Performance Comparisons with F.E.A.R
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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 v1.07, 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 anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.
The new GeForce 8600 GTS and GT put up some decent numbers in F.E.A.R. at a resolution of 1280x1024, but with the resolution cranked up to 1600x1200, the fastest of the 8600 GTS cards just hit the 30 FPS mark. Once again, the last-gen GeForce 7950 GT and Radeon X1950 Pro put up the better scores in the singel card configurations. Running a pair of GTS cards in an SLI configuration, however, resulted in a much better score than Radeon X1950 Pro CrossFire at the lower res, but the Radeons pulled ahead once again at 1600x1200.