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We test only with updated drivers, while this makes comparison difficult, when looking at new graphics cards a new driver is necessary and unavailable anyway. Additionally as an Australian publication we cannot retest hardware with new drivers as the majority of review hardware we receive from vendors must be returned

Stating the CPU configuration is also important, as motherboards using Intel’s Z or X chipset when paired with an unlocked Intel CPU will overclock that CPU ‘out of the box’ to maximize its potential. Other review sites will not state, or even know the true clockspeed and CPU core settings their test machines are set to.

TypeTest Machine Specs
Graphics Cards EVGA GEFORCE GTX 960 SSC edition
NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 980 reference card
NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX TITAN X reference card
ASUS ROG GEFORCE GTX 980 MATRIX Platinum edition
NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 980 Ti reference card
AMD RADEON R9 290X press edition
Graphics Drivers 980 Ti 352.90/353.06, TITAN X/ROG 980/EVGA 960 350.12/352.86
GTX 980 344.16, R9 290X Catalyst 14.4
CPU INTEL 4th Gen Core i7-5960X - 3.2GHz to 3.5GHz 8 Core 16 Thread
Intel TS13X Liquid Cooler
Mainboard GIGABYTE X99-Gaming G1
ASUS X99-A/USB 3.1
Memory Crucial 4 x 4GB Desktop Series DDR4-2133 modules
Corsair 4 x 4GB Dominator LPX DDR4-2800 modules
BIOS settings Default - Multi Core Enhancement and XMP off by default. RAM run at 21333
For GTA V testing, XMP mode selected in ASUS BIOS which enables DDR4-2800, 127 BCLK x 28 multiplier resulting in 3564 MHz CPU speed with all core ratios synced
Chassis Corsair Vengeance C70 Gaming Tower - 2 Intake Fans 1 Exhaust
Power Supply FSP Aurum C750 80 GOLD 750W
Display DELL UP2414Q 4K 60Hz
OS Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit

tested at 15-20 C ambient. Power tests at Full HD resolution.

BenchmarksDesc
Crysis 3 Welcome to the Jungle - Rendezvous with Psycho
Battlefield 4 South China Sea - Valkyrie
World of Tanks Basic Training
Wolfenstein: New Order Prologue Mission, Bomber Run
Blender BMW1M-MikePan.blend
Evil Within Intro Mission - Until Captured

Ambient Temperature:

GTX 980/ ROG 980/ GTX 960/ TITAN X tested at 25-29 C ambient room temperature, while 980 Ti was tested at 15-20 C ambient.

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