We perform our graphics cards tests with a selection of games that we use for 3D chips. We use many more games for GPU comparison tests and were refer you to our extensive GTX 1080 Ti review, if you want to compare the GTX 1080 Ti to the competition from AMD. In this round-up we're only comparing the various GTX 1080 Tis from the manufacturers, and of course the Nvidia Founders Edition.
We used a completely revamped selection of games for this round-up. We run 3DMark Fire Strike (DX11) and 3DMark Time Spy (DX12), in addition to these games:
- Battlefield 1 (DX12)
- Civilization VI (DX12)
- Rise of the Tomb Raider (DX12)
- Ghost Recon Wildlands (DX11)
- The Division (DX12)
The resolutions at which we test a graphics card, depend on how useful certain settings are. This allows us to prevent situations where we e.g. run 4K-slideshows again and again on low-end graphics cards, and we also avoid CPU bottlenecks by testing high-end cards on low settings. In the case of the GTX 1080 Ti we tested all cards at the following resolutions and settings:
- 2560x1440 (WQHD) Medium / Normal
- 2560x1440 (WQHD) Highest / Ultra + 4x MSAA
- 3840x2160 (Ultra HD) Medium / Normal
- 3840x2160 (Ultra HD) Highest / Ultra + 4x MSAA
Our test system runs at 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
- Driver version: GeForce 381.65
In addition to performance, we also measure the power consumption and noise levels of the graphics cards. Lastly we also measured the clock speeds during a long gaming session, to find out whether a card has adequate cooling to prevent throttling.
In addition to the custom GTX 1080 Tis, you will also find the Nvidia Founders Edition in the graphs, which can be recognized by the green bars.