Test 5: Ashes of the Singularity
Ashes of the Singularity, running on Oxide’s custom Nitrous engine, was an early standard-bearer for DirectX 12. Many months later it’s still the premier game for seeing what next-gen graphics technologies have to offer. (It’s a fun real-time strategy game, too!) The performance gains it offers with DX12 over DX11 are eye-opening—especially when running on Radeon cards.
The EVGA GTX 1060 3GB Gaming’s average frame rate drops when you activate DirectX 12, especially at the high-end Crazy graphics preset (and likely because of its limited memory). Conversely, the average frame rate for Radeon cards skyrockets—though its DX11 results are downright poor at best.
That said, when you look solely at the peak performance for comparable cards—DX11 for the GTX 1060 3GB, and DX12 for the Radeon RX 470—then the GeForce offerings actually come out very slightly ahead, in a way you’d never be able to actually see on-screen.
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