Futuremark has announced the availability of the newest benchmarking tool that comes along with the ever so popular 3DMark benchmarking software. The new benchmark is called Time Spy, and its main purpose is to test the compatibility of graphics cards with DirectX 12 graphics.
Prior to Time Spy, the 3DMark benchmarking utility mainly focused on DirectX 11 performance based on tests such as: Fire Strike, Sky Diver, Ice Storm and Cloud Gate. This time round, users will be able to test their graphics cards with a benchmark (Time Spy) that’s made using a “pure DirectX 12 engine”. This means that the Time Spy benchmark is able to test key DirectX 12 features such as Asynchronous Compute, Multi-threading, and Explicit Multi-adapter.
“A comparison between Time Spy and Fire Strike benchmarks”
According to Futuremark, it has worked together with several members of its Benchmark Development Program to create the Time Spy benchmark. Notable companies that worked alongside Futuremark to create Time Spy include: AMD, Intel, Microsoft, and Nvidia.
Based on early benchmark results, Nvidia’s GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 graphics cards came out on top of the Time Spy performance charts. This is followed closely by AMD’s R9 Fury X graphics card and the GTX Titan X. Interestingly, AMD’s Radeon RX 480 seems to be performing on-par with the GTX 980 (reference) in the Time Spy test, which comes as a bit of a surprise.
Futuremark’s DirectX 12 Time Spy test has already been made available with the latest version of the 3DMark benchmarking utility. More information can be found on 3DMark’s official website.