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With the release of Catalyst 9.2 ATI’s CrossFireX solutions can deliver excellent performance in F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin but we must note that the bottom speed of the Radeon HD 4870 X2 is considerably lower than that of the GeForce GTX 295 at high resolutions although their average frame rates are comparable. The latter also has lower power consumption and produces less noise under load, which makes it the preferable, even though more expensive, choice among the most advanced single-PCB graphics cards.

If you prefer the ATI brand, you can add a single-processor Radeon HD 4870 1GB to the Radeon HD 4870 X2. This asymmetric subsystem is faster even than the GeForce GTX 295 but harder to deal with and noisier. It is a solution for people who need maximum performance whatever the side effects. By the way, talking about the required amount of graphics memory, the GeForce GTX 280 SLI is but slightly faster than the GeForce GTX 295. The difference is about 10% at 2560x1600, so Project Origin is quite satisfied with 896 megabytes of local graphics memory.

The GeForce GTX 285 looks good in this game. Being comparable to the Radeon HD 4850 X2 in terms of average frame rate, it ensures a much higher bottom speed for comfortable play at every resolution including 2560x1600. And it doesn’t depend on the software support for multi-GPU technology and produces little noise. The combination of these properties makes the GeForce GTX 285 the most appealing buy in the Premium/High-End category. This card won’t disappoint you even if you’ve got a 30-inch monitor.

It is also clear that multi-processor graphics solutions are redundant for F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. They do not provide any practical benefits over the GeForce GTX 285 – the gamer just won’t feel the difference in frame rate but will feel it in price. Moreover, the dual-processor and dual-PCB solutions produce more noise and have higher heat dissipation and power consumption.

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