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The gaming code may not be a work of art and with maximum quality settings this game is quite capable of bringing down even the best of the best. Even with dual-chip super-card from AMD and Nvidia you can’t achieve maximum screen resolution without accepting certain compromises.

It is fairly difficult to recommend a Radeon HD 6990 or a GeForce GTX 590. So, if you have the budget for a worthy product like that, then go with your gut feeling. Both these cards perform equally fast and in most cases it won’t disappoint you at all. Actually, these are the today’s fastest single-card products in the world.

Single-chip competition results into twelve full rounds in the ring with a slight advantage in favor of Radeon HD 6970. It is hard to explain why GeForce GTX 580 fell 10% behind, other than by the fact that Nvidia drivers are still somewhat raw. It is also important to remember that the game has fairly simple textures and a lot of mathematically-heavy scenes, which is AMD’s indisputable trump.

Performance Category

AMD products take the lead among affordable high-performance solutions. Radeon HD 6950 is the fastest here coping very well with the task. The top representative of VLIW5-architecture is just a little behind the leader. Radeon HD 6870 is only 3 fps short of the desired 60 fps threshold, which is a very good result keeping in mind previously discussed scores. At the same time its more affordable brother, Radeon HD 6850, will need you to compromise on some settings, because it simply can’t overcome the 44 fps barrier.

Although Nvidia solutions used to dominate this price segment, now the GeForce family has to put up with being only second best. Both: higher-performing GeForce GTX 570 as well as more modest GeForce GTX 560 Ti are on average 10-15% slower than Radeon HD 6950 and HD 6870 respectively. Overall, you can see from the graph above that in FullHD mode and 2560x1600 resolution you will have to consider lowering your quality settings for the any accelerator from the Performance segment.

Mainstream Category

If you still remember about the 60+ fps rule for games of this genre, then the Mainstream solutions are definitely not for you. You will obviously have to give up maximum picture quality.

The good old buddy Radeon HD 5770 continues to remain the ultimate leader in this price segment. 20% behind it come Radeon HD 5750 and one of the latest additions to the Fermi family – GeForce GTX 550 Ti.

Although general game mechanics will still allow you to experience the story development in F.E.A.R. 3 to the fullest, the products of this category are definitely not fast enough. You will most likely have to give up not only FSAA, but also a couple of special effects even if you have the latest Radeon HD 6670 in your system.

The outdated products of GeForce GT 430 class are completely unable to bear the load of maximum image quality settings in the Alma universe, so you have either to consider an upgrade, or to agree to dramatically lower quality settings.

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