First DirectX 12 Benchmark: AMD R9 390X Performs Much Better Than NVIDIA GTX 980
Today, we finally get a look at the first real world gaming benchmark that utilized DirectX 12. The folks over at PC Perspective have conducted Ashes of the Singularity benchmark testing, showing what a real implementation of DX12 looks like.
The testers decided to compare the latest AMD Radeon R9 390X graphics card against the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 with the benchmark, and from the preliminary data, it looks like the AMD card could benefit more from the latest API than Nvidia GeForce card.
When using the DirectX 11 renderer, the Radeon R9 390X was able to score significantly lower fps compared to the GeForce GTX 980. But, with the switch to DX12, the AMD card shows massive performance gains and manages to score as high as the NVIDIA card.
In addition, the benchmark results also reveal that the AMD card performs much better when using CPUs with higher number of cores. Implementing CPUs with a lower core count results in significant drop in performance.
Regarding Ashes of the Singularity, it’s relatively a new benchmark which according to its developer’s site “is a real-time strategy game set in the far future that redefines the possibilities of RTS with the unbelievable scale provided by Oxide Games’ groundbreaking Nitrous engine.”
However, NVIDIA recently released a statement claiming that Ashes of the Singularity, in its current form, is not a good DX12 benchmark to assess the performance of the new API.
Well, we can only speculate at the moment. Ashes of the Singularity is clearly in its early stages of development, and even the drivers may not be perfectly tuned yet. Hopefully, things will become a bit clearer as we see more DirectX 12 tests in the near future.