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Video Card Testing Methodology

The Microsoft DirectX-11 graphics API is native to the Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System, and will be the primary O/S for our test platform. DX11 is also available as a Microsoft Update for the Windows Vista O/S, so our test results apply to both versions of the Operating System.XFX Radeon R9 285 DD Video Card

In each benchmark test there is one ‘cache run’ that is conducted, followed by five recorded test runs. Results are collected at each setting with the highest and lowest results discarded. The remaining three results are averaged, and displayed in the performance charts on the following pages.

A combination of synthetic and video game benchmark tests have been used in this article to illustrate relative performance among graphics solutions. Our benchmark frame rate results are not intended to represent real-world graphics performance, as this experience would change based on supporting hardware and the perception of individuals playing the video game.

Intel X79 Express Test System

DirectX-11 Benchmark Applications

  • 3DMark11 Professional Edition by Futuremark
    • Settings: Performance Level Preset, 1280×720, 1x AA, Trilinear Filtering, Tessellation level 5)
  • Aliens vs Predator Benchmark 1.0
    • Settings: Very High Quality, 4x AA, 16x AF, SSAO, Tessellation, Advanced Shadows
  • Batman: Arkham City
    • Settings: 8x AA, 16x AF, MVSS+HBAO, High Tessellation, Extreme Detail, PhysX Disabled
  • BattleField 3
    • Settings: Ultra Graphics Quality, FOV 90, 180-second Fraps Scene
  • Lost Planet 2 Benchmark 1.0
    • Settings: Benchmark B, 4x AA, Blur Off, High Shadow Detail, High Texture, High Render, High DirectX 11 Features
  • Metro 2033 Benchmark
    • Settings: Very-High Quality, 4x AA, 16x AF, Tessellation, PhysX Disabled
  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark 3.0
    • Settings: DirectX 11, High Quality, Extreme Tessellation, 16x AF, 4x AA

PCI-Express Graphics Cards

Graphics Card Radeon R9 270X Radeon HD7950 GeForce GTX760 GeForce GTX680 Radeon HD7970 Radeon R9 285 GeForce GTX780 Radeon R9 290 Radeon R9 290X
GPU Cores 1280 1792 1152 1536 2048 1792 2304 2560 2816
Core Clock (MHz) 1030 850 980 1006 925 975 863 947 1000
Shader Clock (MHz) 1120 Boost N/A 1033 Boost 1058 Boost N/A N/A Boost 902 N/A N/A
Memory Clock (MHz) 1400 1250 1502 1502 1375 1450 1502 1250 1250
Memory Amount 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 4096MB GDDR5 4096MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit 384-bit 256-bit 256-bit 384-bit 256-bit 384-bit 512-bit 512-bit
  • Sapphire Radeon R9 270X (1050 MHz GPU/1100 MHz Boost/1450 MHz vRAM – AMD Catalyst 14.3)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7950 (850 MHz GPU/1250 MHz vRAM – AMD Catalyst 14.3)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (980 MHz GPU/1033 MHz Boost/1502 MHz vRAM – Forceware 340.52)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 (1006 MHz GPU/1059 MHz Boost/1502 MHz vRAM – Forceware 331.70)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7970 (925 MHz GPU/1375 MHz vRAM – AMD Catalyst Catalyst 14.3)
  • XFX Radeon R9 285 DD (975 MHz GPU/1450 MHz vRAM – AMD Catalyst 14.7 R3)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 (869 MHz GPU/902 MHz Boost/1502 MHz vRAM – Forceware 340.52)
  • XFX Radeon R9 290 DD (947 MHz GPU/1250 MHz vRAM – AMD Catalyst 14.7 R3)
  • MSI Radeon R9 290X (1000 MHz GPU/1250 MHz vRAM – AMD Catalyst 14.7 R3)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti (875 MHz GPU/928 MHz Boost/1750 MHz vRAM – Forceware 340.52)

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3 comments

  1. Mugatu

    How is this card beating a GTX 780 in BF4 @ 1920×1200?? There is no way.

    1. Olin Coles

      I merely test the product, and post the results. If I had to explain why one performed better than another, it would begin with how AMD co-developed BF4 and optimized it to play with their Radeon graphics cards (as opposed to NVIDIA working on BF3), and then end with how Radeon R9 285 nearly matched performance on rare occasion with GeForce GTX 780 in two other tests. Overall though, GTX 780 is considerably more powerful than R9 285.

  2. Xantosh

    Is it true you can quad crossfire these (due to Bridgless crossfire) and how would even 2 or 3 of these compare to say a 4gb (or even 3.5gb lol) video card, because my board is capable of x16 x16 x4 (with a power stabilization buckle)

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