Date: Monday , January 19, 2015
We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.
We will be using a ASUS P8Z77 WS motherboard. For the CPU we used an Intel i7 3770k overclocked to 4.6GHz with Hyper-threading enabled. The RAM is Corsair Dominator 16GB at 1600MHz. We have recently upgraded our system to run the Windows 8.1 operating system on a 240GB Kingston HyperX SSD.
Driver Information :
For the ASUS ROG GTX 980 MATRIX-P video card we are using GeForce 347.09 WHQL dated 12/23/2014.
For the ASUS ROG R9 290X MATRIX-P, and later the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 we are using the Catalyst Omega 14.12 driver package, dated 12/9/2014.
Below is a screenshot of GPU-z after installing the ASUS ROG GTX 980 MATRIX-P video card with the GeForce 347.09 WHQL driver.