Performance Summary Charts

Performance summary charts & graphs

Here are the summary charts of 25 games and 1 synthetic test. The highest settings are always chosen and it is usually DX11; DX12 is picked above DX11 where available, and the settings are ultra or maxed.  Specific settings are listed on the performance charts.  The benches were run at 1920×1080, 2560×1440, and at 3840×2160.  All results, except for FireStrike, show average framerates and higher is always better. Minimum frame rates are shown when they are available and they make sense, next to the averages but they are in italics and in a slightly smaller font.  In-game settings are fully maxed out and they are identically high or ultra across all platforms.

The Big Picture

Here is our main chart which we call The Big Picture.  Please note that the Fury X is run on this week’s latest Crimson Software hotfix driver 16.5.3 while the 290X and the 280X are run on last week’s hotfix drivers.  The GeForce 1070 and 1080 cards were tested on their respective launch drivers including the TITAN X and GTX 980 SLI which were tested on the GTX 1080’s launch drivers, while the GTX 980 Ti, the GTX 980, and the GTX 970 EXOC were tested on the latest publicly available WHQL drivers released on Monday.  Everything is up to date including all games which were patched to their latest versions as of last night.


The GTX 1080 generally wins almost every game benchmark followed generally by the GTX 1070. GTX 980 SLI is quite variable. The GTX 1070 is a bit slower than GTX 980 SLI, but it certainly confirms Nvidia’s claim that it is “as fast as the TITAN X” and it trades blows with the GTX 980 Ti also.  The GTX 1070 is also faster than the Fury X, although the Fury X manages to win or tie a few game benchmarks.  We can also see that GTX 1070 is more than 60 percent faster than the overclocked GTX 970 EXOC.

The 5 Fastest Single-GPU cards in the world compared

Since the Big Picture is total information overload, let’s drop the 280X, the 290X, the GTX 970, the GTX 980 and GTX 980 SLI, and just concentrate on the highest performing five single GPU cards for an easier comparison.  Here are the five fastest single-GPU cards in the world –  the GTX 1070, the GTX 1080, the GTX 980 Ti, the Fury X and the TITAN X:5-top-cards

Since there is still a lot to look at, let’s break the chart into smaller charts and first look at 2013/2014 games:5-top-cards-2013-4

Now let’s look at 2015 games:5-top-cards-2015

Now let’s look at games released at the end of 2015 into 2016 and also see what happens with 2016 DX12 games.5-top-cards-2015-6

The GTX 1080 is the fastest card with no equal, while the GTX 1070 generally comes in second place.

Please note that DOOM is still a brand new benchmark for us.  We chose a preliminary benchmark run that is repeatable and consistent although there are more demanding areas of the game.  We will update our DOOM benchmark later on as we progress through the game.  However, in its current form, the DOOM benchmark will show relative performance between the video cards that we tested.  It is an excellent game for benchmarking as it is demanding, but well-optimized.  We have updated and maxed out the anisotropic filtering to 16x and have also increased the field of view to 130 percent from the 90 percent that was used in our GTX 1080 launch article to make it more demanding for all of the cards that are tested.


The GTX 1070 vs. the GTX 1080

Now we break up the charts differently so we can focus on just comparing the GTX 1070 with the GTX 1080:1070v1080

It is pretty clear that the GTX 1080 is significantly faster than the GTX 1070 and that overclocking the GTX 1070 on air or water will probably not match a stock GTX 1080.

The GTX 1070 vs. the Fury X vs. the GTX 1080

Here is the GTX 1070 compared with AMD’s fastest single card, the Fury X, with the GTX 1080 also added.1070vFuryXv1080

Let’s count the Fury X wins out of 75 benchmarks.  Fury X wins 2 benches in Batman: Arkham Knight, it ties at 4K in Far Cry Primal although the GTX 1070 has higher minimums, the Fury X wins 2 benches in Hitman with one tie, and Fury X wins all three benches in Ashes of the Singularity although asynchronous compute is not yet enabled for any Nvidia card yet, something that Pascal is supposed to excel at compared with Maxwell.

Out of 75 individual game benchmarks, Fury X wins 6 and ties in 2 others compared with the much less expensive GTX 1070.  That means that the GTX 1080 wins 67 benchmarks and ties two against the Fury X – a blowout against the much more expensive and power-guzzling AMD flagship card. And of course, the GTX 1080 runs away from the Fury X as the Fury X doesn’t win a single benchmark against the new GTX 1080, and it doesn’t even come close.

Let’s head for our conclusion.