|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 v1.05, 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 completed at resolutions of 1280x960 and 1600x1200, with and without anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering enabled.|
In the F.E.A.R. benchmark, the 8600 GT Fatal1ty performs quite well when anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering are disabled, but it takes a considerable hit when 4x AA and 8x AF are turned on. When playing F.E.A.R. with this card, you probably should play at 1024x768 if you want high levels of eye candy turned on.