The Benchmark System
We’re testing with our 2012 VGA benchmark system. The driver we're using was the "miracle" update that catapulted AMD's performance out in front of what Nvidia could do with its GK104. As a result, we can draw comparisons between the dual-Tahiti boards and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 690 without worrying about software-based misrepresentations. Overall, the data should look pretty similar using today's beta drivers, at least in the games we're benchmarking.
|CPU||Intel Core i7-2600K (Sandy Bridge), 32 nm, 4C/8T, 8 MB Shared L3 Cache, Hyper-Threading Enabled, Overclocked to 4.5 GHz|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3, Intel Z68 Express, BIOS F10|
|Memory||4 x 4 GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master TPC 800 with Noiseblocker eLoop B12-PS (PWM)|
|System Drive||Kingston V200+ 480 GB|
|Power Supply||Corsair AX1200i Digital ATX Power Supply, 1200 W, 80 PLUS Platinum|
|Operating System||Windows 7 x64 Ultimate|
|Drivers||Catalyst 12.11 (Beta) and Catalyst 12.9 GeForce 306.97 WHQL|
|Ambient Temperature||22 °C (held constant)|
|Benchmark Case||NZXT Phantom 820|
It’ll be interesting to see how these enormous cards fare in a closed case. It’s not easy to exhaust out 500 or more watts of heat.