Lost Planet was tested at 1920×1200 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering. All in-game settings were at their maximum level.
The above results show that regardless of the motherboard chosen each of the products being tested today offer very good performance in CPU intensive tasks such as the Sisoft Sandra Multimedia test. When we move to gaming on a single card the same can be said with only minor variations in frames per second between each board. This means that the features/support of each board should be the main reason for choosing between them. A good example of this are boards which have varied CrossFire PCIe speeds. For those boards which work in 2×16 mode such as the Asus Crosshair the results are significantly better than boards which use 2×8 mode.
Last month Intel launched their Z97 chipset, essentially an evolution of Z87, which in many cases brought new features such as SATA Express and M.2 compatibility to the mainstream desktop market. There was of course no new CPU at that time with the existing socket 1150 processors working without issue in the new boards. Since then though Intel launched (along with some lower spec models) the Core i7-4790K, a model which sits at the top of their mainstream platform. Today we see how it compares to various other models when installed on Gigabytes Z97X Gaming 5 and paired with PowerColors new dual core 290X Devil 13.
PowerColor offer their own branded version of the liquid cooled R9 295 X2… and now for those who want a similar level of framerate they have their air cooled dual core R9 290X with Devil 13 branding. Today we take a look at this R9 290X2 to see what Powercolor can do with their custom design card in a selection of games including Battlefield 4 and GRID Autosport at 4K resolution.