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, PCIe 3.0 specification, CrossFire/SLI 8x+8x)
  • Kingston 16 GB HyperX Beast DDR3 RAM (2×8 GB, dual-channel at 2133MHz, supplied by Kingston)
  • XFX R9 390 8GB, Double Dissipation XXX OC Video Card, at XFX clocks (1015/1500MHz) on loan from TechofTomorrow.
  • VisionTek R9 290X 4GB, reference clocks tested as single GPU, and also in CrossFire; fan set to 100% to prevent throttling.
  • PowerColor R9 290X, 4GB, reference clocks, in CrossFire; fan set to 100% to prevent throttling
  • PowerColor R9 Fury X 4GB, at reference clocks.
  • GTX 1080, 8GB, Founder’s Edition, reference clocks supplied by Nvidia
  • GTX 1070, 8GB Founder’s Edition, reference clocks, supplied by Nvidia
  • GeForce GTX 980 Ti, 6GB in SLI and also tested as single GPU, reference clocks, supplied by Nvidia
  • EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC, 6GB in SLI and also tested as single GPU, at reference reference clocks, supplied by EVGA
  • 2 x GeForce GTX 980, 4GB, reference clocks, in SLI and also tested as single GPU, supplied by Nvidia
  • GALAX GTX 970 EXOC 4GB, GALAX factory overclock, supplied by GALAX
  • PowerColor R9 280X, 3GB, reference clocks, supplied by PowerColor.
  • 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
  • ASUS 12X Blu-ray writer
  • Monoprice Crystal Pro 4K

Test Configuration – Software

  • The AMD Crimson Software 16.6.2 beta hotfix drivers were used for benching the XFX 390 and the 290X.  Other AMD drivers are noted on the Big Picture.
  • Nvidia’s GeForce 368.22 WHQL drivers were used for the GTX 980/970, and 368.39 WHQL drivers were used to benchmark the GTX 980 Ti, the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 with other Nvidia divers used in the Big Picture noted on the chart.  High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display. 
  • VSync is 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.
  • Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games.
  • Windows 10 64-bit Home edition, all DX11 titles were run under DX11 render paths. Our only DX12 title is run under the DX12 render path. Latest DirectX
  • All games are patched to their latest versions at time of publication.
  • EVGA’s Precision XOC, reviewer’s version 4 used for Nvidia cards.

The 26 PC Game benchmark suite & 1 synthetic test

  • Synthetic
  • Firestrike – Basic & Extreme
  • DX11* Games
  • Crysis 3
  • Metro: Last Light Redux (2014)
  • GRID: Autosport
  • Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor
  • Alien Isolation
  • Dragon’s Age: Inquisition
  • Dying Light
  • Total War: Attila
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • ProjectCARS
  • 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
  • DX12 Games
  • Ashes of the Singularity
  • Hitman
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider 

AMD Settings

Here are the settings that we always use in AMD’s Crimson Control Center for our default benching.  They are identical settings to what we used in the older Catalyst Control Center.  The new Power Efficiency Toggle which was recently made available for the Fury X and  300 series cards is left off in our benching.  Please note that 100% fan speed is used for benching the 290X reference version, and it does not throttle at all.

overdrive

The above is our test bench. Let’s check out our performance charts

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