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Review By Mike Chambers - January 21, 2006
F.E.A.R. was developed using Touchdown Entertainment's Jupiter EX game development kit. Jupiter EX is a DirectX 9 renderer that makes extensive use of the High Level Shader Language (HLSL) and is capable of falling back to DirectX 8 shaders for older graphics cards such as the GeForce 4 Ti and GeForce FX 5900 series.
F.E.A.R. was touted in NVIDIA's GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB press release as being the first in a series of upcoming games that will tax today's most powerful gaming PCs.
There is a whole new crop of games coming out for the holidays that use the same kinds of special effects that have been used in animated movies in the past, and these games tax even the most powerful gaming PCs," stated Ujesh Desai, general manager of desktop GPUs at NVIDIA. "For many gamers it is time to upgrade. The first evidence of this is a new game called F.E.A.R. from Monolith."
The following results are from F.E.A.R.'s built-in performance test, which generates minimum, average, and maximum frame rates. F.E.A.R. also provides the percentage of frames that are less than 25, between 25 and 40, and greater than 40, which are provided on the next page.
The first set of results is based on resolutions that range from 1600x1200 with no antialiasing to 2048x1536 with 2X antialiasing.
F.E.A.R. Performance Test - No AA & 2X AA
At a resolution of 1600x1200 with no antialiasing, a single GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB received an average of 61fps, which is certainly playable. However, the power of the GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB running the F.E.A.R. performance test in SLI is clearly evident in all of the benchmark results. It is also evident that SLI benefits gamers with displays capable of supporting resolutions greater than 1600x1200 at a desirable refresh rate.
In the second set of results, the level of antialiasing was increased to 4X, which provides a significant increase in image quality - especially at higher resolutions.
F.E.A.R. Performance Test - 4X AA
The relative increase in performance that the GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB in SLI has over a single GPU is even greater with 4X antialiasing enabled.