Performance summary chart

Here are the summary charts of 28 games and 3 synthetic tests. The highest settings are always chosen and it is DX11 with the settings at ultra or maxed. Specific settings are listed on the main performance chart.  We have added the “Kite Demo” on Unreal Engine 4 using the default settings at 1920×1080 as measured by Fraps.

The benches are run at 1920×1080, 2560×1440, and 3840×2160.  All results, except for Firestrike, show average framerates and higher is always better. In-game settings are fully maxed out and they are identically high or ultra across all platforms.  “NA” means the game would not run at the settings chosen, and “X” means the benchmark was not tested at all.  An asterisk* means that there were issues with the benchmark, usually visual artifacting.

The summary chart: The Big Picture

This main summary chart is what we call, “The Big Picture” since it places our two test cards into a much larger test bed.  Please bear in mind that the GTX 980 and GTX 970, as well as R9 290X/390X results are on slightly older drivers than the Fury and the GTX 980 Ti.


Our chart provides a lot of information across 28 games and 3 synthetics.  What we can take away from the results generally is that the GTX 980 Ti is the fastest single GPU video card on the chart.  Overall, the GTX 980 Ti is significantly faster than the Fury X.  It is a blowout at 1920×1080 where the Fury X is held back by a CPU bottleneck due to drivers, architectural differences, and DX11 multi-threading.  It is closer at 2560×1440, but the GTX 980 Ti is about ten percent faster.  At 4K, the Fury X finally becomes competitive, but is still bested by the GTX 980 Ti overall.

When we compare the overclocked $699 XFX Fury X against the overclocked $649 GTX 980 Ti, the gap widens significantly further in favor of the less expensive GeForce.

Let’s head for our conclusion.


  1. If you don’t OC video cards the Fury X looks okay, but since most 980TIs will do >1400 MHz boost, even without additional voltage, not OCing one would almost be a crime against humanity. I get it, w/ DX12 the Fury X looks better, but it still doesn’t match an overclocked 980Ti (which most reviewers are refusing to include in recent graphs for “reasons”), and you’d be stuck with a noisy pump, tons of additional heat (may be okay in the winter, to help warm your feet), and 50% less framebuffer. It just isn’t a sound tradeoff.

  2. This article was biased since page one paragraph one, Half the information have no confirmation reports it’s mainly a “trust us” article, Im not really an AMD nor an Nvidia fan, both companies are great, but your emphasize on the GTX Ti pros and the Fury X cons is very noticeable, Having a stand-off between AMD and Nvidia right now is like conducting a running contest between two men with one of them having a large ball and chain strapped to his legs, I’ve been reading about the DirectX 12 lately and until it is launched, you cannot compare the two brands really, Nearly everyone knows that AMD suffers bottlenecking with DX11 as it favors SCT

    Personally I’d pick my personal “favorite” brand when enough tests are done with the DX12 comparing the two, and frankly Nvidia doesn’t seem like it has a firm footstep hold so far… In fact, it doesn’t seem to have a footstep forward at all!

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