F.E.A.R. remains one of the scariest games released for the PC and without a doubt, one of the most demanding. For each of the performance tests, F.E.A.R. was run at maximum, high, and medium video/CPU settings at resolutions of 1024x768, 1280x960 and 1600x1200 using the built-in timedemo.
As a side note, I am still incredibly impressed at how well F.E.A.R. scales. Even at 1024x768 and medium settings, the visuals look fantastic. Although you can tell certain effects are disabled, the textures are crisp, explosions look decent, and special fire effects put Half-Life 2's 2D fire sprite to shame.
F.E.A.R. Performance - Maximum, High, and Medium
F.E.A.R. is quite CPU-dependent considering that there is almost no difference in the performance between a given resolution and the three detail levels. That was mildly disappointing, but not because of the NX7900GT.
If I really want to squeeze better performance from F.E.A.R, I really don't have to worry about upgrading the graphics card; overclocking the CPU should give me the boost I need. The disappointing part is that the graphics card is not being used to its fullest potential, but it's reassuring to know that when the CPU speed bump comes, the NX7900GT will be able and equipped to handle the increased demand.