|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 v1.0.5, 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.|
We've pointed out how well the GeForce cards do in F.E.A.R. in past reviews, and the news remains the same (or worse) for the mid-range Radeons here as well. While initial testing at 1280x960 and 1600x1200 showed a little promise for Sapphire as its card bested the X1800 XL and the 7800 GT at the higher resolution, its frame rates completely dropped off the map when AA and Aniso were enabled.