FEAR – Radeon HD 2600 XT

FEAR (DirectX 9)


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

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*** 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. 

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The new AMD HD 2600 XT can’t keep up with either the 8600 GTS or the 8600 GT cards from NVIDIA in our single card tests here in FEAR. 


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At 1280×960, CrossFire does see a nice scaling factor of about 61% with two cards, but both the 8600 GTS SLI and 8600 GT SLI configurations simply blow it out of the water.

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