FEAR (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:
*** Note: we have disabled Soft Shadows in all the below tests despite what the screen indicates above. And since we were using the retail game this time, I opted to use the in-game “settings test” fly by to compare performance.
It’s safe to say now that with the X1900 XTX you can start looking at playing FEAR at resolutions above the 1280×960 we have been sticking to in our benchmarks since its release. The XTX has a 29% lead over NVIDIA 512 MB card here and leads the pack dominantly.
Despite scaling nearly 25% with a second card, the X1900 XT CF configuration falls behind that of the 7800 GTX 512s, which are able to scale tremendously.