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). All of the following video cards are at reference clocks except as noted.
- GTX 1080 Ti 11GB
- GTX 1080 8GB
- GTX 1070 8GB
- GTX 1060 6GB (EVGA SC clocks)
- GTX 1060 3GB
- GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
- GTX 980 Ti 4GB
- GTX 980 4GB
- GTX 970 4GB
- GTX 780 Ti 3GB
- GTX 770 – 2GB
- Fury X 4GB
- RX 480 8GB, at RX 580 clocks
- RX 570 4GB, at PowerColor Red Devil clocks
- RX 460 4GB
- R9 290X 4GB
- RX 280X 3GB
- RX 270 3GB
- Two 2TB Seagate FireCuda 7200 rpm SSHDs for each platform
- EVGA 1000G 1000W power supply unit
- EVGA CLC 280 CPU 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
- GeForce WHQL 382.05 was used for all NVIDIA cards. High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display. See control panel images below.
- AMD Crimson Software 17.5.1 hotfix drivers were used for all AMD cards. See control panel image below.
- VSync is off in the control panel. G-SYNC is off.
- Specific settings enabled as noted on the chart.
- 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, Prey was run under the DX11 render paths. Latest DirectX
- Prey has been patched to its latest version at time of publication (no patches) and the game is left stock except the framerate cap has been removed.
- MSI’s Afterburner used to set all Power Limit/Draw and temperatures to maximum and clocks to reference speeds.
- Prey, digital retail copy.
AMD Crimson Control Center Settings
We used the latest ReLive 17.5.1 drivers with these settings and used MSI’s Afterburner to lock the boost clocks to reference as well as set the power limit and temperature sliders to their maximums.
NVIDIA Control Panel settings
We use NVIDIA’s latest drivers plus used MSI’s Afterburner to set all the clocks locked to the reference speeds and also set the Power and temp limits to their maximums.
Prey GeForce gamers will want to use the GeForce WHQL 382.05 driver. According to NVIDIA, an i7-6700K system using the new Game Ready driver, the GeForce GTX 1060 gives gamers a good experience at 1920×1080. At 2560×1440, the GeForce GTX 1070 and GeForce GTX 1080 are recommended, and at 4K, a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the card of choice. We will test these claims. We did not have a chance to test multi-GPU although evidently both SLI and CrossFire give good scaling.
Let’s check the performance of our seventeen tested video cards on the next page and then head for our conclusion.