Radeon RX Vega 64 And RX Vega 56 Review: AMD Back In High-End Graphics

AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 And 56 3DMark Time Spy And Fire Strike Benchmarks

3DMark Time Spy is a relatively new DirectX synthetic benchmark test from Futuremark. It features a DirectX 12 engine, built from the ground up, to support bleeding-edge features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading. Time Spy is designed to test the DirectX 12 performance of the latest graphics cards using a variety of techniques and varied visual sequences. This benchmark was developed with input from AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and the other members of the Futuremark Benchmark Development Program, to showcase the performance and visuals potential of close-to-the-metal, low-overhead APIs like DirectX 12.

3DMark Time Spy
Direct X 12 Performance
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3DMark Time Spy

3DMark Time Spy Scores

3DMark Time Spy FPS

The Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56 show AMD's edge over NVIDIA when it comes to DirectX 12 performance. Here, Radeon RX Vega 64 is 3 to 10 percent faster than a GeForce GTX 1080 and Radeon RX Vega 56 is 10 - 15 percent faster than a GTX 1070. 

Futuremark 3DMark Fire Strike
Synthetic DirectX Gaming
3DMark Fire Strike has multiple benchmark modes: Normal mode runs at 1920x1080, Extreme mode targets 2560x1440, and Ultra mode runs at a 4K resolution. GPU target frame buffer utilization for normal mode is 1GB and the benchmark uses tessellation, ambient occlusion, volume illumination, and a medium-quality depth of field filter. The more taxing Extreme mode targets 1.5GB of frame buffer memory and increases detail levels across the board. Ultra mode is explicitly designed for high-end and CrossFire / SLI systems and cranks up the quality even further. GT 1 focuses on geometry and illumination, with over 100 shadow casting spot lights, 140 non-shadow casting point lights, and 3.9 million vertices calculated for tessellation per frame. And 80 million pixels are processed per frame. GT2 emphasizes particles and GPU simulations.

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3DMark Fire Strike Score

3DMark Fire Strike FPS

Fire Strike Ultra paints a similar picture with its DX11 workload, and actually shows AMD's Radeon RX Vega cards ahead consistently ahead by 10 percent or more. It's also interesting to note how much faster they appear versus the previous generation Fiji-based Radeon R9 Fury X, which brings up the rear at the bottom of the heap. 

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