Page 3 : Benchmarking Notes, 3DMark Benchmark Results
Our graphics benchmarking test bed has the following specifications :
We used the GeForce driver version 372.54 for all three NVIDIA graphics cards used in our tests.
We used the Radeon Software 16.8.2 driver for both AMD graphics cards used in our tests. In addition, we enabled the Compatibility Mode for the Radeon RX 480 to ensure that it keeps to its rated 150 W TDP.
3DMark DirectX 12 Benchmark (2560 x 1440)
3DMark Time Spy is a new DirectX 12 benchmark that was released just days ago, just in time for this review. It supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition did very well in this DirectX 12 benchmark. It was 33% to 40% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 and Radeon RX 480 graphics cards. Amazingly, it was 15% to 18% faster than the previous generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti, which is a higher-end card!
3DMark (1920 x 1080)
For Direct 11 performance, we started testing the graphics cards using 3DMark at the most common gaming resolution – 1920 x 1080.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition only had a slim 4%-5% performance advantage over the previous generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti. This shows that the NVIDIA Pascal microarchitecture is more optimised for DirectX 12, than the Maxwell microarchitecture.
3DMark (2560 x 1440)
Then we took 3DMark up a notch to the resolution of 2560 x 1440. Let’s take a look!
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition maintained its slim 3%-5% performance advantage over the previous generation GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Its performance advantage over the GeForce GTX 1060 dropped to 34% to 39%, but improved over the Radeon RX 480 to a range of 51% to 64%.
3DMark (3840 x 2160)
This is torture, even for the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and the GeForce GTX 1070!
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition actually improved its performance advantage over the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, probably because it has 8 GB of GDDR5 memory, instead of just 6 GB. It was now 38% to 40% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060, and 56% to 68% faster than the Radeon RX 480.
Note that the Radeon RX 480 also has 8 GB of GDDR5 memory. So it takes more than just more memory to power through a Ultra HD game.
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