Testing and Methodology
For game testing we turn off the boost portion of the processor and force it to one at one speed, in this case 4,375GHz, I could give the entire spiel about longevity overclocking but most of you on the outer edge of the overclocking envelope already know you are killing your processor. We can’t afford a degrading processor and still report reliable results so we use a conservative 4.4GHz, We are in the process of changing up how game settings are reported so bear with us on that.
We make 3 passes at the game from a save previously created, as soon as that point is loaded we trigger an elaborate Macro that runs the same route and performs the same actions each time. Benchmarks that run auto we just let them run. We run each scenario 3 times and average the three that score is reported here. If an anomalous score should develop, one so far out-of-bounds it’s questionable we run one more run and throw out the anomalous score.
We realize the EVGA GTX 980 Ti SC is going to kill every card we have on these charts. We have requested other cards both Nvidia and AMD and as yet no vendors have ponied up more powerful cards. The Closest card we have in this lab is the XFX R9 290A EDFD and it is the only other card we will be testing at 4k at this time. As other cards roll in that are in a similar power range as the GTX 980 TI we will add them to the charts to get a better balance.
|Case Type||SilverStone Fortress FT05DIYPC Open Test Chassis|
|CPU||Intel Haswell E 5820k 4.4GHz|
|Motherboard||ASUS X99 Pro|
|Ram||Kingston Fury 2400 MHz 15-15-15|
|CPU Cooler||SilverStone Tundra TD02-E|
|Hard Drives||480GB HyperX Predator M.2 PCIe SSD (OS Drive)
2 x Crucial MX 100 SSD
1 x Two TB Seagate Platter Storage Drive
|Optical||Liteon DVD Burner|
|GPU||EVGA GTX 980 Ti SuperClocked ACX 2.0+|
|Case Fans||2 X 180mm 700 RPM 18dBA
1 x 120mm 950 RPM 18dBA
|Testing PSU||SilverStone ST1500-GS|
|Mouse||Razer Naga Epic Chroma|
|Keyboard||Razer BlackWidow Chroma|
|Any Attempt Copy This System Configuration May Lead to Bankruptcy|