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On July 14, Futuremark pulled the covers off of “Time Spy,” a major update to the 3DMark® benchmark suite. Time Spy was built “from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains” of DirectX® 12. The results were fast and decisive: Radeon™ graphics cards up and down our portfolio cruised to victory in their competitive matchups, just as many gamers have come to expect of benchmarks based on next-gen graphics APIs like DX12!

A Little More on Time Spy

3DMark Time Spy is split into three sub-tests designed evaluate a system’s ability to chew through large graphics workloads, emphasizing the GPU during testing and scoring. Compared to the DX11-based 3DMark Fire Strike test from 2013, Time Spy’s workloads are huge. For example: Fire Strike test 1 averages 1.5 million graphics-enhancing programs (“compute shaders”) per frame. In contrast, Time Spy’s test 1 calls for a whopping 70 million compute shaders (46.6X greater). Altogether, Time Spy’s graphics workloads average 11.9X that of Fire Strike. That such increases don’t produce single-digit framerates convincingly validates DX12’s ability to open the floodgates on the parallelism of modern CPUs and GPUs.

The DX12 Time Spy test features workloads that are 10-20X larger than the DX11 Fire Strike test. Image courtesy Futuremark 3DMark Time Spy technical guide.The DX12 Time Spy test features workloads that are 11.9X larger per frame (avg.) than the DX11-based Fire Strike test from 2013. Image courtesy Futuremark 3DMark Time Spy technical guide.

Time Spy also includes support for exciting GPU-boosting features like asynchronous compute, and explicit multi-adapter. These features are the vanguard of advanced DirectX 12 engines, and we know that gamers are increasingly looking for these features to make the most of their gaming PCs.

The 3DMark Time Spy Results Are In

From top to bottom, Radeon™ graphics cards consistently outperform competing products in 3DMark Time Spy. Dual Radeon RX 480 boasts 1.8X scaling, too!1

The results from our own performance labs (shown above) reinforce the notion that Radeon graphics cards are a premiere platform for DirectX 12 content. But you don’t have to take our word for it, either, as media around the web came to the same conclusion:

  • “First impressions: The power of the dedicated async shader hardware inside Radeon graphics cards shines in this test.” —PCWorld
  • “The Radeon R9 380X uses AMD’s Tonga GPU and saw a very nice 10.6% performance gain by having Async Compute enabled! The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X with the Fiji GPU and the AMD Radeon RX 480 with the Polaris GPU both saw over 12% performance gains when Async Compute was turned on.” —LegitReviews
  • “[…] Radeon hardware dominates Nvidia’s GeForce cards in this DirectX 12-focused test, lending yet more credence to the idea that AMD’s cards have an advantage in next-generation graphics technologies.” —PCWorld

3DMark Time Spy is now available for all editions of 3DMark (2013), including the Basic Edition that’s free for personal use. Ready to put your Radeon through its paces? You can download Time spy on Futuremark’s site, or by clicking the “Download Demo” button on 3DMark’s Steam™ page.

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  1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs as of July 12th, 2016 on a test system comprising Intel i7 5960X CPU, 16GB DDR4-2666 Mhz system memory, Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver 16.7.1 or Nvidia GeForce 368.69 and Windows 10 x64 using Futuremark's 3DMark Time Spy benchmark on the 1440p standard preset. PC manufacturers may vary configurations, yielding different results. Performance may vary based on use of latest drivers. Test results are not average and may vary.
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