It took me a while to get through the 4-way Fury X testing, but we made it. Our fun with the 4-way Fury X cards is over, where we got to see how the four cards perform and scale at 11,520 x 2160. It's time to test some Team Green cards to see how they compare.
We've only got two Titan X cards at our disposal, so we'll be looking at 2-way GPU performance at 11,520 x 2160. We know that scaling beyond two GPUs is pretty useless for 90% of games these days, so we'll stick to two GPUs until we can secure some more hardware from NVIDIA.
There are some large differences between the Titan X and Fury X, which we're excited to see. NVIDIA has strapped 12GB of GDDR5 onto the Titan X, where AMD opted for the next-gen High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) on the Fury X, but only 4GB of it. 4GB of framebuffer is not very much for 4K gaming, let alone anything past that - like 11,520 x 2160, for example.
In our testing on the 4-way Fury X cards, we noticed that 4GB of framebuffer was being used virtually instantly in all of our games. There were only a few titles that weren't jumping right up to 4GB, such as Tomb Raider (2.1GB) and Heaven (2.7GB). We'll talk about this later in the review.
As for comparing the two multi-GPU setups, there are two big differences. We have the Fury X with just 4GB of HBM while the Titan X has 300% more framebuffer with 12GB of GDDR5. But the bigger difference is in the pricing. You can pick up a Fury X on Amazon right now for around $650 - $680 while the Titan X is just under $1000.
If you buy two Titan X cards, you're paying a $700 premium - but is the $700 premium worth it when it comes to performance? This is a 54% premium on the GPUs alone, but we already know not to expect a 54% performance jump on the Titan X cards in SLI. There are other benefits, though, which is something we'll go into later on in the review.
I've played Battlefield 4 on a 64-player server to provide some real-world performance numbers. I've found this is one of the best ways to provide the most realistic performance numbers, as it involves actual gameplay in a large server that strains most setups.
For now, I'm going to be using the same suite of benchmarks I've been using on my Tweakipedia articles, which uses a mix of synthetic benchmarks with Futuremark's 3DMark and Unigine Heaven. After that, we have a bunch of titles with built-in benchmarks (which does not represent actual in-game performance) but they are repeatable for you at home to gauge the performance of your PC or GPU.
Over time, I will be adding in new benchmarks and a new section that will concentrate solely on real-time gaming benchmarks. This will take more time per review, as I'll have to invest time into actually physically playing the games, but it'll be worth it in the long run. For now, let's get right into the synthetic benchmarks and see how this video card performs.
Battlefield 4 Testing
This is one game that we did differently, as it does not feature a built-in benchmarking feature. When it comes to Battlefield 4, there are countless ways you can benchmark it. Some find a spot in the single player campaign which is easily repeatable and use that. For our testing, we've chosen to use a 64-player online multiplayer server for real-time performance statistics.
We joined a 64-player map and played for five minutes using FRAPS, pulling our minimum/average and maximum FPS. We did this for each test, and we run the game for 5 minutes at 1080p/1440p and 4K. We are using a custom Ultra preset (disabling AA). It's time-consuming, but it gives us a perfect look at true real-world performance.
Test System Configuration
We have shifted to a high-end Core i7-5960X to remove any potential CPU bottlenecks. Corsair sent us over their kick-ass AX1500i PSU, which provides 1500W of power for our 3- and 4-way GPU testing that we have coming very soon.
Anthony's Video Card Test System Specifications
- 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
- Case: Lian Li PC-T80 Open-Air - Buy from Amazon
- Power Supply: Corsair AX1500i - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit - Buy from Amazon
- Drivers: NVIDIA GeForce 355.65 and AMD Catalyst 15.7.1
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