA testing at 1024x768, while the lead dropped to 15FPS at 1600x1200. With 4XAA and 16X Aniso testing, the NX7600GT-VT2D256E took a greater performance hit percentage wise, yet still held a 6FPS over the X1600XT at both resolutions.