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The New 3DMark Benchmark - Testing Smartphones to Multi-GPU Gaming PCs

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: Futuremark

Fire Strike Standard and Extreme Results

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Now we are starting to see some more interesting results and we can actually discuss the differences between hardware vendors.  Starting with the high end, the Radeon HD 7970 CrossFire is running about 7% faster than our pair of GTX 680s in SLI while the single card results show a gap closer to 11.5%.  While that means SLI is scaling better than CrossFire, it isn't enough to make up for the performance advantage of the AMD hardware.

While we didn't test every single current generation card, you can see how the various matchups work out.  The GTX 660 Ti is slightly faster than the HD 7870 GHz Edition and the GTX 650 Ti is running a bit ahead of the HD 7770. 

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The graphics test and combined test frame rates pretty much mirror the scores above which you would expect considering they were all run on the same CPU and platform.


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The Extreme preset, that runs at 2560x1440 with some higher image quality settings, wouldn't complete lower end GPU offerings but were able to run on the HD 7870/HD 7970 as well as the GTX 660 Ti/GTX 680.  The relative performance didn't change though as AMD's HD 7970 again finds itself a bit ahead of the GeForce GTX 680 in both single and GPU configurations. 

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Again, a very similar result to the standard run (in terms of relative peformance differences) is seen when we look at the frame rates as well.

February 4, 2013 | 01:01 PM - Posted by Humanitarian


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February 4, 2013 | 03:53 PM - Posted by ezjohny

This sounds very interesting for a hardware bench mark that targets all platforms, I will be using fire strike for my desktop PC gentleman.

February 5, 2013 | 12:33 PM - Posted by xbeaTX (not verified)

Hi Ryan!...there are rumors that you have received a special package from Nvidia .... fits well with this benchmark? :P

February 5, 2013 | 06:54 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

No clue what you are talking about!  :)

February 6, 2013 | 11:45 AM - Posted by Raghunathan (not verified)

if a HD 7970(925 mhz) is faster than GTX 680 then the HD 7970 Ghz is pretty much the boss in this test. I have always felt that Nvidia got away this generation with the majority of sales and accolades as AMD did not get their launch and early drivers (first 6 months till June 2012) performance as good as it could have been. From 12.11 beta onwards AMD is showing how capable their hardware is.

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February 8, 2013 | 08:40 AM - Posted by BiggieShady

Hey Ryan, correct me if I'm wrong, but It doesn't seem that 3Dmark graph shows frametime fluctuations consistent with inside-the-second analysis as Oliver suggested when you asked about it. It's more like the graph shows average fps in a coresponding time window which is one second or even larger.

February 9, 2013 | 12:20 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

You are correct. It doesn't go into the detail we'll want for our future testing but we can use our other tools for that a bit later.

February 13, 2013 | 06:45 AM - Posted by Brash (not verified)

Ryan, do you see your framerating benchmark as having relevance to this new 3dMark software? It would be interesting to merge the two.

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