|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.|
Easily one of the most taxing titles on the market today, it was somewhat suspenseful waiting to see how NVIDIA's new $199 GPU would fare against F.E.A.R. Here, we were impressed to find the XFX GeForce 7900 GS churning out an impressive 49FPSs when running at 1280x960 with 4x AA and 16 AF. As many of you know, this resolution was used as the game does not natively support the more common 1280x1024 we typically test with. Again, we see overall performance falling within 2FPS of the costlier GeForce 7900 GT. Raising the resolution to a more taxing 1600x1200, the XFX GeForce 7900 GS still manages to average 35FPS. Once more, the Radeon X1800 GTO finds itself the low man on the totem pole and can only muster 23FPS at the same settings.