FEAR

FEAR (Direct X)


One of the most impressive games of E3 2005 turned out to be one of the most graphically intense as well. 

Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 83

Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 84

*** 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. 

Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 85

Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 86

Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 87

Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 88

Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 89

Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 90

FEAR does have some issues with NVIDIA drivers and the new Vista operating system.  The 7900 GTX card saw performance drop like a rock; by nearly 40% at 1600×1200 but at higher resolutions the card is too slow of a performer to really take note of the differences.  However, the 8800 GTX does very well in FEAR with performance numbers under Vista just about matching those of Windows XP.

Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 91

Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 92

Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 93

Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 94

Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 95

Windows Vista Gaming Performance - NVIDIA and ATI Compared - Graphics Cards 96

The AMD driver definitely has an issue with FEAR in Windows Vista; the fact that the maximum FPS is at 45 or so across all the resolutions tested in Vista while it was as high as 222 under Windows XP with CrossFire definitely raises a few eyebrows.  The average frame rate falls a horrendous 58% in the single card test at 1600×1200 and at 2560×1600 the CrossFire configuration average FPS drops by 53%. 

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