Test Configuration

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

  • Synthetic
  • Firestrike – Basic & Extreme
  • Heaven 4.0
  • DX9
  • The Witcher 2
  • DX10
  • Crysis
  • DX11
  • 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
  • Thief
  • Sniper Elite 3
  • Watch_Dogs
  • 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
  • Evolve
  • Total War: Attila
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
  • Project CARS

GTA5This 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.


  1. I’ve got 290X CF and on 1080P and everything maxed out…and I mean MAXED out I get min 94FPS max 114FPS on project cars.

  2. I’ve got the 290X CF and in Project Cars 1080p everything maxed out I get FPS Min 94, Max 115FPS – Stock Settings
    CPU i7-4790k (stock settings) Kingston hyper fury DDR31866Mhz RAM,
    Resolution 1920 x 1080 59Hz
    Windowed : No
    Texture filtering Anisotropic 16x
    vsync no
    fxaa off
    smaa ultra

    everything else is ultra and high
    detailed grass high

    • We do not have identical settings, nor do we probably use the same benchmark. Every one of ProjectCars’ single setting are maxed out, including Ultra for Detailed Grass. I use Fraps and California Highway Stage 1 for my benchmark.

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