|One of the most highly anticipated titles of 2005, Monolith's new psychological thriller F.E.A.R promises to be as thrilling to the mind as it is to the eyes. 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. Using the newly released single player demo, we put the notebook through its paces to see how it fared with a promising new title. Here, all graphics settings within the game were set to "Medium" and Trilinear Filtering was enabled. Benchmark runs were then completed at resolutions of 1024x768 and 1280x1024.|
Monolith's F.E.A.R. is not a forgiving game when it comes to performance. If you want the best graphics, you need the best card, which would be NVIDIA's GeForce 7800GTX, or ATI's Radeon x1800XT. Our budget cards put up some respectable framerates, however. The XFX GeForce 6600 comes in 2nd, being bested by the faster and more expensive 6600GT. While the XFX 6600 DDR 2 gets 36FPS average using a resolution of 1024x768, you should know that the minimum framerate was 22FPS. To keep F.E.A.R. playable, we recommend dropping the resolution to 800x600, and using no Anti-Aliasing or Anisotropic filtering.