|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 GeForce 7950 GX2's dominant performance continued in the F.E.A.R. benchmark. The 7950 GX2 was upwards of 20 frames per second faster than any other single card at both resolutions when clocked at NVIDIA's reference specs, and sometimes up to 30 frames per second faster thanks to XFX's higher clocks. The GeForce 7900 GTX SLI rig was the fastest overall, but this time around the CrossFire rig fell victim to the 7950 at 1600x1200. CrossFire's relatively poor scaling in this game at higher resolutions allowed the GX2 to blow right past it, especially the XFX card, which smoked the CrossFire setup by 14 frames per second, which equates to roughly 21%.