FEAR SP Demo – Mid Range and Budget

FEAR SP Demo (Direct X)


One of the most impressive games of E3 2005 is turning out to be one of the most graphically intense as well.  Even with the 7800 GTX and X1800 XT I didn’t find the game playable at 1600×1200 with all the details turned on:

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The single player demo’s opening map served as our testing point. 

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One note: NVIDIA is saying that the performance of their parts on the demo is going to differ greatly from their performance on the final version of the game.  We’ll keep you updated when the game is available!

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The X1600 XT is able to keep paces with the 6800 GT here and leave the 6800 standard behind.  Interestingly we are being pushed down to 1024×768 resolution and even then I feel the game is definitely unplayable. 

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The X1300 Pro is even able to hold its own here: no wonder ATI has been touting the FEAR game as hard as they have.

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