HIGH-END: ASUS STRIX GTX 970 – 1440P
Crytek’s final installment in the Crysis trilogy is easily their most graphically ambitious release, and even though it is now a few years old, it still represents the bleeding-edge in graphical fidelity.
We test on “High” with FXAA.
Switching things over for our 1440p tests, we can see that Crysis 3 plays beautifully on all configurations. That said, our 5960X does win out in both average FPS and frame time variance.
The Witcher 3 is definitely one of the most highly anticipated game releases this year, and as the follow-up to developer CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher 2 – which was one of the most graphically intense PC game when it was released – it has some big shoes to fill.
We test on “High” with NVIDIA HairWorks off, and post-processing set to “High” with FXAA enabled.
Here we can see that Witcher 3 manages to stay almost entirely GPU bound on all tests, giving us virtually dead even performance.
Tomb Raider (2013)
The most recent iteration of Crystal Dynamic’s long-running series, Tomb Raider represents one of the best-looking titles on PC to date. Its varied landscapes and beautiful organic environments create a quite graphically demanding title.
We test this game on “Ultimate” with TressFX and FXAA.
More of the same from Tomb Raider, even at 1440p it plays roughly the same on all processors tested.
Grand Theft Auto V
One of the most highly-anticipated releases for PC, GTA V is the latest installment of Rockstar’s long-running genre-defining open-world shooter, and it is their most graphically demanding title yet! with massive city that’s brought to life with immense detail.
We test on “Very High” with all “Advanced Graphics” and MSAA options turned off with FXAA enabled.
Again, the 5960X manages to outpace the FX-8370, this time by 4-5 FPS on average, and by a much wider margin when it comes to frame time variance.
Project CARS is easily one of the biggest titles out there in racing sims, with realistic weather conditions, advanced lighting effects, and physics. Slightly Mad Studios has had a pedigree in making racing games and this one is no slouch.
We test on Nurmburg Ring in ‘Stormy’ weather conditions at “High” settings with all forms of anti-aliasing turned off.
In Project CARS the tables have turned a bit, with the 5960X actually winning out this time, by between 1-4 FPS average. However, our frame time variance is still higher with the FX-8370, which is rather interesting and can definitely make a difference in a racing title such as this one.