The results of the performance-mainstream cards are indicative of the modest system requirements of the game. The Radeon HD 4850 is the only solution that cannot cope with it at 1920x1200 whereas every other card offers high performance in that mode.
We can also see that ATI’s solutions have a lower bottom speed than Nvidia’s ones, so the latter look preferable. We guess the best choice in this category is the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 that combines high performance with low noise and power consumption.
The old GeForce GTX 9800+ is good enough, too. It is not much slower than the younger GeForce at 1920x1200 and competes with the Radeon HD 4870 1GB at high resolutions. The Radeon HD 4850 is hamstringed by its low GPU frequency but delivers a comfortable speed at resolutions up to 1680x1050.
Anyway, we have to admit that Nvidia’s solutions are preferable to ATI’s ones in the performance-mainstream category in the total of their consumer properties if not in sheer performance. In the order of descending appeal for the customer, the cards can be ranked as follows: GeForce GTX 260 Core 216, GeForce 9800 GTX+, Radeon HD 4870 1GB, and Radeon HD 4850.
The GeForce GTX 280 does not take part in the competition because Nvidia has replaced this model with the GeForce GTX 285. But if you find this card at an appealing price, you shouldn’t refuse it because the GeForce GTX 280 is somewhat faster than the GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 in modern games, including F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin.