Test Configuration – Hardware
- Intel Core i7-6700K (reference 4.0GHz, HyperThreading and Turbo boost is on to 4.4GHz; DX11 CPU graphics).
- ASRock Z7170M OC Formula motherboard (Intel Z7170 chipset, latest BIOS, PCIe 3.0/3.1 specification, CrossFire/SLI 8x+8x)
- HyperX 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB, dual channel at 3333MHz), supplied by Kingston
- 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, PCOe 3.0 specification, CrossFire/SLI 8x+8x)
- Kingston 16 GB HyperX Beast DDR3 RAM (2×8 GB, dual-channel at 2133MHz, supplied by Kingston)
- XFX Fury X, 4GB HBM, reference clocks.
- GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 8GB reference clocks, supplied by Nvidia
- GeForce GTX 1070 8GB, Founders Edition at reference clocks, supplied by Nvidia
- Two 2TB Toshiba 7200 rpm HDDs for each platform
- EVGA 1000G 1000W power supply unit
- Thermaltake Water2.0, supplied by Thermaltake
- 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 375.86 drivers used for the GTX 980 Ti and the GTX 1070 cards except for the latest GeForce WHQL 376.06 driver for Watch Dogs 2. Older drivers compared 368.22 for the GTX 980 Ti and 368.19 for the GTX 1070 launch. High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display.
- AMD Crimson Software latest 16.11.5 hotfix and older 16.5.3 drivers were used for benching the Fury X.
- 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 below the averages.
- Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games.
- Windows 10 64-bit Home edition, all DX11 titles were run under DX11 render paths. Our DX12 titles are run under the DX12 render path. Latest DirectX
- All games are patched to their latest versions at time of publication.
- AMD WattMan was used to set Fury X power +50%.
- MSI’s Afterburner, latest beta, was used for Nvidia cards for setting power/temp limit to maximum.
- Firestrike – Ultra & Extreme
- Time Spy DX12
- Crysis 3
- GRiD Autosport
- Metro: Last Light Redux (2014)
- Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor
- Alien Isolation
- Dragon’s Age: Inquisition
- Dying Light
- Total War Attila
- Grand Theft Auto V
- the Witcher 3
- The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
- 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 – Open GL and Vulkan APIs
- Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
- Deus Ex Mankind Divided
- Shadow Warrior 2
- Battlefield 1
- Call of Duty Infinite Warfare
- Titanfall 2
- Watch Dogs 2
- Ashes of the Singularity
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Total War: Warhammer
- Deus Ex Mankind Divided
- Gears of War 4
- Civilization VI
Nvidia Control Panel settings:
AMD Crimson Control Center Settings:
Let’s head to the performance charts to see how the GTX 980 Ti compares with XFX Fury X, and with the GTX 1070 now and 6 months ago.