Performance Mainstream Graphics Cards
Quite surprisingly, but it seems that the RADEON X800 XL along with the GeForce 6800 GS and GT boards is capable of providing 60fps in 1024x768 resolution, which means that even if you don’t want to spend from $300 per graphics card, you will still be able to enjoy F.E.A.R. in all its glory.
The RADEON X1600 XT, which is supposed to be inline with more advanced offerings, online manages to keep up only with the RADEON X800 GTO leaving the GeForce 6800 behind.
While the RADEON X800 XL is faster than the rest in this eye candy case, its performance is still not enough to play with antialiasing and anisotropy, which means that you will have to tweak your settings.
It is definitely interesting to note that the GeForce 6800 GS demonstrates higher minimum framerate than the model 6800 GT in a lot of cases. It is also notable that the RADEON X1600 XT can keep up with the competitors from the GeForce 6800 camp, but its speed is so low that you are unlikely to be able to play comfortably.
So, if you are looking for a performance-mainstream graphics card to play F.E.A.R. you should look at the RADEON X800 XL, which is faster than competing products in eye candy mode.