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Something retarded I once did before figuring out why I got horrible FPS was that I set FRAPS to record videos at 25 FPS. You should check and see if you are making that mistake.
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Since you're using Anti-Aliasing, make sure "Soft Shadows" are off. It's a problem with the software where it can't run AA and Shadows at the same time with nVidia cards.
That's a problem with the game, not nVidia cards. I can't run soft shadows/AA at the same time either.

Try restarting your PC. I need to restart my PC to get FEAR working properly sometimes.. it sucks, but it runs perfectly when I've restarted.
    
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I know exactly what the problem is:

TURN OFF XFIRE OF FRAPS IF YOU HAVE THEM ON
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I had the same exact problem, couldn't go over 19 FPS. Turns out the xfire in game messaging screws it up. Finding xfire as your culprit, just go to the settings and disable in-game messaging to FEAR.

I try to respond to as many threads about this as I can, but it seems everyone runs into this problem and just figures its FPS lag. I almost was about to format before I figured this out.
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Wouldn't be using the MX or G5 Logitech mouse and/or keyboard would you (see why the old sig worked better)?

If not, go into F.E.A.R. configuration utility and checkmark everything. Then enter F.E.A.R.. What's your benchmark results?

Three bugs to F.E.A.R. that effect the fps...

1. Logitech G5 mouse and keyboard.
2. Audio -- Some makes of Creative soundcards don't work well. You'll have to disable hardware acceleration in Windows.
3. High textures; volumetric lights; soft shadows, high shaders and reflections.

F.E.A.R. devs divided up levels in "sectors". Some sectors are balanced for GPU computations, some for CPU. The problem is those with slower CPUs will hit extremely slow framerates in moving scenes if sectored for CPU (you can test this out in the benchmark test, when the camera pans the waking of the clones scene, with 640x480 and min textures with everything else turned off). Folks mistake thinking F.E.A.R. is just GPU intensive, there are sectors in every level that are designed for CPU utilization.

BTW, ATI users will suffer one glitch: texture loading when first entering GPU sectors. It's a slight hitch you'll experience as textures load. F.E.A.R. was designed specially for Nvidia cards and reflects it.
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Wouldn't be using the MX or G5 Logitech mouse and/or keyboard would you (see why the old sig worked better)?

If not, go into F.E.A.R. configuration utility and checkmark everything. Then enter F.E.A.R.. What's your benchmark results?

Three bugs to F.E.A.R. that effect the fps...

1. Logitech G5 mouse and keyboard.
2. Audio -- Some makes of Creative soundcards don't work well. You'll have to disable hardware acceleration in Windows.
3. High textures; volumetric lights; soft shadows, high shaders and reflections.

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BTW, ATI users will suffer one glitch: texture loading when first entering GPU sectors. It's a slight hitch you'll experience as textures load. F.E.A.R. was designed specially for Nvidia cards and reflects it.
Very helpful and technical information. I have heard of all these problems before, but his symptoms do not reflect these problems.

I guarantee my solution is the solution.
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How are you so sure?
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How are you so sure?
Yes, I know, it is annoying that there is such a simple fix for such a strange occurrence.

You information has not gone unnoticed.

I think it's terrific that you go to such great extents to help our members. You are truly a valuable addition to our community, I have seen it in many of your posts.

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post #29 of 36
Strange thing is, I run XFire while gaming and it did nothing to the fps, at least drop it to 25fps (it's a godsend to connect to some hard to connect to servers, too!).

Seems more to do with a conflict, as that's what tends to happen with marked fps drops -- especially with Logitech G5 mice.

But if all else fails, he can just rename fear.exe (an ATI trick to get around the game's optimizations), and see if that helps.
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post #30 of 36
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Originally Posted by D3DAiM View Post
I know exactly what the problem is:

TURN OFF XFIRE OF FRAPS IF YOU HAVE THEM ON
Not true for everyone, Xfire relesed an update that fixed this issue, we can NOW rules this out, kthksbai
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