FEAR (Direct X)
One of the most impressive games of E3 2005 turned out to be one of the most graphically intense as well.
*** 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 the 1600 and 1920 resolutions, the ATI X1900 XT and the GeForce 7950 GT cards are equal performers; all three allow playable games at 16×12 with AA and AF enabled. 1920×1200 might be acceptable to some, but I thought the reaction times were a bit laggy with frame rates that low. At 2560×1600, the ATI card is able to pull out a high percentage win, but isn’t really a useful result as gaming at that resolution isn’t a possibility.
With SLI though we see an 87% performance gain at 2560×1600 and a 92% gain at 1920×1200, making this widescreen resolution very smooth.