3DMark 11 is a synthetic benchmark designed to test a GPU's performance at various aspects of DirectX 11 such as tessellation and DirectCompute. Our custom cards all performed fairly well here, gaining about 6% over the reference card on both presets. Gigabyte was the clear performance winner at the Performance preset, outperforming the rest of the cards by about 3%, however Palit caught up at the Extreme preset. Both ASUS and MSI lagged slightly behind due to their lower default clock speeds.
For an idea of in-game performance, as usual we tested our cards on Crysis 3, the toughest game in our benchmark set due to its extreme amounts of tessellation, per-pixel per-object motion blur, Bokeh Depth of Field, displacement mapping, particle and volumetric lighting and fog shadows.
Gigabyte was again the leader at all resolutions and settings, however the difference between it and Palit was marginal. ASUS and MSI trailed slightly behind, however there was no real tangible difference in perceivable FPS between any of the four cards in terms of actual gaming experience.
For our overclocking efforts we were actually able to achieve the highest overclock with MSI, raising it to a stable overclock of 1133MHz with memory raised to 6600MHz DDR. Despite this, its performance scores on 3DMark wasn't outstanding, and it was actually Gigabyte overclocked to 1130MHz with memory at 6600MHz DDR that scored the highest.
All of our cards gained about 8-10% through overclocking with MSI seeing the biggest gains. Palit was slightly disappointing as we were unable to raise it higher than 1120MHz.