Test Configuration

Test Configuration – Hardware

  • Intel Core i7-4790K (reference 4.0GHz, HyperThreading and Turbo boost is on to 4.4GHz; DX11 CPU graphics), supplied by Intel.
  • ASUS Z97-E motherboard (Intel Z97 chipset, latest BIOS, PCIe 3.0 specification, CrossFire/SLI 8x+8x)
  • Kingston 16 GB HyperX Beast DDR3 RAM (2×8 GB, dual-channel at 2133MHz, supplied by Kingston)
  • EVGA GTX 1080 FTW, 8GB, factory overclocked by EVGA and also further overclocked, supplied by EVGA on loan from TechofTomorrow.
  • GTX 1080, 8GB, Founder’s Edition, reference clocks supplied by Nvidia
  • GTX 1070, 8GB Founder’s Edition, reference clocks, supplied by Nvidia
  • GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 6GB in SLI and also tested as single GPU, reference clocks, supplied by Nvidia
  • EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC, 6GB in SLI and also tested as single GPU, at reference reference clocks, supplied by EVGA
  • 2 x GeForce GTX 980, 4GB, reference clocks, in SLI and also tested as single GPU, supplied by Nvidia
  • GALAX GTX 970 EXOC 4GB, GALAX factory overclock, supplied by GALAX
  • PowerColor R9 Fury X 4GB, at reference clocks.
  • VisionTek R9 290X 4GB, reference clocks, in CrossFire and also tested as single GPU; fan set to 100% to prevent throttling.
  • PowerColor R9 290X, 4GB, reference clocks, in CrossFire; fan set to 100% to prevent throttling.
  • PowerColor R9 280X, 3GB, reference clocks, supplied by PowerColor.
  • Two 2TB Toshiba 7200 rpm HDDs
  • EVGA 1000G 1000W power supply unit
  • Cooler Master 2.0 Seidon, supplied by Cooler Master
  • Onboard Realtek Audio
  • Genius SP-D150 speakers, supplied by Genius
  • Thermaltake Overseer RX-I full tower case, supplied by Thermaltake
  • ASUS 12X Blu-ray writer
  • Monoprice Crystal Pro 4K

Test Configuration – Software

  • Nvidia’s GeForce WHQL 368.39 was used to bench the EVGA FTW and the Founder’s Edition of the GTX 1080.  High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display.  Nvidia divers used in the Big Picture are noted on the chart.
  • The AMD Crimson Software 16.6.1 beta hotfix drivers were used for benching the Fury X.  All other AMD drivers are noted on the Big Picture.
  • VSync is off in the control panel.
  • AA enabled as noted in games; all in-game settings are specified with 16xAF always applied
  • All results show average frame rates including minimum frame rates shown in italics on the chart next to the averages in smaller font.
  • Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games.
  • Windows 10 64-bit Home edition, all DX11 titles were run under DX11 render paths. Our only DX12 title is run under the DX12 render path. Latest DirectX
  • All games are patched to their latest versions at time of publication.
  • EVGA’s Precision XOC, reviewer’s version 4 used for Nvidia cards.

The 26 PC Game benchmark suite & 1 synthetic test

  • Synthetic
  • Firestrike – Basic & Extreme
  • DX11* Games
  • Crysis 3
  • Metro: Last Light Redux (2014)
  • GRID: Autosport
  • Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor
  • Alien Isolation
  • Dragon’s Age: Inquisition
  • Dying Light
  • Total War: Attila
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • ProjectCARS
  • the Witcher 3
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Mad Max
  • Fallout 4
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Just Cause 3
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • DiRT Rally
  • Far Cry Primal
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 
  • DOOM (*OpenGL)
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
  • DX12 Games
  • Ashes of the Singularity
  • Hitman
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider 

Nvidia’s Control Panel settings:NvCP1NvCP2Let’s head to our overclocking section next.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the review, quick question though regarding power consumption. I got this card because it was the only non-FE card available and my concern is that I didn’t realize the higher power consumption due to the overclock on the card. Is there a way via PrecisionX that you can set a power consumption target so that it doesn’t exceed the TDP of the FE version? Basically, I don’t need nor want an extra 2-4 FPS at the expense of the electrical bill cost esp when it’s near 18 cents per kilowatt hour (power+delivery charge+taxes+state/city fees), which it looks like it cost over 55 Watts for an extra 2-4 FPS in certain cases. Is that possible?

    • You’re welcome!

      You can set your own clocks in PrecisionX to whatever you like – i.e. underclock it to match the Founders Edition clocks, or even lower. You can also lower the Power Target. You can find your own “sweet spot” for clocks versus gaming performance with a little experimentation.

      Here’s a suggestion for a very useful tool that may be able to save you money since you are in an area with high electricity costs:

      http://www.p3international.com/products/p4400.html

      They often go on sale for under $25, and you can see exactly how much electricity you are using.

      • Great, thank you for the info — I also contacted EVGA and they said to set the power target to 90% to reach a max TDP of 180 Watts.

    • a bit late but i use this card with the visio M series. 65 inch

      It ummmm…

      There is no way i could describe it to you. But once you see it. You cannot unsee it.

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