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.
In our single card results for FEAR, it appears that the NVIDIA 7900 GS has the win over ATI’s X1950 Pro, but just barely. The scores are nearly neck and neck on the average FPS but the minimum’s are consistently higher on the NVIDIA setup; an important trait for performance here. The CrossFire setup did very well though, giving us a 46% average FPS gain at the 1600×1200 resolution. Note though that the minimum frame rate stays about the same — the spikes remain the same anywhere CPU utilization is the key to performance.