FireStrike Ultra Becomes Worlds First Dedicated 4K Gaming Benchmark Tool

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, Oct 14, 2014 5:00 PM

When it comes to the next big thing in PC gaming, that mantle most definitely goes to 4K gaming as it stands. Out of reach to all but the most extreme of gaming rigs, 4K gaming is nevertheless slowly but surely becoming a more affordable option.

The 4K movement has been helped out by cheaper 4K-capable monitors and the introduction of Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 980 and the GeForce GTX 970, both cards capable of single-GPU 4K support in select titles. Of course with all this hardware under the hood gamers need something to really stretch their rig’s muscles. Step in the FireStrike Ultra 4K Benchmark, the world’s first benchmark utility designed to test the Ultra HD capability of today’s graphics cards.

While 4K workarounds have been around for some time now, FireStrike Ultra is only dedicated 4K benchmark tool designed to push GPUs to the max. 4K gaming is basically gaming at 3840 x 2160 resolution, and it needs a hefty PC to get running, not least because it’s pumping out over four times as many pixels as your bog-standard 1080p resolution. It’s enough to bring about gaming rigs crumbling to the ground, but for some it’s the only way to truly get their quad-SLI setup really breaking a sweat.

Amusingly you won’t even need a 4K monitor to run this benchmark, so provided you’ve got at least 3GB of VRAM on your graphics card you can give this one a test, although of course be warned your PC may struggle. If nothing else it stands as a good tester for gamers thinking of hopping into 4K as to whether it’s worth splashing out on a shiny new 4K monitor, of if they’re rig won’t quite cut it just yet.

You can run the FireStrike Ultra 4K benchmark for yourself over here. Going to give this monstrously demanding benchmark a go? Any GD’ers got a rig capable of clocking in a decent frame rate in these benchmarks? Let us know!

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11:00 Oct-16-2014

and I thought it couldn't get any worse than FireStrike Extreme O_o

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09:07 Oct-16-2014

Why is it running in 2560x1440? Any way I think I scored almost 3k, the video was laggy.

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16:26 Oct-15-2014

Gah, that framerate physically hurt T_T


http://www.3dmark.com/fs/2985980


Score: 2120


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MSI R7950 OC Boost 1150MHz (20% OC {30.68% Higher than reference card})/1500MHz (20% OC)/vcore 1.3v/mem volt 1.625v

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17:23 Oct-15-2014

wowowow! i need to try this overclocking. is it stable? what temps do you get? i get 72 degrees celsius when under 100% load for a while. will it be ok?

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19:08 Oct-15-2014

You mean my gpu right?


It's completely stable(even when doing computational tasks). My temps are ok nothing spectacular, max of 82c in furmark and it never go's above 70c while gaming.


72c is fine, don't worry until it go's above 80-85c. Absolute max temp would be 90c, don't let it ever get higher than this.

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19:13 Oct-15-2014

BTW good luck with the OC.
Here's my 3dmark 11 P score for reference (pay attention to the graphics score): http://www.3dmark.com/3dm11/8815293

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19:22 Oct-15-2014

my graphics score with the out of the box OC of my card was around 9600. i tried running 3d mark again with your OC settings and after a few seconds since the test begun the screen went blue. not a BSOD just light blue xD. i didnt alter the mem voltage though. how did you do that? there doesnt seem to be an option in MSI afterburner.
edit: ok i foudn that option in gigabyte OC guru. a different program. lets try that again xD

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19:39 Oct-15-2014

oook after adjusting the memory voltage too test was completed without trouble. these are the 2 scores.
factory OC and after your OC.
what do you say? are the results normal? is the OC worth it? any dangers on the lifespan of the GPU? thanks a lot for the info btw. +1 for you

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20:22 Oct-15-2014

nope... its not stable on my rig :(. after the test tried running shadow of mordor benchmark and the screen went black everytime. i also tried doing the 3d mark test again. it started normally but after a while there was an error and it stopped. last time i tried it stopped again and there was a windows message that said that the display driver stopped working and the resolution got all weird. i am going to burn my card at this rate xD. i dont know what to do. i added +10% to power limit but it didnt help. any ideas?

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20:58 Oct-15-2014

First off, every card oc's differently. So my settings maybe too high for your card.
My advice, reset everything back to stock. Turn the power limit to +20%, then add 10MHz to the core and stress test. If it's stable add 10 more, test again. Repeat this until the display driver stops responding and add 0.010v to the

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21:02 Oct-15-2014

core and repeat the process until you hit the desired/max clock speed that the card can do.
Don't worry about the memory it adds very little real-world performance increase.


Also, turn off any power saving features (Powerplay mainly)

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21:18 Oct-15-2014

ok so i gradually increase the core clock and when driver dies i add 10 mV to the core voltage. got it. thanks. where would these power saving features be? (i will add you as a friend and continue the conversation through PMs if thats ok)

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12:52 Oct-15-2014

I got 3135 but it looked very nice if a little choppy.

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16:20 Oct-15-2014

couldnt figure out how yours was higher, then i noticed you have SLI lol

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23:32 Oct-14-2014

ill have to give this a go when i get home

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04:04 Oct-15-2014

That is an amazing score for your hardware. Holy crap the OC on your CPU!


