A New Hope
Nvidia impressed the gaming community with the sheer processing horsepower of the full-fat GeForce GTX Titan X released a month ago.
Benchmarking about 40 per cent faster than the already-decent GTX 980 and therefore a much better fit for gaming at 4K with all the bells and whistles on, Titan X has no single-GPU performance peer... until now.
3DFX is preparing to rise from the ashes with a new Voodoo card that is rumoured to remove the Titan X from its lofty perch. Whispers said that this monster of a card, dubbed 'Reloaded' and equipped with next-generation features such as HBM and DX12, to arrive in time for June's Computex trade show, but the cat's already out the bag.
We managed to benchmark a Reloaded card destined for a system integrator's machine just yesterday. Though likely not absolutely indicative of final performance due to immature drivers we thought you might want a peek at 3DFX's return to the world of PC graphics.
The sample card has certain markings that could give away its provenance and land said system integrator in scalding-hot water, so without further ado, here are the benchmarks you're going to want to see. Can it topple Titan X? Read on to find out.
3DFX Strikes Back
|Graphics Card||GPU Cores||Base Clock
|3DFX Voodoo Reloaded (8GB)||4,096||N/A||1,000||8,192||1,250||4,096||Pre-release|
|AMD Radeon R9 295X2 (8GB)||2,816 x2||N/A||1,018||4,096||5,000||512 x2||15.3 beta|
|AMD Radeon R9 290X (4GB)||2,816||N/A||1,000||4,096||5,000||512||15.3 beta|
|AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB)||2,560||N/A||947||4,096||5,000||512||15.3 beta|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X SLI (12GB)||3,072 x2||1,002||1,076||12,288 x2||7,012||384 x2||347.84|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X (12GB)||3,072||1,002||1,076||12,288||7,012||384||347.84|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (4GB)||2,048||1,127||1,216||4,096||7,012||256||347.84|
|Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan (6GB)||2,688||837||876||6,144||6,008||384||347.84|
HEXUS Graphics Test Bench
|Hardware Components||HEXUS Review||Product Page|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-4770K (quad-core, overclocked up to 4.40GHz)||June 2013||Intel.com|
|CPU Cooler||Noctua NH-D15||April 2014||Noctua.at|
|Motherboard||Asus Z97-A||May 2014||Asus.co.uk|
|Memory||16GB Corsair Vengeance Pro (2x8GB) DDR3 @ 1,866MHz||-||Corsair.com|
|Power Supply||Corsair AX760i||-||Corsair.com|
|Storage Device||Crucial M500 240GB SSD||July 2013||Crucial.com|
|Chassis||Corsair Graphite Series 600T||October 2010||Corsair.com|
|Monitor||Philips Brilliance 4K Ultra HD LED (288P6LJEB/00)||-||Philips.co.uk|
|Operating system||Windows 8.1 (64-bit)||October 2012||Microsoft.com|
|3DMark||Fire Strike, Fire Strike Extreme and Fire Strike Ultra|
|Title||Settings at 1,920x1,080
|Settings at 2,560x1,440
|Settings at 3,840x2,160
|Alien: Isolation||SMAA-T2x, Maximum Quality||SMAA-T2x, Maximum Quality||FXAA, Maximum Quality|
|BioShock Infinite||AA Enabled, Ultra Preset inc. Depth of Field||AA Enabled, Ultra Preset inc. Depth of Field||AA Enabled, Ultra Preset inc. Depth of Field|
|Grid Autosport||8xMSAA, Maximum Quality Settings (Soft Ambient Occlusion On, Advanced Lighting On, Global Illumination On)||4xMSAA, Maximum Quality Settings (Soft Ambient Occlusion On, Advanced Lighting On, Global Illumination On)||4xMSAA, Maximum Quality Settings (Soft Ambient Occlusion On, Advanced Lighting On, Global Illumination On)|
|Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor||Ultra Quality Preset||Ultra Quality Preset||Very High Quality Preset|
|Tomb Raider||FXAA, Ultra Quality Preset, TressFX Disabled||FXAA, Ultra Quality Preset, TressFX Disabled||FXAA, Ultra Quality Preset, TressFX Disabled|
|Total War: Rome II||Ultra Preset||Ultra Preset||Ultra Preset|
|Power Consumption||To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record system-wide mains power draw both when idle and while playing Grid Autosport.|
|Temperature||To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record GPU core temperature both when idle and while playing Grid Autosport.|
|Noise||A PCE-318 meter is used to record noise levels when idle and while playing Grid Autosport.|
|Overclocking||Maintaining out-the-box voltage, we increase the card's power target and aim for an optimal balance of core and memory overclock. With the heightened frequencies in place, the 3DMark and Total War: Rome II tests are re-run.|
All cards have been benchmarked from scratch using the latest drivers at the time of testing.
To minimise the impact of any CPU bottlenecks, our test platform is configured with a quad-core Intel Core i7-4770K overclocked up to 4.4GHz. 16GB of Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 is set to run at 1,866MHz using the built-in XMP profile.
For our ultra-high-end benchmark suite, we have an array of games tested at full-HD (1,920x1,080) QHD (2,560x1,440) and 4K (3,840x2,160) resolutions. In order to maintain playable framerates in the latter mode, the level of anti-aliasing may be reduced and any such changes are highlighted using bold in the above table. Readers should note that, despite running with lowered settings, games often look considerably better at 4K as a result of the huge increase in on-screen pixels.
Where applicable, any vendor-specific enhancements such as PhysX, TressFX and 3DFX are disabled to help even the playing field.