Performance summary charts
Here are the summary charts of 36 games and 2 synthetic tests. The highest settings are always chosen and it is DX11 or DX12 with the settings at ultra or maxed except for DOOM which show both Vulkan and OpenGL results (different areas were benchmarked with each API). Specific settings are listed on the main performance chart.
The benches were run at 1920×1080, 2560×1440, and at 3840×2160. All results, except for Firestrike and Time Spy, show average framerates, and higher is always better. In-game settings are fully maxed out and they are identically high or ultra across all platforms. “X” means the benchmark was not run as many new games have been added in the past 6 months to BTR’s benchmarking suite.
The first two columns are devoted to the Fury X results with the latest drivers being used in Column 1 and the May drivers compared in Column 2. The GTX 980 Ti results are given in the center two columns with Column 3 using the November drivers and Column 4 using older May drivers. The last two columns show the GTX 1070 results with Column 5 showing the new drivers and Column 6 giving the performance results with the launch drivers.
Our chart provides a lot of information across 36 games and 2 synthetics. What we can take away from the results generally is that the GTX 1070 is still the fastest single GPU video card of the three cards with the GTX 980 Ti in second place.
Overall, the GTX 980 Ti is still significantly faster than the Fury X in the majority of our games although the Fury X has been able to gain a little ground – 7 additional benches out of the 75 we originally tested are now in the Fury X’ favor – although it is still bested by the GTX 980 Ti overall. We don’t see the GTX 980 Ti losing any ground in the older games to the GTX 1070, although the newer card pulls further ahead in some of the newest games.
We continue to see good optimizations being made for the GTX 980 Ti although they appear smaller than for the GTX 1070. And as AMD’s flagship, we see AMD’s driver team continue to optimize it, making good on their progress to manage its limited 4GB of vRAM rather well. The games where Fury X had issues at 4K – especially with Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and GTA V – are now playing much better now than they were 6 months ago.
Titanfall 2 and to a lesser extent, Watch Dogs 2, appear to be currently problematic for the Fury X at the highest resolution possibly due to the extreme settings and its limited vRAM, and we look for later driver updates to probably address this. Fury X still leads even over the GTX 1070 in AMD-sponsored games like Hitman, Deus Ex Mankind Divided, and Total War Warhammer, and also in DOOM on the Vulkan API; but the vast majority of our 36 tested games favor the GTX 980 Ti and especially the GTX 1070.
Let’s head for our conclusion.
The GTX 1070 is the fastest of the three cards we have tested here using our maxed-out 36 game benchmark suite. In second place is the GTX 980 Ti followed by the Fury X. Nothing has really changed over the past 6 months although the Fury X has managed to gain a little ground on the GTX 980 Ti in 7 individual benchmarks out of the 75 we originally tested. We have no trouble giving our highest recommendation to the GTX 1070 especially now that it is bundled with Watch Dogs 2. And if overclocking is taken into consideration, both the GTX 980 Ti and the GTX 1070 run away from the Fury X which has proved to be a poor overclocker.
If you currently game on an older generation video card, you will do yourself a big favor by upgrading. The move to a GTX 1070 will give you better visuals on the DX11 and DX12 pathways. And if you are looking for the highest current gaming performance in the $400 price range, the GTX 1070 is the fastest of the 3 tested cards.
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