ASUS ROG Striker Platinum GTX 760 4GB Video Card Review

Today on our test bench we have the ASUS ROG Striker Platinum GTX 760 wielding 4GB of VRAM and will compare it to the MSI Radeon R9 280 GAMING 3G to determine whether the extra memory makes a difference in real world gaming environments.

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Watch Dogs is available on the PC, we are using the latest version downloadable from Uplay. We have performed a preview of performance in the game if you wish to learn more, as well as a preview look at image quality. Please read those articles to get the run-down on the game. We will be using the same run-through as we used in those evaluations. A full-evaluation of the game is pending. The latest June patch is installed.

For determining the best playable settings, we used the global quality selector in conjunction with the AA selection to provide the best gameplay experience. Our run-through consists of playing through the introduction mission of the game, starting from where the player is given control and we work our way out of the city and begin driving in the open world to evade the police.


Highest Playable Settings

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The ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 was able to play at 1920x1080 with the ultra quality settings and temporal SMAA enabled. During the course of the run-through, we observed video memory usage in the ballpark of 3.3GB. The MSI R9 280 GAMING 3G was somewhat playable at the same settings, however, to have a completely smooth gameplay experience we had to reduce the quality settings to high while maintaining temporal SMAA. The ultra setting was deemed unplayable as there would be significant lag and stuttering during scene transitions where it was obvious that textures were being swapped out. We did not notice any difference in this behavior using the release version or the 6-18-2014 patch version of the game. Overclocking the ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 resulted in a 4.6% performance increase and made no tangible difference to gameplay.


Apples-to-Apples

In this Apples-to-Apples test we ran all four video cards at 1920x1080 with 16X AF, Ultra quality and temporal SMAA.

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The ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 performed 7.0% better than the MSI R9 280 GAMING 3G. Throughout most of the runthrough, the R9 280 was playable except for during scene transitions where the frame rate dropped significantly. Overclocking the ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 increased performance by 4.6%, however did not change the gameplay experience.