Test Configuration & Overclocking

Test Configuration – Hardware

  • Intel Core i7-8700K (HyperThreading and Turbo boost are on to 4.7GHz for all cores; Coffee Lake DX11 CPU graphics).
  • EVGA Z370 FTW motherboard (Intel Z370 chipset, latest BIOS, PCIe 3.0/3.1 specification, CrossFire/SLI 8x+8x), supplied by EVGA
  • HyperX 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB, dual channel at 3333 MHz), supplied by HyperX
  • RTX 1060 6GB Founders Edition, at stock FE clocks and overclocked, on loan from NVIDIA.
  • PowerColor Red Devil RX Vega 56 8GB, at stock Red Devil clocks and overclocked, on loan from PowerColor
  • GTX 1070 Ti 8GB Founders Edition, at stock FE clocks and overclocked, on loan from NVIDIA.
  • 2 x 480 GB Team Group SSD; One for Radeon and one for GeForce
  • 1.92 TB San Disk enterprise class SSD
  • 2 TB Micron 1100 SSD
  • Seasonic 850W Gold Focus power supply unit
  • EVGA CLC 280mm CPU water cooler, supplied by EVGA
  • Onboard Realtek Audio
  • Genius SP-D150 speakers, supplied by Genius
  • EVGA DG-77, mid-tower case supplied by EVGA
  • Monoprice Crystal Pro 4K

Test Configuration – Software

  • GeForce 417.54 WHQL drivers are used for both GeForce cards.
  • AMD’s Adrenalin Software 18.12.3 are used for the Red Devil RX Vega 56.
  • VSync is forced off.
  • AA enabled as noted in games; all in-game settings are specified
  • Gaming results show average frame rates in bold including minimum frame rates shown on the chart next to the averages in a smaller italics font.  OCAT uses .1ms frametime measurements for the minimums also shown in italics.
  • Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games.
  • Windows 10 64-bit Home edition latest version and fully updated. All DX11 titles were run under DX11 render paths.  DX12 titles are generally run under the DX12 render path unless performance is lower than with DX11.  Three games use the Vulkan API.
  • Latest DirectX
  • All 39 games are patched to their latest versions at time of publication.
  • Wattman used for setting the stock and overclocked RX Vega 56.
  • MSI Afterburner, latest beta for setting the stock and overclocked GeForces.
  • OCAT, latest version
  • Fraps, latest version
  • Heaven 4.0 Unigine benchmark

39 PC Game benchmark suite & 4 synthetic tests

Synthetic

  • Firestrike – Ultra & Extreme
  • Time Spy DX12
  • Superposition

DX11 Games

  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • The Witcher 3
  • Fallout 4
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Battlefield 1
  • Resident Evil 7
  • For Honor
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • Prey
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Project CARS 2
  • Total Wars: Warhammer II
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of War
  • Destiny 2
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Monster Hunter: World
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Far Cry 5
  • The Crew 2
  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Hitman 2
  • Just Cause 4

DX12 Games

  • Tom Clancy’s The Division
  • Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
  • Hitman
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Deus Ex Mankind Divided
  • Gears of War 4
  • Civilization VI
  • Sniper Elite 4
  • Forza 7
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Battlefield V

Vulkan Games

  • DOOM 
  • Wolfenstein: The New Colossus 
  • Strange Brigade

AMD Control Center Radeon Settings

All AMD settings are set so as to be apples-to-apples when compared to NVIDIA’s control panel settings – all optimizations are off – Vsync is forced off, Texture filtering is set to High, and Tessellation uses application settings.

We use Wattman to set the Red Devil’s power, temperature and fan settings to their maximums to prevent throttling which increase performance over the stock or even the Turbo preset.  We also used Wattman to overclock which involved undervolting the core to overvolt the memory for a maximum overclock.

NVIDIA Control Panel settings

Here are the NVIDIA Control Panel settings.

We used MSI’s Afterburner to set our GeForces’ highest Power and Temperature targets.  By setting the Power Limits and Temperature limits to maximum for each of our two test cards card, they do not throttle, but they can each reach and maintain their individual maximum clocks while overclocked.

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