Tuesday, April 11, 2017

SUPERPOSITION Benchmark - NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founders Edition

Unigine released a new graphics benchmark test based on the Unigine 2 graphics engine. The Superposition benchmark evaluates your GPU's physically based rendering performance on displays up to 8K, as well as VR headsets. This benchmark can be effectively used to determine the stability of PC hardware under extremely stressful conditions, as well as check the cooling system's potential under maximum heat output. Unigine allows you to run the benchmark in several performance modes ranging from Low Quality upwards to Ultra, Extreme and even more complex settings. Also a custom benchmark run can be created with a limited number of settings and resolutions. Unigine is compatible with the DirectX 11 and/or OpenGL 4.5 APIs.

The Unigine Superposition Benchmark comes in three different editions: The Basic edition is free for personal use and it allows you to define custom settings, monitor your GPU, and play with the interactive demo. The Advanced edition give you access to the leaderboards, the VR experience, and the looped stress test. The advanced version is for overclockers and VR users. The Professional Edition for commercial use, includes everything the advanced version does and adds advanced features such as command line automation, exportable reports, per-frame deep analysis, and technical support. 

You can download the free version of the Superposition benchmark from the Unigine website, but If you want the Advanced (VR) or Pro version, you must purchase it from the website and upgrade the software.

Engine feature:

  •     Top-notch visuals powered by UNIGINE 2 Engine
  •     Global leaderboards for benchmark scores
  •     Stress load for the GPU heating system
  •     Scalable quality settings
  •     VR mode (Oculus Rift and HTC Vive)
  •     Free interactive mode with mini-games
  •     Support for Windows and Linux

Performance Test:

The Superposition test runs through 17 scenes and measures performance for each one. At the end of the test, it spits out a results page with minimum, average, and maximum FPS numbers; minimum and maximum GPU temperatures; and maximum GPU usages. You also get an overall score, which you can compare online against other people’s scores. The performance benchmark page lets you select from several presets, including 720p low; 1080p medium, high, and extreme; 4K optimized; and 8K optimized. You can also define custom parameters, including resolution, texture quality, and shader quality.

VR Ready Test:

Unigine also included a test that evaluates your PC’s VR performance. The "VR Ready?" test features configurations for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets, as well as multiple graphics quality presets. When you select HTC Vive from the VR Headset drop-down menu, the software sets the resolution output to 1512 x 1680. When you select Oculus Rift from the list, the resolution preset is 1332 x 1586. The benchmark also has an option to configure a custom resolution to test for theoretical performance on future headsets. 

Stress Test:

The advanced version of the Superposition benchmark also includes a stress test option, which lets you run the benchmark in a loop for a specified amount of time. The stress test doesn’t include the preset configurations from the performance tests, but you can define the resolution, including ultrawide displays, texture quality, graphics API, as well as whether the test runs in fullscreen, windowed, or in a borderless window. 

Game Mode:

The Unigine Superposition benchmark also includes a game mode, which puts you into the lab environment from the performance test and lets you interact with many of the highly-detailed objects in the room. The advanced version of the benchmark also includes a VR version of the game that lets you visit the virtual environment first hand. 

Personal Results:

It's worth to mention that I ran the tests on several occasions, including a Windows 7 operative system optimization (turned off resident applications, disabling Windows Aero and connecting a single monitor), and despite the fact that there is a considerable difference between the performance of DirectX on Windows 7 compared to Windows 10, it could confirmed major differences in better results.

UNIGINE Superposition Benchmark - NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founders Edition 
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founders Edition
Specs: Performance - 1080p Medium
Graphics API: DirectX

UNIGINE Superposition Benchmark - NVIDIA GTX 1080 - HTC Vive:
GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1080 Founders Edition
VR Headset: HTC Vive
Preset: VR Maximum
Graphics API: DirectX
Eye Resolution: 1512x1680
Shaders Quality: VR Maximum
Textures Quality: Medium

I made the video recording of the cameras animation sequence (cinematics) in order to confirm the assets development and visualize the polygons amount in the scene. In the following video you can see the topology of the 3D models developed by UNIGINE, as well as confirm the visualization sequence of each shot made by the SUPERPOSITION benchmark.

This video is a demonstration and irrefutable proof of a correct and proper development for Real-time Visualization and Virtual Reality that every developer should see.

March 2016

Marco Romero 3D Design Studio

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