VRMARK GPU Performance Review
Published: 3rd November 2016 | Source: Futuremark | Price: |
VR is very different from standard gaming and as such requires a different kind of performance testing. Until now there have been no true VR benchmarks, making rating GPUs for VR a difficult process.
Right now all most PC gamers have to go on is the PC system requirements for VR, though that is far from a true performance comparison. Now Futuremark, the creators of 3DMARK and PCMARK have created their first VR ready benchmark suite, which is fittingly called VRMARK, to allow PC gamers to rate their hardware for the world of VR gaming.
This program does not require an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive headset to run, allowing non-VR PC gamers to test the suitability of their systems and allow benchmarkers to test the limits of their hardware with an all new performance rating toolset.
For this game, we will be using the newest drivers that were available when the game released, which is Nvidia's Game Ready Geforce 375.76 driver and AMD's 16.10.3 driver, both of which are the most recent GPU drivers for either company.
We will be testing this game on our dedicated GPU test rig using both high-end and mid-range GPUs from both AMD and Nvidia.
Game Test Rig
Intel i7 6850K
ASUS X99 Strix
G.Skill Ripjaws 4x4GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair H110i GT
Windows 10 x64
For the high-end, we will be testing AMD's R9 Fury X, the GTX 980Ti and Nvidia's new GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 GPUs.
For the Mid-range offerings, we will be testing the new RX 480 and GTX 1060, both of which will be the ASUS Strix Gaming models.
To represent AMD and Nvidia's lower-end GPU offerings we have decided to use the AMD R9 380 and the Nvidia GTX 960. Both of these GPUs will be the ASUS Strix models.
Both of these GPUs offer very similar performance in most scenarios and come in at very similar price points, so it will be very interesting to see which GPU will come out on top.