We can see the same picture in each of the three tests from the latest version of 3DMark. The GeForce GTX Titan is expectedly in the lead, followed by the two Radeons from HIS and ASUS. The latter is just a little faster than the HD 7970 GHz Edition, so the extra 50 MHz of GPU clock rate and extra 600 MHz of graphics memory frequency are not very beneficial. On the other hand, the Radeons are both ahead of the factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 680 from ASUS, which is actually one of the fastest GTX 680s available.
Unigine Valley Bench
This benchmark shows us a different picture:
The GeForce GTX series cards leave no chance to their AMD-based opponents when full-screen antialiasing is not enabled. But as soon as we turn on 8x MSAA, only the GeForce GTX Titan remains in the lead while the ASUS GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP is challenged by the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition cards.
Metro 2033: The Last Refuge
We’ll benchmark our cards in the recently released Metro: Last Light at the end of this review, but right now let’s see what we have in the previous game of the series:
There’s a gap between the Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan and the other three cards, but the Radeon HD 7970s are both faster than the factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 680. The ASUS ROG MATRIX 7970 is 2-3% ahead of the HIS 7970 IceQ X² GHz Edition here.
Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai
The standings are different in this game:
Excepting the Titan, the three fastest single-GPU graphics cards deliver the same average and bottom frame rates when antialiasing is off. But when we use 8x MSAA, the GeForce GTX 680 goes ahead, so the bottom frame rate with the GTX 680 equals the average frame rate with the HD 7970 GHz Edition cards.