|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 and without anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.|
A pattern similar to what we saw with FarCry and Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory emerged with the F.E.A.R. benchmark. Once again, without any additional pixel processing applied, the GeForce 7900 GTX was the top dog, besting the ATI powered cards by as much as 10%. Switch on 4X anti-aliasing and 16X anisotropic filtering though, and the Radeons come right back. The 7900 GTX remained slightly faster at the lower resolution, but at 1600x1200 with 4XAA and 16X Aniso enabled the Toxic is over 10% faster than NVIDIA's current flagship.