FEAR – Radeon HD 2600 Pro and 2400 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 2600 Pro and 2400 XT are much much slower than the 8600 GT.  Again, the 8600 GT is probably a class above the 2400 XT here in terms of pricing so that comparison might be unfair to AMD.  However, the 2600 Pro has an MSRP of $99 and falls right into the 8600 GT’s lap.


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Since we already know that hte 8600 GT is going to be kicking the 2400 XT around most of the time, I won’t bother mentioning it every time we show thes CrossFire versus SLI graphs.  I really just want to show you how the 2400 XT scales in CrossFire mode, and the 8600 GT SLI numbers are the lower cost solution from NVIDIA I have here. 

Here we see that the 2400 XT is able to scale at 51% at 1024×768 and 54% at 1280×960 — not bad but these resolutions are still not playable at these image quality (IQ) settings.

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