For the last 14 days we have been testing and retesting all the video cards in this review with the latest 15.6 Catalyst and 353.30 Forceware drivers. We have also selected some new game sections to benchmark during our ‘real world runs’.
If you want to read more about our test system, or are interested in buying the same Kitguru Test Rig, check out our article with links on this page. We are using an Asus PB287Q 4k and Apple 30 inch Cinema HD monitor for this review today.
Due to reader feedback we have changed the 1600p tests to 1440p, and we have also disabled Nvidia specific features such as Hairworks in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt as it can have such a negative impact on partnering hardware.
Anti Aliasing is also now disabled in our tests at Ultra HD 4K as readers have indicated they don’t need it at such a high resolution.
If you have other suggestions please email me directly at zardon(at)kitguru.net.
Cards on test:
MSI GTX980 Ti Gaming 6G (1,178 mhz core / 1774 mhz memory)
ASUS STRIX Gaming GTX 980 Ti DirectCU 3 (1,216 mhz core / 1800mhz memory)
Visiontek Radeon R9 Fury X 4GB (1,050mhz core / 500mhz memory) & (1,130mhz core)
Sapphire R9 295X2 (1,018 mhz core / 1,250 mhz memory)
Nvidia Titan Z (706mhz core / 1,753 mhz memory)
Gigabyte GTX980 Ti G1 Gaming (1,152mhz / 1,753 mhz memory)
Nvidia Titan X (1,002 mhz core / 1,753 mhz memory)
Nvidia GTX 980 Ti (1,000 mhz core / 1,753 mhz memory)
Asus GTX980 Strix (1,178 mhz core / 1,753 mhz memory)
Sapphire R9 390 X 8GB (1,055 mhz core / 1,500 mhz memory) & (1,144mhz core / 1631 mhz memory)
Sapphire R9 390 Nitro 8GB (1,010 mhz core / 1,500 mhz memory) & (1,125mhz core / 1637 mhz memory)
Sapphire R9 290 X 8GB (1,020 mhz core / 1,375 mhz memory)
Asus R9 290 Direct CU II ( 1,000 mhz core / 1,250 mhz memory)
Asus R9 285 Strix (954 mhz core / 1,375 mhz memory)
Palit GTX970 (1,051 mhz core / 1,753 mhz memory)
Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit
Unigine Heaven Benchmark
Unigine Valley Benchmark
Grand Theft Auto 5
Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
Metro Last Light Redux
We perform under real world conditions, meaning KitGuru tests games across five closely matched runs and then average out the results to get an accurate median figure. If we use scripted benchmarks, they are mentioned on the relevant page.
Game descriptions edited with courtesy from Wikipedia.