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Unigine Superposition Benchmark: The New GPU Crusher

By: Anthony Garreffa | Benchmarks in Software | Posted: Apr 11, 2017 8:00 am

Final Thoughts


Unigine's Superposition benchmark has catapulted to the front of my benchmarking regime, as it scales beautifully across my suite of graphics cards - with some tricks up its sleeve. The ability to change through virtually every resolution known to man provides an extensive list of tools you can use for benchmarking, and the mix of photorealistic graphics crushes every part of your graphics card.



I ran Superposition through a wide array of graphics cards, on six different resolutions, even at the next big peak that won't be a standard for years - 8K. 7680x4320 is a major strain for any graphics card, but testing 4K, 5K and then 8K in Superposition showed us that Unigine has built it for the future - as I discovered something unique.



Superposition at 4K, 5K, and 8K begins stressing out the VRAM, so we noticed that the GTX 1080 wasn't doing so well - and performing at the level of the GTX 1070 at 4K. But, at 5K and 8K the HBM1 tech on AMD's older Radeon R9 Fury X comes into play with its 4096-bit memory bus and 512GB/sec. NVIDIA's use of GDDR5X @ 11Gbps on the GTX 1080 Ti, and especially the overclocked MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X 11G really stretched their legs. Impressive to finally see some contrast in benchmarks with the Fury X taking some last swings before the Radeon RX Vega launches in a couple of months.


Right towards the end of this article, I began testing the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition, which I've successfully clocked to 12Gbps. The performance increase from the overclocked VRAM is really noticed at 4K, 5K, and 8K. I'll have some results up from that soon. Until then, Super Position has found a new home here at TweakTown - so expect some more time spent with this, and a look at the VR benchmark and more in the near future.

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