Testing Methodology

Test Configuration

Test Configuration – Hardware

  • Intel Core i9-10900K (HyperThreading/Turbo boost On; All cores overclocked to 5.1GHz/5.0Ghz. Comet Lake DX11 CPU graphics)
  • EVGA Z490 FTW motherboard (Intel Z490 chipset, v1.3 BIOS, PCIe 3.0/3.1/3.2 specification, CrossFire/SLI 8x+8x), supplied by EVGA
  • T-FORCE DARK Z 32GB DDR4 (2x16GB, dual channel at 3600MHz), supplied by Team Group
  • RTX 3090 Founders Edition 24GB, stock clocks on loan from NVIDIA
  • RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition 11GB, clocks set to match the EVGA card, on loan from NVIDIA
  • EVGA RTX 2080 Ti Black 11GB, factory clocks
  • 1TB Team Group MP33 NVMe2 PCIe SSD for C: drive
  • 1.92TB San Disk enterprise class SATA III SSD (storage)
  • 2TB Micron 1100 SATA III  SSD (storage)
  • 1TB Team Group GX2 SATA III SSD (storage)
  • 500GB T-FORCE Vulcan SSD (storage), supplied by Team Group
  • ANTEC HCG1000 Extreme, 1000W gold power supply unit
  • BenQ EW3270U 32″ 4K HDR 60Hz  FreeSync monitor
  • Samsung G7 Odyssey (LC27G75TQSNXZA) 27″ 2560×1440/240Hz/1ms/G-SYNC/HDR600 monitor
  • DEEPCOOL Castle 360EX AIO 360mm liquid CPU cooler
  • Phanteks Eclipse P400 ATX mid-tower (plus 1 Noctua 140mm fan) – All benchmarking performed with the case closed

Test Configuration – Software

  • GeForce 456.38 – the last driver to offer a new SLI profile.  Game Ready (GRD) drivers are used for gaming and the Studio drivers are used for pro/creative, SPEC, workstation, and GPGPU apps.
  • High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display, fixed refresh, set in the NVIDIA control panel.
  • VSync is off in the control panel and disabled for each game
  • AA enabled as noted in games; all in-game settings are specified with 16xAF always applied
  • Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games
  • All games have been patched to their latest versions
  • Gaming results show average frame rates in bold including minimum frame rates shown on the chart next to the averages in a smaller italics font where higher is better.  Games benched with OCAT show average framerates but the minimums are expressed by frametimes (99th-percentile) in ms where lower numbers are better.
  • Windows 10 64-bit Pro edition; latest updates v2004.
  • Latest DirectX
  • MSI’s Afterburner, 4.6.3 beta
  • OCAT 1.6

SLI/mGPU Games

  • Strange Brigade
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Ashes of the Singularity, Escalation
  • Project CARS 2
  • Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Destiny 2 Shadowkeep
  • Far Cry New Dawn
  • RTX Quake II

Synthetic 

  • TimeSpy (DX12)
  • 3DMark FireStrike – Ultra & Extreme
  • Superposition
  • Heaven 4.0 benchmark
  • AIDA64 GPGPU benchmarks
  • Blender 2.90 benchmark
  • Sandra 2020 GPGPU Benchmarks
  • SPECworkstation3
  • Octane benchmark

Professional Applications

  • Black Magic Design DaVinci Resolve, supplied by NVIDIA
  • Blender 2.90
  • OTOY Octane Render 2020 1.5 Demo – 8K Redcode RAW projects

NVIDIA Control Panel settings

Here are the NVIDIA Control Panel settings.

We used MSI’s Afterburner to set all video cards’ power and temperature limits to maximum as well as to set the Founders Edition clocks to match the XC’s clocks.  By setting the Power Limits and Temperature limits to maximum for each card, they do not throttle, but they can each reach and maintain their individual maximum clocks better.  When SLI is used, it is set to NVIDIA optimized.

So let’s check out performance on the next page.

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