Testing – 3DMark
Starting off with 3DMark, we tested the Sapphire HD 7790 OC Edition initially with the latest version of 3DMark. 3DMark contains 3 benchmarks, but we will be running the “Fire Strike” benchmark as it is the most GPU intensive.
Next up we have 3DMark 11. 3DMark11 is a notoriously popular method of gauging 3D performance, producing a score at the end of the run. Utilizing DirectX 11 (hence the name), advanced lighting, shadows, tessellation and others, it makes sure to test the capabilities of your hardware. We tested with two different settings: Performance, which optimizes 3DMark11 for a 720p environment, and then Extreme, which optimizes for a 1080p environment.
Following 3DMark11, we utilized its sister suite, 3DMark Vantage. 3DMark Vantage is optimized for the previous generation of DirectX, DirectX 10, but that doesn’t make its results any less relevant. Again, like its younger sibling, 3DMark Vantage presents a score at the end of its benchmarking routine. We tested with the Performance setting first, High and finally the Extreme setting.