Test Configuration & Driver Release Notes
Test Configuration – Hardware
- Intel Core i7 3770K (overclocked to 4.5GHz); Turbo is on.
- EVGA Z77 FTW motherboard (Intel Z77 chipset, latest beta BIOS, PCIe 3.0 specification; CrossFire/SLI 16x+16x using Plex chip.)
- 8GB Kingston DDR3 PC1866 Kingston RAM (4×2 GB, dual-channel at 1866MHz; supplied by Kingston)
- Cooler Master Seiden 240M CPU Water cooler, supplied by Cooler Master
- Nvidia GTX Titan (6GB, 836/6008MHz, reference clocks), supplied by Nvidia
- Nvidia GTX 680 (2GB, 1006/6008MHz, reference clocks), supplied by Nvidia
- Nvidia GTX 690 (4GB, 1006/6008MHz, reference clocks), supplied by Nvidia
- Nvidia GTX 590 (4GB, 1607/1707MHz, reference clocks), supplied by Nvidia
- Power Color Radeon HD 7970 (3GB, overclocked to GHz speeds 1050/6000MHz)
- AMD HD 6990, reference clocks, supplied by AMD
- Onboard Realtek Audio
- Genius SP-HF 800A speakers, two pairs in 4.0 Quadraphonic configuration, supplied by Genius
- Two identical 500 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 hard drives configured and set up identically from drive image; one partition for Nvidia GeForce drivers and one for ATI Catalyst drivers
- Two Kingston 240GB HyperX SSDs used for frame time measurement. Supplied by Kingston
- Thermaltake ToughPower 775W power supply unit supplied by Thermaltake
- Thermaltake Overseer RX-I full tower case, supplied by Thermaltake
- Philips DVD SATA writer
- HP LP3065 2560×1600 thirty inch LCD
- ASUS VG278 27″ 3D Vision 2 Ready 120Hz display; and three 23″ VG248 3D Vision Ready 120Hz displays used for Surround/Eyefinity, supplied by ASUS.
Test Configuration – Software
- ATi Catalyst 13-2 Beta 5 drivers; highest quality mip-mapping set in the driver; use application settings; surface performance optimizations are off
- NVIDIA GeForce Beta 313.96 for the GTX 590/680/690. GeForce 314.09 launch drivers for the GTX Titan and 314.07 for the GTX 690 and GTX 680 for testing 5760×1080 only. High Quality; Single-display Performance mode; Prefer Maximum Performance
- Windows 7 64-bit; very latest updates
- Latest DirectX
- All games are patched to their latest versions.
- vsync is forced off in the control panels.
- Varying AA enabled as noted in games; all in-game settings are specified with 16xAF always applied; 16xAF forced in control panel for Crysis.
- All results show average frame rates
- Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games.
- Windows 7 64, all DX9 titles were run under DX9 render paths, DX10 titles were run under DX10 render paths and DX11 titles under DX11 render paths.
- 3DMark 11
- 3D Mark 2013 Firestrike/Firestrike Extreme
- Heaven 3.0/4.0
- Valley 1.0
- Left 4 Dead 2
- Serious Sam 3 BFE
- Alan Wake: Ameican Nightmare
- The Witcher 2
- Borderlands 2
- Far Cry 2
- Just Cause 2
- World-in-Conflict: Soviet Assault
- Resident Evil 5
- Alien vs. Predator
- STALKER, Call of Pripyat
- Metro 2033
- F1 2010
- H.A.W.X. 2
- Lost Planet 2
- Total War: Shogun II
- Civilization V
- Crysis 2
- Dirt 3
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution
- Batman: Arkham City
- Battlefield 3
- Max Payne 3
- the Secret World
- Sleeping Dogs
- Sniper Elite V2
- Hitman: Absolution
- Assassin’s Creed III
The above is our test bench. We may also be able to cover some frame time comparisons in a follow-up article. Titan generally “feels” quite smooth even compared to the GTX 680. Let’s head to our overclocking section.