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Flagship GPU Rematch: AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition vs. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680

Test Setup

Test Setup

We've finally replaced our old test rig with a brand new one for 2013. Here are the new specs we'll be running with:

  • Intel Core i7-3960X (3.3GHz)
  • ASUS P9X79 Pro (Intel X79 chipset) Motherboard
  • 4 x 2GB DDR3-1600 G.Skill Ripjaws Memory
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive (OS)
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 7200 RPM 1TB SATA hard drive (Benchmarks + Games)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

As previously stated, we're using the most recently released drivers for both cards in this rematch:

  • AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta8)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 310.70)

We've also updated our benchmark list. Say goodbye to Far Cry 2 and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, and welcome Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed 3 and Hitman: Absolution. We've also updated Unigine from version 2.1 to 3.0. We may also be adding more games to this list for future reviews, so stay tuned!

  • Futuremark 3DMark 11
  • Unigine 3.0 "Heaven"
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Crysis 2
  • Batman: Arkam City
  • Dirt 3
  • Far Cry 3
  • Assassin's Creed 3
  • Hitman: Absolution