Test Rig

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K @ 4.2GHz
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth Z77
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz 9-9-9-24 16GB
Storage: Crucial C300 128GB
PSU: SuperFlower Golden king 550W 80+ Platinum
CASE: Corsair 700D

Latest drivers were downloaded from the manufacturer’s websites before the testing began.


For graphics card testing, here at XSReviews our aim is to provide a set of clean, reliable benchmarks. For each test, the test was repeated three times and then an average taken or where results were inconsistent, tests were continued until two concordant results were reached.

The benchmarks consist of a mixture of games and synthetic benchmarks; game testing is carried out through a specifically designed benchmark suite for that particular title or by using a time demo and the utility FRAPS to record the frame rates. The following software was used in the testing of the graphics cards:

  • 3Dmark 11
  • 3Dmark Vantage
  • Furmark – for temperature testing
  • Unique Heaven 3.0
  • DIRT 3
  • Call of Juarez (1080P, High, MSAA X4)
  • Resident Evil 5 Bench (Max, 1080P)
  • Streetfighter(Max, 1080P)
  • FFXIV(Max, 1080P)

3Dmark 11

3Dmark11 is the latest benchmark released from industry standard firm Futuremark. It is being touted as the de-facto way to test DirectX 11 enabled graphics cards and their capabilities of processing the latest 3D features found in modern games.

Futuremark describes the 3Dmark score as “an overall measure of your system’s 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests. By comparing your score with those submitted by millions of other gamers you can see how your gaming rig performs, making it easier to choose the most effective upgrades or finding other ways to optimize your system.”

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The GTX670 AMP! Almost hit GTX680 speeds without even an overclock.


3Dmark Vantage

3DMark Vantage is the industry standard performance benchmark for DirectX 10 gaming PCs. It includes two graphics tests, two CPU tests and six feature tests. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark Vantage is the best way to consistently and reliably test DirectX 10 under game-like loads. PhysX has been disabled for this test to make it fair against the AMD cards.

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In Vantage again we see very close scores, this GTX670 AMP! is a great performer.


Unigine Heaven

“Heaven Benchmark is a DirectX 11 GPU benchmark based on advanced Unigine™ engine from Unigine Corp. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. Interactive mode provides emerging experience of exploring the intricate world of steampunk.”

The settings used are:  Shaders – High, Tessellation – Normal, AA – Off, Anistropy – 4, 1280 X 1024 Full screen.

[easychart type=”horizbar” title=”Unigine Heaven” groupnames=”6950, 7870, 560 Ti, GTX 680, GTX 670 AMP!, GTX 680 AMP!” valuenames=”Score” group1values=”50.2″ group2values=”66.7″ group3values=”44.6″ group4values=”85.2″ group5values=”84.4″ group6values=”90.8″ ]

Less than one FPS in it now, very close.

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William Hemmens