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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.Sapphire Radeon R9 270X Vapor-X Video Card GPUZ

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 GeForce GTX650Ti Radeon HD6970 GeForce GTX580 GeForce GTX660Ti Sapphire R9 270X Radeon HD7950 GeForce GTX760 GeForce GTX670 Radeon HD7970
GPU Cores 768 1536 512 768 1280 1792 1152 1344 2048
Core Clock (MHz) 925 880 772 915 1030 850 980 915 925
Shader Clock (MHz) N/A N/A 1544 980 Boost 1120 Boost N/A 1033 Boost 980 Boost N/A
Memory Clock (MHz) 1350 1375 1002 1502 1400 1250 1502 1502 1375
Memory Amount 1024MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 1536MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 128-bit 256-bit 384-bit 192-bit 256-bit 384-bit 256-bit 256-bit 384-bit

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