Test Configuration

Test Configuration

Test Configuration – Hardware

  • Intel Core i7-6700K (reference 4.0GHz, HyperThreading and Turbo boost is on to 4.4GHz; DX11 CPU graphics).
  • ASRock Z7170M OC Formula motherboard (Intel Z7170 chipset, latest BIOS, PCIe 3.0/3.1 specification, CrossFire/SLI 8x+8x)
  • G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB, dual channel at 3000MHz)
  • GTX 1080 6GB, Founders Edition, stock clocks, supplied by Nvidia
  • TITAN X (Pascal), 12GB, stock clocks, supplied by Nvidia
  • 2TB Toshiba 7200 rpm HDD
  • EVGA 1000G 1000W power supply unit (for both platforms)
  • Thermaltake Water2.0, supplied by Thermaltake
  • Onboard Realtek Audio
  • Genius SP-D150 speakers, supplied by Genius
  • Thermaltake Overseer RX-I full tower case, supplied by Thermaltake (Skylake)
  • ASUS 12X Blu-ray writer
  • Monoprice Crystal Pro 4K

Test Configuration – Software

  • Nvidia’s GeForce 368.64 GTX 1060 launch drivers were used for both Nvidia cards.  High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display. 
  • 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 four DX12 titles are run under the DX12 render path. Latest DirectX
  • All games/SW are patched to their latest versions at time of publication.
  • MSI’s latest beta version of Afterburner was used to set the Power and Temperature targets to their maximum.
  • The 5 PC Game benchmark suite & 2 synthetic tests


  • Firestrike – Basic & Extreme
  • Time Spy DX12
DX11 Game
  • DiRT Rally

DX12 Games

  • Ashes of the Singularity
  • Hitman
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Total War: Warhammer

Nvidia’s Control Panel settings:


We used MSI’s Afterburner to set our TITAN X Power and Temperature targets to their maximum.

Let’s check out our Performance Summary chart followed by our preliminary conclusion.



  1. I just brought a gtx1080… Feel a bit sick now… However i am only gaming at 1080p on my television so…. I think im good for a while or until i can afford to get a good monitor.

    As great as the 1080 is i can still make it sweat at 1080p on a couple of games which is a bit disheartening but then i guess almost anything has breaking points.

    • I am running a full custom liquid cooled setup with the 1080 Founders Edition. All EKWB blocks, fitting and petg tubing. I am running through a Sony bravia x800d at full 4k hitman maxed out and get between 56-60fps. I turned off all post processing in the TV settings for input 2. I’m overclocking my cpu 1 gigahertz and the 1080 is at factory base clocks.

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