3DMark Fire Strike and Unigine Heaven
Our synthetic tests show the performance advantage of the GTX 980 is real and that maybe AMD's long dominance in 3DMark Fire Strike might be over! At stock the GTX 980 is 15% faster than the R9 290X in our Extreme preset tests. On the Unigine Heaven results at the Extreme preset is 13% faster on the NVIDIA Maxwell GM204 GPU.
The GTX 970's edge is a bit lower in 3D Mark Fire Strike Extreme at 7% while the Unigine Heave Extreme preset gives the edge to Maxwell by only 3%.
Our multi-GPU results continue the impressive GTX 980 performance with a 13% advantage with the GTX 980 SLI config versus the R9 290X CrossFire setup.