Sierra's latest first person shooter which relies heavily on DirectX 9 features.
With its "Soft Shadows" feature enabled, even the fastest videocards run at a
crawl, FEAR is definitely the new benchmark for future FPS games to
FEAR is probably the game that is hardest on
videocards, irregardless of ATI or nVidia GPU. Even the extra memory on the MSI
RX1800XT-VT2D512E doesn't quite enable it to run FEAR at 1600x1200 with details
set to their maximum.
Nice to have ATi
back in the game...
A two horse race is always more
entertaining, and a healthy ATI and nVIDIA is good for consumers and gamers
alike. The videocard market in 2006 are shaping up to be a very exciting turn of
events, with a flurry of new technologies slated for release by both
There is little doubt that the MSI RX1800XT-VT2D512E is a
fast videocard, but all things being equal it is a bit "late" coming to the
party. The GeForce 7800GTX has been around for half a year already, and
performance of the 512MB-version X1800 XT VPU is only slightly improved
on the 256MB 7800GTX in many instances.
As usual, MSI includes everything with its videocards
that a user will likely need to take full advantage of its many wondrous
features, options, connectors, and capabilities. The MSI RX1800XT-VT2D512E is
very well equipped, both in terms of bundled in hardware and software. We can't
overlook the included full version of Colin Macrae Rally 2005 either.
To say that the MSI RX1800XT-VT2D512E is fast is an understatement. This card
has absolutely no problems running the latest games with Anti Aliasing or
Anisotropic filtering fully enabled! In general the extra 256MB of memory
allows the Radeon X1800XT core to performs at about the same level as a
256MB GeForce 7800GTX (in most instances), however it's not quite as fast as the
512MB-version Geforce 7800GTX videocard. The ATI R520 core is only a few
months old, so it's realistic to expect subsequent driver updates will improve
the situation in small doses.
Unfortunately overclocking the MSI RX1800XT-VT2D512E was
a no go. When we tried, the core would automatically drop back down to stock
speeds within a few seconds of running benchmarks. I'm not sure what the issue
is but hopefully retail cards will not suffer from the same limitation.
It's nice to see that ATi is back in the game and the MSI RX1800XT-VT2D512E is
definitely a videocard that hardcore gamers should consider. With a retail price
of $615 CDN ($529 USD), the MSI RX1800XT-VT2D512E is
premium gamer hardware that competes nicely against nVIDIA's
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