We kicked off with the 3DMark (2013) Fire Strike benchmark. Its two tests, Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme, will put these high-end cards through their paces with extreme levels of tessellation and volumetric illumination, as well as complex smoke simulation using compute shaders and dynamic particle illumination.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti card took the top spot for both tests; however, the AMD R9 290X card was nipping at its heels. The NVIDIA card only managed to edge ahead by slightly less than 1% for Fire Strike, and for Fire Strike Extreme, the GTX 780 Ti was on par with the Radeon R9 290X. Against the GTX Titan and GTX 780 card, the new top dog showed the advantages of having more CUDA cores, as well as higher speed video memory modules that are rated at 7000GHz for increased memory bandwidth. Overall, the GTX 780 Ti pulled ahead of the once mighty GTX Titan by a margin that ranged from 3.4- to 4.8% and it was also approximately 13% ahead of the GTX 780.
Will these findings translate over to the real-world games? Read on to find out!
Moving on to our in-game environment test environment consisting of Crysis 3 and our Fraps utility, which is used to measure the average frame rates churned out by each card at a stipulated rendered cutscene of the game title. Crysis 3 is driven by the CryEngine 3, with extreme amounts of tessellation, per-pixel per-object motion blur, Bokeh Depth of Field, displacement mapping on small terrain, particle and volumetric lighting and fog shadows, improved dynamic cloth and vegetation, dynamic caustics and diffuse shadows.
Generally speaking, NVIDIA GeForce GTX series cards fare well on the Crysis 3 benchmark and the GTX 780 Ti is no exception as it took pole positions for all the test scenarios. Against the strongest competitor, the GTX Titan, the GTX 780 Ti was about 7% better on average. What about AMD's fresh new Radeon R9 290X? The GTX 780 Ti easily overtook it with a performance advantage ranging from 17 to 20%.