Originally Posted by BeerPowered
I don't understand why sites benchmark such outdated games that don't push the card.
They should be using games like below for benchmarks.
Batman Arkham Knight
Dragon Age Inquisition
Just Cause 3
I saw that too, it's a shame really. I presume it's to have some form of consistency with their previous benchmarks providing they take them into account.
From what I saw on the Benchmark Configuration page they tested the GTX 970 with the 347.09 driver which released in December 2014
, that's a super old driver, I presume they didn't test the card again recently. The GTX 980 Classified was tested with the 344.60 driver from November 2014.
And they also tested 290X with the 14.4 driver which is also an old driver from 2014.
The R9 Fury they tested is also running an older driver, the the 15.8 driver to be exact. The current latest driver is the 16.1 "Crimson hot fix" driver.
It seems to me that they test their cards intentionally with the launch drivers, or drivers which were released close to the launch of the cards.
Benchmarks can be extremely time consuming and can also be quite costly to acquire the products to review. I'm not sure how they obtained the cards to review, whether they purchased them or received them to review as that sometimes happens.
However the other cards in this benchmark are seemingly based on old data which may or may not be relevant today in terms of the driver updates which have been pushed out for the cards over time, these driver updates can lead to performance increases. But they are also not testing the latest games so this may not be too big of a deal.
It would be nice to see them update their benchmarks with some of the newer releases, Bioshock Infinite, Tomb Raider and Metro Last Light are the latest games which they tested.