Basemark GPU Performance Review

1080p Testing - AMD VS Nvidia - Vulkan VS OpenGL

Basemark GPU Performance Review

1080p Testing

Be default Basemark GPU only offers PC users the ability to run the benchmark's standard test at 4K High settings using either the Vulkan API or OpenGL API. Further options are only available when we look at the benchmarks custom mode, which allows us to select lower resolutions and the tool's mobile-oriented medium preset. 

1080p Medium

To start off we made things easy, lowering the resolution from 4K to 1080p, a 4x decrease in pixel count, while also reducing the benchmark's detail settings to Medium. This change significantly reduced the GPU load on the system, making things a little bit more CPU or software limited. 

Looking at every test at these settings, we can see that the Vulkan API offers a significant performance increase in all instances, especially on Radeon hardware, showcasing the potential benefits of a modern API. It seems clear the benchmark is CPU limited when using OpenGL, with Vulkan allowing our test system to better access the performance potential of our test hardware. 

The almost highly similar OpenGL test results on our RX Vega 56/RX 580 and our GTX 1080/GTX 1070 setups seem to showcase some kind of system bottleneck.  

Basemark GPU Performance Review

1080p High

At high settings, the benchmark's visuals are taken up a notch, though we can continue to see that our OpenGL results for our RX Vega 56 and RX 580 are pretty much identical, again revealing some kind of system bottleneck. Vulkan maintains its significant performance advantage over OpenGL, with Nvidia showcasing higher performance levels than their AMD counterparts in this test. 

Our ASUS GTX 1060 offers similar performance in both OpenGL and Vulkan, hinting that the game will deliver similar performance on both APIs if the system is not limited by factors outside of GPU compute. Again we can see that OpenGL scores for the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 remain almost identical. 

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Most Recent Comments

22-06-2018, 15:16:05

The lack of AMD involvement in this plus the poor performance especially in Vulkan is leading me to believe this may end up (worryingly) being a GPU version of SYSmark.Quote

22-06-2018, 15:59:17

Yep can't be taken seriously if they worked with every GPU maker in the world except one of the top dogs.

Although what can't be in doubt is just how bad AMD has always been in OpenGL. So no surprise there.Quote

23-06-2018, 00:14:11

There we go. One more sabotage by Nvidia.
I own a laptop with nvidia gpus and intel cpu but I will never buy again these brands. I am tired of seeing the bad influence of these 2 companies.
It is a joke to see vega 56 far behind the gtx 1070, using Vulkan.
Who can trust this crapy benchmark after seeing doom or wolfenstein 2 running with vega
So Nvidia/intel.... without me next time.Quote

23-06-2018, 02:36:27


25-06-2018, 05:50:51

Just WOW... could they be more pro nVidia. Uninstalled and forgotten.Quote

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