We revamped our test method for 3D chips and GPUs in preparation of the new 2016 GPUs from AMD and Nvidia. As always with our reviews of custom cards we'll test a selection of games whenever AMD or Nvidia releases a new GPU. After all we want to find out how the card performs compared to other cards based on the same GPU.
Our test system runs on Windows 10 64 bit and consists of the following components:
- Intel Core i7 5960X @ 4,0 GHz
- MSI X99S Gaming 9 AC motherboard
- 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 memory @ 2133 MHz 13-13-13-36-2T
- Samsung 840 Evo 1TB SSD
- Seasonic Platinum Series 1200W PSU
- NZXT Kraken X60 CPU cooler
- Cooler Master Test Bench
- Iiyama G-Master 'Gold Phoenix' GB2888UHSU-B1
We run 3DMark Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme with the graphics cards, as well as the following games:
- Battlefield 4
- DiRT Rally
- Far Cry Primal
- Metro Last Light
- Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX12)
With this selection we're mainly looking for test results that are as consistent and precise as possible, since the differences between various graphics card based on the same GPU tend to be very small.
The aforementioned games are run at two resolutions and two quality pre-sets:
- 1920x1080 (Full HD) Medium / Normal
- 1920x1080 (Full HD) Highest / Ultra + 4x MSAA
- 3840x2160 (Ultra HD) Medium / Normal
- 3840x2160 (Ultra HD) Highest / Ultra + 4x MSAA
We also measure the power consumption and noise levels of the graphics cards.
Lastly we also look at how the clockspeed changes during a long gaming session, to find out if the cooler on the card is adequate enough to prevent thermal throttling.
We used GeForce 378.92 drivers for this test. You'll also find various other 1080 Tis that we've tested in the graphs, in addition to the Nvidia Founders Edition.