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Gaming and Synthetic Benchmarks

Gaming Benchmarks

For gaming benchmarks, I chose 4 games, and mostly new titles. Games were tested with Nvidia’s Special Edition Star Wars Titan Xp, The Galactic Empire Edition. I tested the new Assassins Creed Origins, Shadow of War, the sequel to Shadow of Mordor, Grand Theft Auto 5 and Watch Dogs 2. Each of the were tested in 1080p, 1440p, 3440 x 1440 and 4k.  For testing the integrated graphics, games were tested in 1280 x 720p on the games lowest possible settings. All games were played at their max settings. They were left at their stock settings. Each benchmark run was timed at 120 seconds, ran three times each, then averaged out to get the final results.

Assassins Creed Origins is the newest game in my suite, having been releases at the end of October. The game is set in ancient Egypt. Ubisoft built a gorgeous open world that’s fun to explore. The game looks amazing. With so much detail, its no wonder the game puts a serious strain on your GPU. The next newest game is Watch Dogs 2. It also happens to be the second most demanding game in my suite. Watch Dogs 2 is another testament to how well Ubisoft can build an open world. The game is world is huge, and just as beautiful. Before AC Origins, Watch Dogs 2 was the most demanding game in my entire library of almost 200 games. Like AC Origins, Watch Dogs 2 does a number on any GPU, even a Titan Xp.

Shadow of War is the sequel to the very successful, Shadow of Mordor. Taking place in the Lord of the Rings universe, Monolith Productions did an amazing job creating the world of Middle Earth in both games. Shadow of war is beautiful, and one of the best optimized games I’ve ever played.

The last game I tested is also the oldest. Grand Theft Auto 5 may have been released in 2013. However, it wasn’t released until 2015 on PC.  Even though it’s a bit old now, GTA V still has one of the most in-depth graphics menus I’ve ever seen in a game. It is a well optimized game and when maxed out, looks amazing. With its advanced graphics setting maxed, it can bring any GPU to its knees. A quick side note on GTA V. I maxed out all setting, even the advanced graphics, with one exception.  I left the Frame Scaling Mode off. This is due to the massive hit in performance the game takes, even on high end hardware.


There was no real surprise that in 1080p, the Special Edition Titan Xp destroyed these titles. The best average in 1080p was Shadow of War with 129 FPS. The worst performance was the newest title in Assassins Creed Origins with 87 FPS. Shadow of War did best in 1440p as well with an average of 98 FPS. GTA V took the back seat with an average of 77 FPS.

In both 3440 x 1440 and 4k, Shadow of war took the lead again with an average of 110 FPS in 3440 x 1440 and 56 in 4k. Again, GTA V did the worst on both resolutions. In 3440 x 1440, GTA V averaged 60 FPS. However, in 4k, it was the only game to not even average at least 50 FPS. It managed only 40 FPS maxed out in 4k.

Synthetic Benchmarks

For synthetic benchmarks, I ran two of the 3DMARK applications. These were Firestrike and Time Spy. I also tested Unigine Heaven Benchmark. Firestrike and Time Spy were tested with the CPU and GPU at stock and overclocked


3DMark is a computer benchmarking tool created and developed by Futuremark used to determine the performance of a computer’s 3D graphic rendering and CPU workload processing capabilities. It does this through a series of graphics and physics and or CPU tests. I used 3DMarks most popular benchmark, Firestrike as well as their newest DX12 benchmark, Time Spy to test the Nvidia Star Wars Special Edition Titan Xp. The card was tested at both stock and overclocked to +175 on the core and +350 on the memory, using MSI Afterburner.


Unigine Heaven

The Heaven Benchmark is a DirectX 11 benchmark designed to stress your GPU under heavy loads. The Heaven Benchmark can be used to determine the stability of a GPU under extremely stressful conditions. I ran the heaven benchmark with the Star Wars Titan Xp on a custom Preset, Ultra Quality, Extreme Tessellation, AA X8, in 2560 x 1440p using the DX 11 API. The Start Wars Titan Xp received an overall score of 2486 with an average FPS of 98.7 a minimum or 33 and a maximum if 209. Although the Titan Xp was used in this review, the MSI Lightning 1080 TI was tested on the same test bench.

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