It is amazing how much better the nVidia 900 series handles 4K compared to the 700 series. You must be proud. ;)


Very nice rig man. Get it validated asap. :D

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06:10 Oct-15-2014

its pending approval :)

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22:17 Oct-15-2014

Great!


+1 for you. :D

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21:23 Oct-14-2014

I actually just bought 3DMark from Steam JUST so I can try this out :P

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23:09 Oct-14-2014

Post your score & the link to your score.

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23:16 Oct-14-2014
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23:29 Oct-14-2014

Hmm... After looking at your result details it seems your performance tanked during Graphics Test 2. Try running the test again without running the demo first. Could be your GPU got too warm & down throttled.

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04:09 Oct-15-2014

It'll be the VRAM like you pointed out above.

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04:22 Oct-15-2014

Yeah. The 2GB VRAM is most likey the problem. However his graphics test 1 was very good. It was graphics test 2 that tanked. Do you suppose that is because of using up all the VRAM?

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19:47 Oct-14-2014

so... all these stupid gimmicks GT630s with 4 gb of vram on the market might be able to try this test? :P cause i 'd like to see the results!

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20:11 Oct-14-2014

A system trying to run this with a 4GB GT 630 would probably just crash. I was expecting my laptop to crash when I ran it, but it didn't. :D

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18:29 Oct-14-2014

"and the introduction of Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 980 and the GeForce GTX 970"
We aren't ready for 4k gaming.

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17:07 Oct-14-2014

I don't know about this, but I'm gonna give it a try.

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17:07 Oct-14-2014

I tried it. I really thought my rig would just crash, but I made it through the test.


Scored a 2050.
http://www.3dmark.com/fs/2965891

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17:07 Oct-14-2014

on 1080p?

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17:08 Oct-14-2014

The test is 4k, but it downscales to your native screen resolution after the render. I watched it in 1080p, but it was running in 4k. ;)

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17:13 Oct-14-2014

alright, was it basic edition?

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17:15 Oct-14-2014

give me the download link, can't find it.

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17:17 Oct-14-2014

What download link? If you have a paid for version of 3D Mark then this test is a free update. There is no free version of the Fire Strike Ultra test.
Sorry... :(

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18:56 Oct-14-2014

not a free test? sh1t...

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20:56 Oct-14-2014

Ever thought of buying more RAM?

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23:04 Oct-14-2014

LOL! No... I got this much because I will be stuck with this laptop for a while. A few more years anyway. Also I do a lot of video editing so it helps. :D

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21:40 Oct-14-2014

Lol I got 918 :P

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23:01 Oct-14-2014

Probably because you have a 2GB 770 instead of the 4GB version. 3D Mark recommends 4GB VRAM for running the Fire Strike Ultra 4K test. Both cards are the same performance, but the 4GB version has more available cache space for the 4K resolution. Please post a link to your score?

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23:16 Oct-14-2014

Yeah it could be that. Though one thing you got wrong is the VRAM required; 3DMark requires 3GB of VRAM for Firestrike Ultra, not 4GB.

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23:22 Oct-14-2014

3GB required, but 4GB recommended. Idk why? That is what I remember reading anyway. Don't remember where I read that though...

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03:10 Oct-15-2014

wtf Is that even a laptop. My GTX 770 is 8% slower :P

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03:59 Oct-15-2014

LOL! Yes it is a laptop. Dual mobile 780M in SLI is about equal to a stock clocked desktop 780.


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04:08 Oct-15-2014

I'd like to know how insanely hot that laptop runs with TWO 780Ms!

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04:18 Oct-15-2014

47 Celsius at idle, 65 to 67 Celsius during lite gaming, & 71 to 73 Celsius during heavy gaming. These GPUs will down throttle at 85 Celsius, but they have never gotten that hot. Hottest I have seen it get is 76 Celsius trying to play Metro Last Light fully maxed out with 4xSSAA. I normally play Metro LL with no AA at all. I was just testing it out.

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08:29 Oct-15-2014

Wow, my triple fan desktop card gets hotter than that! Still, I bet you had to pay a fair bit for such a beast laptop.

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16:22 Oct-15-2014

im gonna say about 2k
my asus G750jw with a gtx765m was 1400

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22:08 Oct-15-2014

@ Megaman1574, This laptop has 3 built in fans, copper tubing, & good thermal paste. Also it is a fat boy chasis with good airflow.


@ Un4givn85, It was a lot more than 2K. Try over 5K... Part of that cost was the two 1TB Samsung 840 EVO SSDs, the 32GB Kingston HyperX memory (RAM), the Panasonic UJ-265 6x dual layer Blu-Ray read/write drive, & the custom laser etching I ordered with it.

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00:08 Oct-16-2014

Wish I had that sort of money so I could buy one of those laptops which is a better rig than mine that I can carry around in a bag!

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01:12 Oct-16-2014

yea i didnt look at your profile to see it is an alien
and the twin 1tb 840s are a lot on their own, but damn if you dont have some epic speed, i assume they are in raid for speed?
its a nice rig for sure, makes my g750 look archaic lol

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01:31 Oct-16-2014

@ Megaman1574, I wish I could have spent that much on a desktop instead, but I travel too much. I do like being able to take that much performance with me wherever I go though. :D


@ Un4givn85, Yeah it's an Alien. ;) Many people talk trash about them, but this model has the best available cooling on a laptop. Lower temps mean more stable performance. Stable performance is worth the extra $. imo

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