Test Configuration


Test Configuration – Hardware

  • Intel Core i7-8700K (HyperThreading and Turbo boost is locked on to 4.7 GHz for all six 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 3333MHz), supplied by HyperX
  • GTX 1070 Ti Founders Edition 8GB, stock clocks, supplied by NVIDIA
  • Kingston A1000 480 GB NVMe PCIe SSD, supplied by Kingston
  • Team Group L5 LITE 3D 2.5″ 480 GB SSD
  • 240 GB HyperX SSD (Brown), supplied by Kingston
  • 240 GB HyperX SSD (Blue), supplied by Kingston
  • 1.92 TB SanDisk CloudSpeed ECO Gen II SSD (SXPLFA)
  • 2 TB Micron 1100 SSD
  • 2 TB Seagate 7200 rpm SSHD (Solid State Hard Drive)
  • EVGA 1000G 1000W power supply unit
  • EVGA CLC 280mm CPU water cooler, supplied by EVGA
  • Onboard Realtek Audio
  • Genius SP-D150 speakers, supplied by Genius
  • EVGA DD-77, mid-tower case supplied by EVGA
  • Monoprice Crystal Pro 4K

Test Configuration – Software

  • Nvidia’s GeForce 390.77 WHQL drivers were used.  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 games are DX11 except as noted.
  • All results show loading time in seconds.
  • Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games.
  • Windows 10 64-bit Home edition. 
  • Latest DirectX
  • All games are patched to their latest versions at time of publication.
  • MSI’s Afterburner, latest version.
  • IOmeter
  • HD Tach
  • HD Tune
  • AS SSD
  • ATTO
  • Crystal Disk Mark

PC Game level/loading suite 

  • Fallout 4
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Call of Duty WW II
  • Project CARS 2
  • Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation (DX12)
  • Deus Ex Mankind Divided (DX12)
  • DOOM  (Vulkan)
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • World of Warcraft (PC Mark 8)
  • Battlefield 3 (PC Mark 8)

Synthetic Benching Suites

  • SiSoft Sandra 2017
  • AIDA64
  • PC Mark 10
  • PC Mark 8

Nvidia Control Panel settings:

We used MSI’s Afterburner to set the power and temp limits to their maximums.

Let’s head to our benching results.