Test configuration

Test Configuration – Hardware

  • Intel Core i7-6700K (reference 4.0GHz, HyperThreading and Turbo boost is on to 4.6GHz; DX11 CPU graphics).
  • ASRock Z7170M OC Formula motherboard (Intel Z7170 chipset, latest BIOS, PCIe 3.0/3.1 specification, CrossFire/SLI 8x+8x)
  • HyperX 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB, dual channel at 3333MHz)
  • PowerColor RX 570 4GB – at Red Devil reference clocks, supplied by PowerColor
  • PowerColor RX 470 4GB – at Red Devil reference clocks, supplied by PowerColor
  • EVGA GTX 1060 SC 3GB, reference GTX 1060 3GB clocks, supplied by EVGA
  • Two 2TB Seagate 7200 rpm SSHDs for each platform
  • EVGA 1000G 1000W power supply unit
  • EVGA CLC 280mm liquid cooler, supplied by EVGA
  • 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 381.65 drivers were used for the GTX 1060 3GB.  High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display. 
  • AMD ReLive Software 17.10.30 Press drivers were used for the benching both PowerColor cards
  • 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. The DX12 titles are run under the DX12 render path, and DOOM was run using the Vulkan API. Latest DirectX
  • All games are patched to their latest versions at time of publication.
  • Sapphire’s TriXX overclocking software, latest beta, was used to overclock the RX 570.

The 26 PC Game benchmark suite & 2 synthetic tests


  • Firestrike – Ultra 4K & Extreme
  • Time Spy DX12
  • VRMark
  • Superposition (Unigine’s latest)

DX11 Games

  • Crysis 3
  • Metro: Last Light Redux (2014)
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • The Witcher 3
  • Fallout 4
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Just Cause 3
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • DiRT Rally
  • Far Cry Primal
  • Call of Duty Infinite Warfare
  • Watch Dogs 2
  • Resident Evil 7
  • For Honor
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda

Vulkan Game

  • DOOM 

DX12 Games

  • Tom Clancy’s The Division
  • Ashes of the Singularity
  • Hitman
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Total War: Warhammer
  • Deus Ex Mankind Divided
  • Gears of War 4
  • Battlefield 1 
  • Sniper Elite 4

AMD Settings

Here are the settings that we always use in AMD’s Crimson Control Center for our default benching. 

We used Sapphire’s TriXX to set the power limit to its maximum and also for overclocking..

NVIDIA’s Control Panel settings:


We used MSI’s Afterburner to set the GTX 1060’s Power and Temperature targets to their maximum.

Let’s check out Red Devil RX 570 overclocking next.