To benchmark video cards, we will use our suite of popular games, as well as synthetic benchmarks. For testing purposes, all scores will be posted on a graphical chart and broken down into sections relative to their classifications (Synthetic, DirectX 11, etc). Graphs will measure Frames per Second (FPS) except for 3DMark 11, which will reflect an overall score, and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 will be used. All benchmarks will be tested with the most recent drivers, firmware and BIOS. Hi Tech Legion does not use a database to store its numbers for future use, so all the benchmarks you will see in this review have been performed within the time allotted.


Test System(s):


  • Processor: Intel Core i7 3770K
  • Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77 Deluxe
  • CPU Heatsink: Noctua NH-D14
  • Heatsink Paste: Noctua NT-H1
  • Memory: 8GB Patriot Viper II Extreme 1600MHz DDR3
  • Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN (310.09), NVIDIA GTX 680 (310.07), NVIDIA GTX 690 (310.07), AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (Catalyst 13.1)
  • Hard Drive: Patriot Pyro 256GB SSD
  • Power Supply: Corsair Professional Series Gold 1200W
  • Case: NZXT Phantom
  • Operating System: Windows 8 Pro x64





  • 3DMark (Firestrike)
  • Unigine 3.0 (DirectX 11)
  • Unigine Valley (DirectX 11)
  • Battlefield 3
  • F1 2012
  • Sniper Elite V2
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Metro 2033

2D Surround

  • Battlefield 3
  • F1 2012
  • Sniper Elite V2
  • Metro 2033
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II



Outline for testing:

  • Benchmark the video card using the benchmark suite to see advantages or disadvantages in gaming performance compared to current video cards in the same price range.
  • Performance Tune the video card using chosen performance tuning software
  • Measure the heat output and subjectively compare the noise generated by the video card during idle and load.
  • Resolutions Used:
  1. Single monitor - 2560 x 1600
  2. Surround - 5760 x 1080
  • Temperatures:
  1. All temperatures taken with GPU-Z and will be read in Celsius.
  • Noise Level:
  1. Noise Level will be evaluated using an electronic decimeter and read in decibels.

 Temperature and Noise


GeForce GTX Titan Overclocking video: