Now that First Encounter Assault Recon or F.E.A.R. has been officially released, we include this shooter into our list of benchmarks.
The game is known to be very challenging for any graphics subsystem. The beta version was such and the final version isn’t much different. At least, only the SLI system with two ASUS Extreme N7800GT could provide more than 60fps in 1600x1200. Note also that the overclocked ASUS has the performance of the more powerful and expensive GeForce 7800 GTX throughout the test – thanks to the high frequency potential of the NVIDIA G70 chip. As for the “eye candy” mode, even SLI platforms on GeForce 7800 GTX and 7800 GT allow playing F.E.A.R. with comfort in resolutions no higher than 1280x1024. If you have a single top-end graphics card, you have to limit yourself to 1024x768 resolution, at the maximum graphics quality settings at least.