Basemark GPU DX12 VS Vulkan Performance Review
Published: 29th November 2018 | Source: Basemark | Price: |
It's not often that we see a new benchmarking utility stroll into town, daring us to bust out some hardware and crunch a lot of numbers. This week, Basemark's Basemark GPU 1.1 benchmark has landed on our doorsteps, a multi-platform, multi-API tool that can give us yet another way to look at our hardware.
One of the main draws of Basemark GPU is its support for multiple graphical APIs, shipping with support for OpenGL, OpenGL ES, DirectX 12 and Vulkan in version 1.1. In version 1.2, Apple's Metal API will also be supported, allowing Basemark GPU to run on iOS and MacOS devices. This utility will allow us to see how much of an impact modern APIs can have on our hardware, though today our testing will be limited to OpenGL, DirectX 12 and Vulkan on our Windows 10 test system. We have no plans to test this benchmarking tool on Linux or Android operating systems.
Basemark GPU is designed with Windows, Android and Linux support in mind, with MacOS/iOS support planned for a later version. As a PC-centric website, we will be using a Windows 10-based test system, the most popular OS amongst gamers today.
OpenGL VS Vulkan
A lot of our testing will be a showdown between the Vulkan, OpenGL and DirectX 12 APIs using Basemark GPU's High graphical setting and various resolutions within the benchmark, giving us a clear indication how much performance the newer graphical APIs can bring to the table.
We will also be comparing gaming hardware from both AMD and Nvidia on each graphical API, allowing us to see which GPU brand this benchmarking tool favours.
Game Test Rig
Intel i7 6850K @4.0 GHz
ASUS X99 Strix
Corsair Vengeance LP 4x8GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair H110i GT
Windows 10 x64 "October 2018 Update"
No benchmark test would be complete without a selection of GPUs, which in this case covers Nvidia's GTX 10-series and AMD's RX Vega and RX 500 series graphics cards. We have replaced our RX 480 GPU with its RX 580 equivalent, giving us a fairer comparison point between AMD/Nvidia's modern graphics card lineups.
Geforce GTX 10-series
- Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition
- Nvidia GTX 1070 Founders Edition
- ASUS GTX 1060 Strix Gaming OC
AMD RX Vega Series
- AMD RX Vega 56
AMD RX 500 Series
- AMD RX 580 Strix OC
This is where things start to get a little tricky. While using Nvidia GPUs, we found that the benchmark ran flawlessly when utilising the company's latest Geforce 417.01 WHQL drivers, on the AMD side we made use of the company's 18.11.2 drivers.
Thankfully, Basemark GPU has addressed their incompatibility issues with specific AMD Radeon drivers since the release of Basemark GPU 1.0.