Sapphire Nitro R7 370 Video Card Review

System Configuration, Installation, and Performance Testing

Testing Setup

Testing Hardware

  • Gigabyte GA-Z170 Gaming 7 Motherboard
  • Intel Core i7 6700K Processor
  • Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 Memory
  • Patriot Ignite 3K 960GB Solid State Drive
  • Custom Water Cooling
  • Spotswood Small Tech Bench
  • XFX PRO850W XXX Edition 850w Silver Power Supply

Software

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Geeks3D – Furmark
  • TechPowerUp – GPU-Z
  • CPUID – HWMonitor

Synthetic BenchMarks

  • Futuremark – 3DMark (DX11)
  • Maxon – Cinebench R15 (OpenGL)
  • Unigine – Heaven (DX11)

Game BenchMarks

  • 2K Games – Bioshock: Infinite (DX11)
  • Rockstar – Grand Theft Auto: V (DX11)
  • Deep Silver – Metro: Last Light(DX11)
  • SQUARE ENIX, Eidos Interactive – Thief (DX11 and Mantle)
  • SQUARE ENIX, Eidos Interactive – Tomb Raider(DX11)

Drivers

  • Catalyst 15.7.1 WHQL

Testing Environment

 

Performance testing consists two sets of tests, synthetic benchmarks and actual game benchmarks. Between the two synthetic benchmarks and five game benchmarks; we are able to test OpenGL, DirectX 9.0C, DirectX 11, and Mantle application programming interface (API) environments. Synthetic benchmarks are run at their default settings. For gaming benchmarks; 1920×1080, 2560 x 1440, and 3840 x 2160 resolutions are used with more demanding detail settings. This is the test where higher price range cards will typically perform well.

Games are chosen using four criteria: 1) Each game must be a well-known title. 2) Each game must have its own built-in benchmark. 3) Each game must be on a game engine that is different from the other games or utilize its game engine in a way that is unique from the other games used. 4) Each game must be free of continuous patch updates, to ensure a consistent environment for future graphics card testing.

Mechanical drives are eliminated in the test system, to alleviate any I/O-related bottlenecks. All testing was done with an Intel i7 6700K processor clocked at 4.6 GHz.

Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit is chosen as the operating system, due to it being one of the most common operating systems currently in use. Only the most current non-beta release drivers are used for testing, unless specifically stated otherwise.

Synthetic testing is up first.



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