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)
  • GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 6GB reference clocks, supplied by Nvidia
  • GeForce GTX 980, 4GB, reference clocks, supplied by Nvidia
  • PowerColor R9 Fury X 4GB, stock clocks.
  • VisionTek R9 290X 4GB at stock Uber clocks but with the fan allowed to spin up to 100% to prevent throttling.
  • 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 364.51 and 365.10 drivers were used to benchmark the GTX 980 Ti.  WHQL 365.10 and 361.91 were used for the GTX 980.  High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display.  Nvidia divers used in the Big Picture are noted on the chart.
  • The AMD Crimson Software 16.3 beta drivers and hotfix 16.4.1 were used for benching the Fury X and for the 290X.  AMD divers used in the Big Picture are noted on the chart.  Global settings are noted below after benchmark suite.
  • 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 PrecisionX, latest version for Nvidia cards.

The 25 PC Game benchmark suite & 1 synthetic test

  • Synthetic
  • Firestrike – Basic & Extreme
  • DX11* Games
  • Crysis 3
  • Metro: Last Light Redux (2014)
  • Sniper Elite 3
  • GRID: Autosport
  • Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor
  • Alien Isolation
  • Dragon’s Age: Inquisition
  • Dying Light
  • Total War: Attila
  • *Wolfenstein: The Old Blood (*OpenGL game)
  • 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 
  • DX12 Games
  • Ashes of the Singularity
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider 

Here are the settings that we always use in AMD’s Crimson Control Center for our default benching.  They are identical settings to what we used in the older Catalyst Control Center.  The new Power Efficiency Toggle which was made available for the Fury X and some 300 series cards by Crimson Software 16.3, is left off in our benching.

overdriveNotice that we bench our 290X with the fan set to allow it to spin up to 100%.  It never throttles under our benching conditions.

Nvidia’s Control Panel settings:NvCP1NvCP2

Release Notes Highlights for Crimson Software 16.4.1 Drivers

The release notes and download links for the Crimson Catalyst 16.4.1 beta drivers can be found here for Windows 10.  We have benched the Fury X and 290X using this driver for this evaluation.

 

Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.4.1 Highlights

Support for:

    • Quantum Break™
      • Upto 35% faster performance using Quantum Break™ on Radeon™ R9 Fury X than with Radeon™ Software Crimson Edition 16.3.2(1).
    • Oculus Rift™
    • HTC Vive™

Important Note

Please disconnect the HTC Vive™ headset from the computer before installing the AMD Radeon Crimson Edition 16.4.1 driver.  Once the driver installation is complete you may reconnect the HTC Vive™ headset.


Resolved Issues

    • Frame rate capping issues experienced in some DirectX®12 applications is resolved.
    • Hitman™ may experience flickering when played in DirectX® 11 mode using high game shadow settings.

Known Issues

    • A few game titles may fail to launch or crash if the AMD Gaming Evolved overlay is enabled. A temporary workaround is to disable the AMD Gaming Evolved “In Game Overlay”
    • Need For Speed™ may experience poor scaling or flickering in AMD Crossfire™ mode. As a work around users can disable the profile through the Radeon™ Settings game manager.
    • The Division™ may experience flickering in AMD Crossfire™ mode.
    • Power efficiency toggle in Radeon™ Settings is showing up for some unsupported products.
    • XCOM2™ users may experience an application crash when using AMD Crossfire™ mode. As a work around please disable AMD Crossfire™ for the games profile in the Radeon™ Settings Gaming tab.
    • Some DX9 applications cannot disable AMD Crossfire™ mode through Radeon™ Settings.
    • A small subset of AMD Radeon™ R9 380 users may be experiencing slower than expected fan speeds. A work around is to raise your fan speeds through AMD Overdrive in Radeon™ Settings manually to a desired amount.
    • HDMI Scaling options may not be available in Radeon™ Settings on some system configurations.

 

Release Notes Highlights for GeForce 365.10

The release highlights for GeForce 365.10 can be found here together with a download link for Windows 10/8.1/7 64-bit. Below is a short list highlighting the fact that Nvidia’s WHQL driver release schedule is tied to the release of AAA games.

Prior to a new title launching, our driver team is working up until the last minute to ensure every performance tweak and bug fix possible makes it into the Game Ready driver. As a result, you can be sure you’ll have the best day-1 gaming experience for your favorite new titles.

Game Ready
Learn more about how to get the optimal experience for Battleborn, Forza Motorsport 6: APEX Beta, OverwatchBeta, and Paragon Beta.

For the comprehensive release notes, you will need to download the .pdf