AMD Radeon VII Review: Performance Benchmarks With 7nm Vega

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AMD Radeon VII: 3DMark Time Spy And Fire Strike

3DMark Time Spy is a synthetic DirectX 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 multithreading. 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 visual potential of graphics cards and other system resources driven by close-to-the-metal, low-overhead APIs.

3DMark Time Spy
Direct X 12 Performance

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3DMark Time Spy

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3DMark Time Spy tells an interesting story. According to the overall score, the Radeon VII once again trails the GeForce RTX 2070. If we look at the individual results, however, the Radeon VII falls victim to the RTX 2070 in Game Test 1, but thanks to the Radeon's massive memory bandwidth advantage it jumps out to a big lead in Game Test 2.

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. GT2 emphasizes particles and GPU simulations.


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The tables turned in 3DMark Fire Strike. Here, AMD's Radeon VII jumps out into the lead and outpaces the GeForce RTX 2080. The Radeon VII's Combined score fell somewhere in between the GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080, but the Radeon was faster in Games Tests 1 and 2.


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