This high end multi-GPU 4k showdown includes overclocking

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 29, 2014 - 11:27 AM |
Tagged: asus, gtx 780, R9 290X DC2 OC, sli, crossfire, STRIX GTX 780 OC 6GB, R9 290X

We have seen [H]ard|OCP test ASUS' STRIX GTX 780 OC 6GB and R9 290X DirectCU II before but this time they have been overclocked and paired up for a 4k showdown.  For a chance NewEgg gives the price advantage to AMD, $589 versus $599 at the time of writing (with odd blips in prices on Amazon).   The GTX 780 has been set to 1.2GHz and 6.6GHz while the 290X is 1.1GHz and 5.6GHz, keep in mind dual GPU setups may not reach the same frequencies as single cards.  Read on for their conclusions and decide if you prefer to brag about a higher overclock or have better overall performance.

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"We take the ASUS STRIX GTX 780 OC 6GB video card and run two in SLI and overclock both of these at 4K resolutions to find the ultimate gameplay performance with 6GB of VRAM. We will also compare these to two overclocked ASUS Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II CrossFire video cards for the ultimate VRAM performance showdown."

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July 29, 2014 | 02:36 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I guess this is why Ryan and Nvidia stopped talking about frame pacing.

In all of our gaming we have shown you today, in every single game AMD CrossFire feels smoother to us than NVIDIA SLI. That's right, the tables have turned on this issue. In fact we experienced many situations where there was choppiness or stuttering with the two ASUS STRIX cards in SLI. It was noticeable, and when we switched to AMD R9 290X CrossFire; CrossFire just felt smoother.

July 29, 2014 | 05:41 PM - Posted by Allyn Malventano

We stoped talking about frame pacing because it has been (mostly) fixed (still AMD issues in some configurations).

Now for people saying that it 'feels smoother', with no actual frame capture to back it up, makes it a bit of a bogus claim, IMO.

July 29, 2014 | 05:48 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Much like G-Sync.

July 30, 2014 | 12:12 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

But wasnt the 'feels smoother' claim used over the years in nVidia's defense? As I recall, there was no frame capturing back then either, and, as it turned out, the nV fans were right.

July 30, 2014 | 12:38 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If you hold Ryan and all of PC Perspective up to their standards much like Allyn. Everyone would realize all the bull they feed their readers.

You know the old saying. Money talk BS writes a favorable review.

July 29, 2014 | 05:34 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I hate when HardOCP does these kind of reviews, they never use apple-to-apple comparison, all game settings should be identical, otherwise whats the point?

July 29, 2014 | 05:34 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I hate when HardOCP does these kind of reviews, they never use apple-to-apple comparison, all game settings should be identical, otherwise whats the point?

July 29, 2014 | 05:46 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Try scrolling down.

Only game that doesn't have apple-to-apple comparison is Battlefield 4.

July 29, 2014 | 05:46 PM - Posted by Hani

Why did they use an MST monitor!!! Nvidia had "and probably" still have issues with those.

July 29, 2014 | 06:06 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

SST would only be able to achive 60FPS

July 30, 2014 | 01:47 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

With their so perfect drivers ?
Come on ...

July 31, 2014 | 08:07 AM - Posted by godrilla (not verified)

6 gigs vram isn't enough for 4k gaming! I hope upcoming flagship will have 8 gigs Bram standard.

July 31, 2014 | 08:08 AM - Posted by godrilla (not verified)

Vram*

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