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3DMark Time Spy - DX12 Benchmarking for the Masses

By: Anthony Garreffa | Benchmarks in Software | Posted: Jul 14, 2016 5:00 pm

Performance Analysis


How did our cards perform? We can see that AMD is performing better than normal in Time Spy thanks to their early work into DX12 within their GPU architectures, especially the new Polaris architecture. AMD's Radeon RX 480 performs well, beating out the GTX 980 just barely, while the R9 390X isn't too far ahead.




AMD's Radeon R9 Fury X beats out NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan X - and again, just barely - while the new GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 soar past without a problem. NVIDIA has been doing much more tinkering in its DX12 magic, and it shows with the new Pascal architecture and both the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070.



The multi-GPU results were more fascinating, as it shows how the aging GTX 780s in SLI perform against the newer GTX 980s in SLI, right through to the GTX 1080s in SLI. If we look at this testing, we are getting some great multi-GPU scaling thanks to DirectX 12, but it's the Radeon RX 480 CF versus the GeForce GTX 1080 SLI which everyone would be here for.




As you can see in this direct comparison, AMD's Radeon RX 480 CF beats a single GeForce GTX 1080. Considering that two Radeon RX 480s would cost less than $500 while the GeForce GTX 1080 is priced at $699 - this is some damn good multi-GPU performance.



Final Thoughts


Effective immediately, I will be rolling 3DMark Time Spy into my graphics card reviews, which will start with my upcoming review of NVIDIA's new mid-range GeForce GTX 1060. I actually have the results of the GTX 1060 running Time Spy, but we can't share them just yet.




It's great to see Futuremark nailing the DX12 benchmark with Time Spy, which has me excited to start testing 3 and 4-way GPU setups. Futuremark now finds itself in a position of really owning the benchmark game with a suite of benchmarks starting from mobile, right up to DX11 tests, and now DX12 tests with Time Spy.


As for the performance, AMD nails DX12 performance with its $199-$239 price range on the Radeon RX 480 with some great results with the RX 480s in CrossFire. NVIDIA is showing the world that their new Pascal architecture isn't messing around when it comes to the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 - both of which are new, and expensive - and we're not even talking about the new HBM2-based cards yet.


Both AMD and NVIDIA have some new cards to release in the Polaris and Pascal architectures, respectively - while looking into 2017 we have the next-gen Vega and Volta architectures to look forward to from both companies. The world of DX12 is just opening up now, so let's hope we see a full-steam ahead effort from game developers moving into the future.

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