Vulkan API Performance Review - The Talos Principle

4K Testing with AMD R9 Fury X and Nvidia GTX 980Ti

Vulkan Performance Overview - The Talos Principle

Game Settings and 4K Testing


One key thing that must be remembered here we are testing a Beta release of The Talos Principle and are using Beta drivers from both AMD and Nvidia, so results from here will not be representative of all titles, but it gives us a great look at what to expect when compared to OpenGL, the Khronos Group's old graphics API.


Game Settings 

The game will be run at Ultra settings, with a resolution of 3840x2160 for both the screen resolution and the Max 3D rendering MPIX. We will be playing the game with no AA options enabled. 


4K Results

Moving to 4K we see that AMD is the performance leader in all of the graphical APIs, with Nvidia trailing behind by a mere 5FPS in all of the different APIs. 

Moving from OpenGL to Vulkan at 4K gives us around 10% more performance, which is pretty good for a game with Beta support fro the API and with beta drivers from AMD and Nvidia. 

While the performance of Vulkan is not as high as DirectX 11, it is a major leap when compared to OpenGL, so games using Vulkan is expected to be very helpful for games on OSX and Linux. We must also remember that DirectX 11 is the default option and that we are using a beta implementation of Vulkan, so a great deal of improvement could still be made to the Vulkan version and the DirectX 11 version has no doubt had more work put into it. 

Vulkan Performance Overview - The Talos Principle


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Most Recent Comments

17-02-2016, 13:36:07

Give Vulkan more time and it'll probably at some point compete with DX11 or surpass it. Although this does bode very well for Linux users and SteamOS.Quote

17-02-2016, 20:16:03

Thats some nice figures from AMD.Quote

17-02-2016, 22:35:13

Originally Posted by Kushiro View Post
Thats some nice figures from AMD.
Ya it is kinda the same story isn't it? The higher the resolution gets the better AMD do compared to Nvidia and the gap's from 1080p get much shorter or switch into AMDs favor. Guess that's down to architecture since it's the same story with 3 different APIs(DX11/12, Vulkan)Quote

17-02-2016, 22:44:25

TBH the 980ti is still better than the Fury X even at 4k. Thanks to certain devs. THen again it is only the rare game.

Would have thought it may have had something to do with HBM for the extra performance at higher res along with some more refined drivers from AMD.

384 seems a bit meh especially for 6GB. I guess its better than 256 for the 4GB.

Kind of funny really. Just like how the 7970 came such a long way thanks to more mature drivers. Just look at where the 290x can get you now.Quote

19-02-2016, 17:39:24

If I could game on Linux, I would GLADY ditch Windows FOREVER. God that is a nice dream.Quote

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