Gaming Performance

Ashes of the Singularity

Seen as the holy child of DirectX12, Ashes of the Singularity (AoTS, or just Ashes) has been the first title to actively go explore as many of DirectX12s features as it possibly can. Stardock, the developer behind the Nitrous engine which powers the game, has ensured that the real-time strategy title takes advantage of multiple cores and multiple graphics cards, in as many configurations as possible.

Ashes of The Singularity on ASUS GTX 980 Strix 4GB

Rise Of The Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider is a third-person action-adventure game that features similar gameplay found in 2013's Tomb Raider. Players control Lara Croft through various environments, battling enemies, and completing puzzle platforming sections, while using improvised weapons and gadgets in order to progress through the story.

One of the unique aspects of this benchmark is that it’s actually the average of 3 sub-benchmarks that fly through different environments, which keeps the benchmark from being too weighted towards a GPU’s performance characteristics under any one scene.

Rise of The Tomb Raider on ASUS GTX 980 Strix 4GB


Thief has been a long-standing title in PC gamers hearts since the introduction of the very first iteration which was released back in 1998 (Thief: The Dark Project). Thief as it is simply known rebooted the long-standing series and renowned publisher Square Enix took over the task from where Eidos Interactive left off back in 2004. The game itself utilises the fluid Unreal Engine 3 engine and is known for optimised and improved destructible environments, large crowd simulation and soft body dynamics.

Thief on ASUS GTX 980 Strix 4GB


Not only is the Total War franchise one of the most popular real-time tactical strategy titles of all time, but Sega delve into multiple worlds such as the Roman Empire, Napoleonic era and even Attila the Hun, but more recently they nosedived into the world of Games Workshop via the WARHAMMER series. Developers Creative Assembly have used their latest RTS battle title with the much talked about DirectX 12 API so that this title can benefit from all the associated features that comes with it. The game itself is very CPU intensive and is capable of pushing any top end system to their limits.

Total War: WARHAMMER on ASUS GTX 980 Strix 4GB

In rather a poor showing, the X470 Gaming 7 doesn't seem to be competitive in the gaming tests. Most tests the differences are minimal, however coming bottom in all seems to indicate an issue splitting performance between the CPU and the GPU, perhaps related to how power is distributed.

CPU Performance, Short Form Conclusion


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  • DigitalFreak - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    The M.2 slot furthest from the CPU is PCI-E 2.0 x4, not PCI-E 3.0. Reply
  • gavbon - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    Good spot, edited and thank you :) Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    One other thing - the 3rd (x4) PCI-E slot is PCI-E 2.0, not 3.0. Reply
  • Hxx - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    Gigabyte's BIOS is like the quest to create as many submenus as possible and to bury things as deep as they can be buried within those menus. Luckily my Aorus z370 gaming 7 gets the job done Reply
  • Spoelie - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    Another ATX board :/

    Wanted to upgrade to Ryzen 2 on an ITX board with a 4xx chipset for "proper" precision boost support - but am still waiting on availability of the damn things.

    It's come to a point where I'm contemplating skipping this generation as well and wait for 7nm/Ryzen 3 in H1 next year - a "new" desktop nowadays is 5+ year investment anyway
  • tarqsharq - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    I've had my Asus X470 ITX board since the end of May or so?

    But yeah, waiting for the 7nm shrink might be a really good idea.
  • 29a - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    I'm in the same boat as you Spoelie, I'm wanting to upgrade but I want a board with proper precision boast on a lower end chipset in a uATX or ITX form factor but AMD has been so slow about coming out with the new chipsets that now I'm to the point that I should probably wait for Zen2 and the new GPUs. Reply
  • npz - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    Everyone has at least B450 in micro ATX and Asus and Asrock has ITX boards available Reply
  • 29a - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    When was the release only thing I've seen is late July? Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - link

    I'm not sure which is stupider, the frag harder lights on 2 of the PCIe x16 slots, or that they cheaped out and left the 3rd normal. Reply

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