Performance Charts & Conclusion

Performance summary charts

Here are the summary charts of 35 games and 2 synthetic tests. The highest settings are always chosen. The benches were run at 1920×1080, 2560×1440, and at 3840×2160.  All game results show average framerates in bold, and the minimums are next to them in italics; and higher is always better.  “X” means the benchmark would not run.

The first column is devoted to the GTX 1070 results, the GTX 980 Ti results are in the second column, and the Fury X results are in Column 3.

The charts may be opened in separate windows or tabs for better viewing.

The GTX 980 Ti is now even faster than the Fury X for the majority of our games than when we benchmarked it about 2 years ago, but the gap between the GTX 1070 and the GTX 980 Ti has not changed much.  There are still a few older games where the stock GTX 980 Ti is faster than the GTX 1070 at selected resolutions.  However, generally the GTX 1070 remains very roughly 10% faster overall with many exceptions, especially with some newer games where it is even faster; and in others where it barely wins over the GTX 980 Ti.

The GTX 980 Ti crashed above 1920×1080 resolution benching Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, but there were no issues running the benchmark on the GTX 1070.  Our only really strange results were with Wolfenstein where the GTX 1070 is significantly faster than the GTX 980 Ti, although the Ti holds its own versus the Fury X.  We switched the two GeForce cards in and out of our PC to double-check our results and they were consistent.

Generally the GTX 980 Ti and the Fury X are still capable at 1920×1080 and even at 2560×1440 if some detail settings are lowered, but the GTX 1070 has more headroom at stock clocks for additional performance.  The GTX 1070 is a more capable card for 4K, but the GTX 1080 Ti and the TITAN Xp are really the only video cards that handle it at higher detail settings.

Let’s head for our conclusion.

The Conclusion

As in all of our previous evaluations, the GTX 1070 is the fastest of our 3 cards, and the GTX 980 Ti is generally faster than the Fury X in most of the benches.  Nothing has really changed over the past 2 years, although the Fury X has lost even more ground to the GTX 980 Ti.  There were a few driver issues with the older cards but they performed well in modern games.  The GTX 1070 is more suitable for playing at 4K, but compromises with lowered detail settings will need to be made for fluid play.

As before, if overclocking is taken into consideration, the GTX 980 Ti runs away from the Fury X which is a very poor overclocker.  We did not overclock any card for this evaluation, but the GTX 980 Ti is a better overclocker than the GTX 1070 FE, and it can make up some performance with a good overclock.

If you currently game at 4K on any of these cards, we would recommend an upgrade to the GTX 1080 Ti if you want Ultra/High settings in many of the newer games.  It appears that NVIDIA has not neglected Maxwell in favor of Pascal, although AMD no longer appears to be optimizing for Fury X’ limited vRAM, and compromises in detail settings may have to be made even at 2560×1440 for fluid play.

Stay tuned, there is a lot more coming from us at BTR. We will return to VR benching with a series featuring the Vive Pro versus the Oculus Rift using FCAT-VR to measure the performance of 25 of your favorite VR games.  Expect an unboxing of the Vive Pro shortly.

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