|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 v1.02, 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 1280x960 and 1600x1200, with and without anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.|
The MSI RX1800XT-VT2D512E's performance in F.E.A.R. is all over the map. It basically matched an ATI built Radeon X1800 XT frame for frame, and lost out to the 256MB GeForce 7800 GTX in all but one test configuration. As expected the Radeon X1900 XTX was faster all-around, but the 512MB GeForce 7800 GTX could only fend off the RX1800XT-VT2D512 when no additional pixel processing was used. With AA and Ansio enabled, the RX1800XT-VT2D512 was able to nudge past NVIDIA's best.