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3DMark Time Spy - DX12 Benchmarking for the Masses

3DMark Time Spy - DX12 Benchmarking for the Masses
Futuremark releases its new DX12 benchmark, 3DMark Time Spy - but who dominates DX12? NVIDIA or AMD? Let's answer that right now.
By: Anthony Garreffa | Benchmarks in Software | Posted: Jul 14, 2016 5:00 pm

Introduction

 

Futuremark is known for its infamous 3DMark software, with it being one of the most popular tools for benchmarking your PC. The company has, until now, concentrated on DX11-class hardware - but now we are entering the world of DirectX 12 thanks to Windows 10, and Futuremark is here with the release of Time Spy.

 

 

Time Spy is Futuremark's DX12-capable benchmark, joining the other benchmarks in 3DMark like Fire Strike, Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, and Ice Storm. Time Spy is the only DX12 benchmark, with Futuremark using a "pure DirectX 12 engine", with the Finnish company building the engine from the ground up to support features like Asynchronous Compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.

 

 

Futuremark worked with AMD, NVIDIA, Intel, Microsoft, and other members of the Futuremark Benchmark Development Program, and now is the time for its release. The new Time Spy part of 3DMark is an update to 3DMark, so if you already own it for benchmarking purposes, you'll be able to now benchmark your DX12-capable GPU, as long as you've also got Windows 10 installed.

 

 

The Time Is Now

 

What better way to use the time pun than with Futuremark's release of 3DMark Time Spy, and with the time never being better with Windows 10 now here and very established. Not only that but NVIDIA and AMD both have various DX12-capable graphics cards to buy right now, with next-gen products continuing to be released.

 

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NVIDIA pulled the trigger first with its new GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards, with plenty of custom cards now filling the market, slowly. AMD unleashed its next-gen Polaris 10-based Radeon RX 480 recently, priced at $199 and beyond. There has been no better time to buy GPUs, and it's only going to get better moving into the future.

 

A very large part of the new graphics cards is DirectX 12, Microsoft's new API within Windows 10 that amplifies your graphics card - and games. But with no real way to benchmark DX12, it has been hard... until now. Futuremark's release of 3DMark Time Spy represents a large change in the GPU benchmarking game, and I'm beyond excited.

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