|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.|
The trend we've witnessed up to this point continued with the F.E.A.R. benchmark. The new GeForce 7950 GT finished where you would expect it to in relation to its GeForce 7 series counterparts, about 10% faster than the 7900 GT and 10% slower than the 7900 GTX. All of the Radeons were able to outpace the 7950 GT, however. Though the 256MB Radeon X1900 XT is the 7950 GT's only direct competitor in terms of price.