The guys at TweakTown have done something we all could dream about, and that is they managed to run a 3 way benchmark of the GTX 980 SLI – R9 290X 8GB CF – R9 295X2 but there is one condition and that is that the benchmark was conducted using an AMD CPU. The AMD FX-9590 that is somewhat under used by PC gamers was put to the test, lets analyses the results.
First of all the test computer that was used consisted of the following specs:
CPU: AMD FX-9590 8-core processor w/Corsair H110 cooler (stock clocks)
Motherboard: ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z
RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance 2400MHz DDR3
Storage: 240GB SanDisk Extreme II and 480GB SanDisk Extreme II
Chassis: In Win X-Frame
PSU: Corsair AX1200i digital PSU
Software: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Drivers: Catalyst 14.12 / GeForce 347.25
For this test, here are the settings used:
Here’s how we’ve got our in-game settings:
3DMark: 8K with AA disabled
Unigine Heaven: 4K w/4x AA
Metro: Last Light: 4K w/SSAA enabled
Sniper Elite 3: 4K with 4x supersampling
Tomb Raider: 4K w/4x SSAA enabled
Shadow of Mordor: 4K w/200% supersampling (8K)
Battlefield 4: 4K w/200% supersampling (8K)
The battle for supremacy between AMD and Nvidia are put to the test, will the crossfire configuration beat Nvidia’s SLI ?
3DMark Fire Strike….
Here we can see the Sapphire Radeaon R9 290X 8GB CF jump on top via crossfire.
Here are the results from Heaven at 4K.
The R9 290X 8GB CF in crossfire is faster than vs R9 295X2 in Battlefield 4. Interesting that the Nvidia GTX 980 in SLI is the slowest.
GTX 980 SLI vs R9 290X 8GB CF vs R9 295X2 in Battlefield 4. A crossfire configuration and an Nvidia SLI configuration are equally similar in Battlefield 4. But the GTX 980 SLI has faster minimum frames per second.
GTX 980 SLI vs R9 290X 8GB CF vs R9 295X2 in Metro: Last Light. There is no doubt that the AMD R9 290X 8GB is always proven faster in Metro games.
GTX 980 SLI vs R9 290X 8GB CF vs R9 295X2 in Shadow of Mordor. The most embarrassing defeat from Nvidia comes from this game where the R9 290X 8GB jumps way on top, with the GTX 980 in SLI mustering only 4 frames per second in Shadow of Mordor.
GTX 980 SLI vs R9 290X 8GB CF vs R9 295X2 in Tomb Raider
Up until just recently, 4GB of VRAM on the latest video cards has been the best you can get. It was only recently that the consumer side of things started to see cards with 6GB and 8GB of VRAM, with NVIDIA offering the GTX Titan range of cards with 6GB of VRAM, while AMD offer 8GB of cards with their Radeon R9 290X.
At 4K, you don’t need 8GB of VRAM, it’s as simple as that. But when you start moving above that and using 8K, or 7680×4320, you really need much more than 4GB of VRAM. 6GB of VRAM would be good, but 8GB of VRAM or more is ideal. During our testing, Battlefield 4 was using around 5.6GB of VRAM, while Shadow of Mordor was pushing 7.9GB of VRAM – filling the entire 8GB of VRAM.