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.
At both 16×12 and 20×15, the GX2 card is able to take the top performance crown from the X1900 XTX and the 7900 GTX, and edge by the 7900 GT SLI configuration as well. At 1600×1200, the 7950 GX2 beats the X1900 XTX by 37% and at 2048×1536 by 32%. During some heavy action scenes, even the 7950 GX2 had some problematic slowdown at 20×15, but it was a much better experience than any other configuration we tested.