Date: Monday , July 20, 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 are running the Windows 8.1 operating system on a 240GB Kingston HyperX SSD.
For the XFX R9 380 Double Dissipation 4GB we are using Catalyst 15.7 dated 7/8/2015.
For the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 4GB we are using GeForce 353.30 WHQL dated 6/22/2015.
The video cards we are using are as such:
Max OC XFX R9 380 Double Dissipation 4GB - 1152MHz core / 6.44GHz memory
XFX R9 380 Double Dissipation 4GB - 990MHz core / 5.7GHz memory
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 4GB - 1127MHz Base / 1178MHz Boost / 7GHz memory
We are using a reference clocked GeForce GTX 960 4GB video card for comparison throughout this evaluation.
Below are screenshots of Catalyst Control Center and GPU-z after installing the XFX R9 380 Double Dissipation 4GB with the Catalyst 15.7 driver.
(Obviously there is a bug in the memory clock speed and bandwidth reporting with this version of GPUz and this new GPU.)