Test Configuration – Hardware
- Intel Core i7-6700K (reference 4.0GHz, HyperThreading and Turbo boost is on to 4.4GHz; DX11 CPU graphics).
- ASRock Z7170M OC Formula motherboard (Intel Z7170 chipset, latest BIOS, PCIe 3.0/3.1 specification, CrossFire/SLI 8x+8x)
- G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB, dual channel at 3000MHz)
- GTX 1080 8GB, Founders Edition, stock clocks, supplied by Nvidia
- TITAN X (Pascal), 12GB, stock clocks, supplied by Nvidia
- 2TB Toshiba 7200 rpm HDD
- EVGA 1000G 1000W power supply unit
- Thermaltake Water2.0, supplied by Thermaltake
- Onboard Realtek Audio
- Genius SP-D150 speakers, supplied by Genius
- Thermaltake Overseer RX-I full tower case, supplied by Thermaltake
- ASUS 12X Blu-ray writer
- Monoprice Crystal Pro 4K (3840×2160)
- ACER Predator X34 – 34″ WQHD 2K G-SYNC display (3440×1440), supplied by Nvidia
Test Configuration – Software
- Nvidia’s GeForce 368.98 (TITAN X launch drivers) were used for both Nvidia cards. High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display.
- VSync and G-SYNC are off in the control panel.
- AA enabled as noted in games; all in-game settings are specified with 16xAF always applied
- All results show average frame rates including minimum frame rates shown in italics on the chart next to the averages in smaller font. Percentage differences are shown in a separate column.
- Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games.
- Windows 10 64-bit Home edition, all DX11 titles were run under DX11 render paths. DOOM is run under the OpenGL API. Our four DX12 titles are run under the DX12 render path. Latest DirectX
- All games/SW are patched to their latest versions at time of publication.
- MSI’s latest beta version of Afterburner was used to set the Power and Temperature targets to their maximum.
The 25 PC Game benchmark suite & 2 synthetic tests
- Firestrike – Extreme & Ultra
- Time Spy DX12
- Crysis 3
- Metro: Last Light Redux (2014)
- Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor
- Alien Isolation
- Dragon’s Age: Inquisition
- Dying Light
- Grand Theft Auto V
- the Witcher 3
- Batman: Arkham Origins
- Mad Max
- Fallout 4
- Star Wars Battlefront
- Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
- Just Cause 3
- Rainbow Six Siege
- DiRT Rally
- Far Cry Primal
- Tom Clancy’s The Division
- DOOM (*OpenGL)
- Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
- Ashes of the Singularity
- Rise of the Tomb Raider
- Total War: Warhammer
Nvidia’s Control Panel settings:
We used MSI’s Afterburner to set the TITAN X Power and Temperature targets to their maximum.
There are two methods of calculating percentages. One is the “Percentage Difference” that we are using to compare the GTX 1080 versus the TITAN X, and the other is “Percentage Change” which we shall use mid-week to show the improvements of the Pascal TITAN X over the Maxwell TITAN X.
For the percentage difference we are simply dividing the difference between two numbers by the average of the two numbers. This is usually expressed algebraically where “V” equals value: ( | V1 – V2 | / ((V1 + V2)/2) ) * 100
We also made a BTR community forum post that explains the process of calculating percentage differences using frame rates as an example.
Let’s check out our Performance Summary chart followed by our conclusion.