Our first roundup of tests are of the synthetic variety. First is FutureMark’s 3DMark 11 test. These are the graphics scores for each GPU using both the Performance and Extreme presets that are built into the test.
The next synthetic test is the Heaven DX11 Benchmark. This is probably the most taxing test, as it uses hardware tessellation to an extreme that isn’t really seen on the market currently.
As you can see, in purely synthetic tests, the 660 Ti easily outperforms AMD’s 7870. However, the real-world tests are where you’ll get a better idea of how each card really does.
Now we will begin our real-world tests. Three of the tests were conducted using the game’s built-in benchmarking software. These are Aliens Vs. Predator, Crysis Warhead, and Far Cry 2. For the other three tests we did a series of timed runs captured with FRAPS and once we had a set of scores that were consistent, we recorded them.
During our Civilization V test, we were unable to get the game to play on all three monitors using the 660 Ti. The game would allow us to select the 5760×1080 resolution, however, the game would still appear on only a single screen during our tests. Thus the absent scores.
Skyrim does not natively support triple-monitor setups, so we left these scores out of our test results.