Here's what our VGA benchmarking PC consists of now:
- Motherboard: ASUS Rampage V Extreme - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- CPU: Intel Core i7 5960X - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Cooler: Corsair H110 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: Kingston 16GB (4x4GB) HyperX Predator DDR4 3000MHz - Buy from Amazon
- Storage #1: SanDisk Extreme II 240GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage #2: Intel 730 Series 480GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage #3: Samsung 850 PRO 2TB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: Lian Li PC-T80 Open-Air - Buy from Amazon
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1500i - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
- Drivers: NVIDIA GeForce 355.65 and AMD Catalyst 15.11.1
What Games/Software We're Using & Medium/Ultra Benchmark Runs
For our video card reviews, we benchmark games with built-in benchmarks so that people can run the same benchmarks we do at home, without issues. We also run Battlefield 4 thanks to the Frostbite 3 engine being one of the most gorgeous on the market, powering games like Star Wars Battlefront and Mirror's Edge Catalyst.
We also run Unigine Heaven for the synthetic side of things, but drop 3DMark (which is something we benchmark on our video card reviews).
What we're looking for is 60FPS average. We don't want anything under that, and while we understand 11,520 x 2160 isn't easy on any GPU setup, 60FPS is something I strive for in all gaming situations. This is why we are taking the time to run both Medium and Ultra presets, so that we can see how much more performance you can get from dropping down to Medium in-game settings.
Medium/Ultra Benchmark Runs
It doesn't matter what hardware you throw at multi-monitor setups, it's never enough. We will be running both Medium and Ultra presets, so that we can see what type of improvement dropping down to Medium will provide. 11,520 x 2160 is insanely hard on GPUs, and because of the lack of multi-GPU support in games these days, you can't just throw more Radeon or GeForce GPUs into your system to increase the performance.
But, thanks to most games being made on consoles these days, the difference between Medium and Ultra presets in today's games really isn't all that different. The performance hit is considerable, but the difference to your eye is negligible. So I'm running the benchmarks twice, so you might actually be able to use lower-end GPUs to run a multi-monitor setup.
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