3DMark and Unigine Heaven

Now that we have taken a look at our gaming tests using our Frame Rating metrics and testing methods, we are including a set of tests from more standard benchmarks like Unigine Heaven and the new 3DMark benchmark. 

I consider these tests to be somewhat of a "best case" for all the cards in our comparison.  We aren't using our frame capture system, we aren't measuring frame latency, nothing like that; I think this should give you an idea of graphics performance if each vendor had the best result for each game.

In both Fire Strike Extreme and Fire Strike Ultra, the GTX 1060 is outperforming the Radeon RX 480 by 12% and 9.5%, respectively. Performance does rest slightly behind that of the GTX 980 (by about 5%) but for a $249 product, GP106 is impressive.

I recently wrote about the new 3DMark Time Spy test last week, the first to integrate DX12 and Asynchronous Compute, from Futuremark. In this case, the RX 480 is much more competitive, coming within 2.5% of the GTX 1060. We also see the GTX 980 and GTX 1060 swap places – the GP106 is now a slight 1.2% ahead. 

In Unigine Heaven, the GTX 1060 and the GTX 980 are basically producing identical performance results and we find the GTX 1060 is 21% faster than the RX 480.

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