F.E.A.R. (or First Encounter Assault Recon) is a one of the newer entrants to our game benchmark suite, and it features jaw-dropping graphics, a killer Matrix-like "reflex time" feature, and a physics engine that can bring any system to its knees. This Monolith production includes a wide selection of System and Video settings, along with an in-game testing module to keep things 100% comparable between different graphics cards. In this case, as we are dealing with video card performance, so we have racked the computer and graphics settings to high (max only increases AF and AA) and then testing at the different resolutions.
F.E.A.R. is one of the most demanding game benchmarks in our entire suite, and its overall design rewards both pure graphics performance and an SM 2.0/3.0 feature set.
These higher graphical requirements really fit the dual-GPU format of the PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB, and the framerates are noticeably higher, even at the standard resolution and detail setting. This is a bit surprising, but some game engines, like F.E.A.R. apparently, can really make use of NVIDIA SLI.
F.E.A.R. AA and AF Widescreen Performance
The overall framerates do drop with the 4X AA and 8X AF widescreen settings, but the XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 still posts some very impressive scores, especially in terms of relative performance.
Company of Heroes Performance
Company of Heroes is one of the more recent addition to our game benchmark suite, and true to form, it offers one of the most demanding benchmark environments ever. CoH is a WW2 real-time strategy game, which again provides us with a nice change of pace from the usual FPS benchmark. To give the video cards an even tougher time, we have enabled SM3.0, and set every available graphics option to High.
Company of Heroes is a very demanding game benchmark, and is another that seems to play to the SLI advantage. The PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GX2 1GB shows excellent performance in this test, and there is only a small gap between 1280x1024 and 1600x1200.
Company of Heroes AA and AF Widescreen Performance
We see a continuation of the above trends at the widescreen/higher detail benchmarking, and the PNY board is way out in front of the competition, again showing exceptional framerates at 1920x1200.