Test Configuration – Hardware
- Intel Core i7-4790K (reference 4.0GHz, HyperThreading and Turbo boost is on to 4.4GHz; DX11 CPU graphics), supplied by Intel.
- ASUS Z97-E motherboard (Intel Z97 chipset, latest BIOS, PCOe 3.0 specification, CrossFire/SLI 8x+8x)
- Kingston 16 GB HyperX Beast DDR3 RAM (2×8 GB, dual-channel at 2133MHz, supplied by Kingston)
- 2 x GeForce GTX 980, 4GB reference clocks, supplied by Nvidia
- GTX TITAN X, 12GB, reference clocks, supplied by Nvidia
- VisionTek R9 290X, 4GB at reference speeds and clocks; 100% fan used in Uber mode when in CrossFire
- PowerColor R9 290X PCS+, 4GB at reference speeds and clocks; 100% fan used in Uber mode when in CrossFire.
- Two 2TB Toshiba 7200 rpm HDDs
- EVGA 1000G 1000W power supply unit
- Cooler Master 2.0 Seidon, supplied by Cooler Master
- Onboard Realtek Audio
- Genius SP-D150 speakers, supplied by Genius
- Thermaltake Overseer RX-I full tower case, supplied by Thermaltake
- 12 Noctua CPU and case fans for cooling, supplied by Noctua
- ASUS 12X Blu-ray writer
- Monoprice Crystal Pro 4K
Test Configuration – Software
- Catalyst 15.4.1 Beta drivers. Control Panel settings differing from default: High Quality; all optimizations off, use Application settings. CrossFire Frame Pacing On.
- Nvidia GeForce 350.12 WHQL drivers for the GTX 980 and TITAN X; TITAN X Overclocked results used launch drivers and also 350.12. Control Panel Settings differing from default: High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display.
- VSync is off in the control panels.
- AA enabled as noted in games; all in-game settings are specified with 16xAF always applied; 16xAF forced in control panel for Crysis.
- All results show average frame rates except as noted.
- Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games.
- Windows 8.1 64, all DX10 titles were run under DX10 render paths; DX11 titles under DX11 render paths. Latest DirectX
- All games are patched to their latest versions
The 33 Game benchmarks & 2 synthetic tests
- Firestrike – Basic & Extreme
- Heaven 4.0
- The Witcher 2
- STALKER, Call of Pripyat
- Max Payne 3
- the Secret World
- Sleeping Dogs
- Hitman: Absolution
- Tomb Raider: 2013
- Crysis 3
- BioShock: Infinite
- Metro: Last Light Redux (2014)
- Battlefield 4
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist
- ArmA 3
- Batman: Arkham Origins
- Sniper Elite 3
- GRID: Autosport
- Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor
- Alien Isolation
- Assassin’s Creed Unity
- Civilization Beyond Earth
- Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
- Far Cry 4
- Dragon’s Age: Inquisition
- Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
- The Crew
- Total War: Attila
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
- Project CARS
This is the last time that we are benching at 2560×1600. We will use the more popular 2560×1440 resolution beginning this weekend with our next review which will feature the brand new driver released today, WHQL 352.86, and the Witcher 3 to be released tomorrow.
Let’s head to the performance charts to see how a non-throttling pair of 290Xes in CrossFire compares with the stock and overclocked TITAN X, as well as versus stock GTX 980 SLI. We will also give single GTX 980 versus 290X results.