The Witcher 3

The third game in CD Projekt RED’s expansive RPG series, The Witcher 3 is our RPG benchmark of choice. Utilizing the company’s in-house engine, REDengine 3, The Witcher makes use of an array of DirectX 11 features, all of which combine to make the game both stunning and surprisingly GPU-intensive. Our benchmark is based on an action-heavy in-engine cutscene early in the game, and Hairworks is disabled.

The Witcher 3 - 3840x2160 - Ultra Quality (No Hairworks)

The Witcher 3 - 2560x1440 - Ultra Quality (No Hairworks)

NVIDIA primarily promotes the GTX 1080 Ti as a 4K card, and for good reason. Thanks to Bigger Pascal, NVIDIA finally has the performance to break 60fps on a number of games at 4K, with The Witcher 3 chief among them. At 60.1fps it just makes that mark, with virtually no room to spare.

Overall this game is a strong showing for NVIDIA’s newest card. The GTX 1080 Ti picks up another 32% over the GTX 1080, and 75% over the last-generation GTX 980 Ti.

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  • MrSpadge - Thursday, March 9, 2017 - link

    An HBM2 equipped vega(n) rabbit? Reply
  • eek2121 - Thursday, March 9, 2017 - link

    Before you do that though, you should test Ryzen with the Ti. Reviewers everywhere are showing that for whatever reason, Ryzen shines with the 1080 Ti at 4k. Reply
  • just4U - Friday, March 10, 2017 - link

    I did a double take there as I actually thought you type pull a rabbit out of my a... Was like ... wait, what?? (..chuckle) Anyway, good review Ryan. I read about the Ti being out soon.. didn't realize it was here already. Reply
  • Drumsticks - Thursday, March 9, 2017 - link

    Nice review Ryan.

    I can't wait to see what Vega brings. I'm hoping we at least get a price war over a part that can sit in between the 1080 and Ti parts. I would love to see Vega pull off 75% faster than a Fury X (50% clock speed boost, 20% more IPC?) but wow that would be a tough order. Let's just hope AMD can bring some fire back to the market in May.
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  • MajGenRelativity - Thursday, March 9, 2017 - link

    I'm also extremely interested in seeing what Vega brings as well. My wallet is ready to drop the bills necessary to get a card in this price range, but I'm waiting for Vega to see who gets my money. Reply
  • ddriver - Thursday, March 9, 2017 - link

    It will bring the same thing as ever - superior hardware nvidia will pay off most game developers to sandbag, forcing amd to sell at a very nice price to the benefit of people like me, who don't care about games but instead use gpus for compute.

    For compute amd's gpus are usually 2-3 TIMES better value than nvidia. And I have 64 7950s in desperate need of replacing.
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  • MajGenRelativity - Thursday, March 9, 2017 - link

    That's a lot of 7950s. What do you compute with them? Reply
  • A5 - Thursday, March 9, 2017 - link

    Fake internet money, I assume. And maybe help the power company calculate his bill... Reply
  • ddriver - Thursday, March 9, 2017 - link

    Nope, I do mostly 3D rendering, multiphysics simulations, video processing and such. Cryptocurrency is BS IMO, and I certainly don't need it. Reply
  • MajGenRelativity - Thursday, March 9, 2017 - link

    I'm assuming you do that for your job? If not, that's an expensive hobby :P Reply

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