Test Configuration

Test Configuration

Test Configuration – Hardware

  • Intel Core i7-4790K (reference 4.0GHz, HyperThreading and Turbo boost is on to 4.4GHz as set by the AUS MB BIOS; 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)
  • GTX 1070, 8GB, Founder’s Edition, reference and overclocked, supplied by Nvidia
  • GTX 1080, 8GB, Founder’s Edition, reference clocks supplied by Nvidia
  • GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 6GB reference clocks, supplied by Nvidia
  • 2 x GeForce GTX 980 in SLI (and also tested as a single card), 4GB, reference clocks, supplied by Nvidia
  • GALAX GTX 970, 4GB, GALAX factory overclock, supplied by GALAX
  • GTX 980, 4GB, reference clocks, supplied by Nvidia
  • GTX TITAN, 12GB, reference clocks, supplied by Nvidia
  • PowerColor R9 Fury X 4GB, stock clocks.
  • VisionTek R9 290X, 4GB, reference clocks with fan set to 100 percent to prevent throttling
  • PowerColor R9 280X, 3GB, reference clocks.
  • 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 GTX 1080 Launch Drivers 368.13 and 368.16 (they differ only that 368.16 was written to enable use  of the new Precision X) were used for the GTX 1080, the GTX TITAN X and for GTX 980 SLI.  Launch drivers 368.19 were used for the GTX 1070 and the latest public WHQL 368.22 drivers were used to benchmark the GTX 980 Ti, the GTX 980, and the GTX 970 EXOC.   High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display. 
  • The AMD Crimson Software very latest 16.5.3 hotfix was used for benching the Fury X; hotfix was used for the 290X and the 280X.  Global settings are noted below after the benchmark suite.
  • VSync is forced off in the control panels.
  • AA enabled as noted in games; all in-game settings are specified with 16xAF always applied
  • All chart results show average frame rates in bold 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.
  • Clean install of 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.
  • EVGA’s Precision XOC, latest beta reviewer’s version was used for all Nvidia cards.

The 25 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 Knight
  • 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 game)
  • DX12 Games
  • Ashes of the Singularity
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider 
  • Hitman

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, is left off in our benching.


Nvidia’s Control Panel settings:NvCP1NvCP2

Let’s head to our performance charts.