|One of the most highly anticipated titles of 2005 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 1,280x960 and 1,600x1,200, with anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.|
It was more of the same in the F.E.A.R. benchmark. This go-round, the Sapphire Radeon X1950 XTX was again faster than the 7900 GTX, but it just missed the mark set by the GeForce 8800 GTS. The more powerful, and much more expensive GeForce 7950 GX2 and 8800 GTX cards, however, significantly outperformed the Radeon X1950 XTX at both resolutions.