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DX11: Unigine Heaven 3.0

The Unigine Heaven benchmark is a free publicly available tool that grants the power to unleash the graphics capabilities in DirectX-11 for Windows 7 or updated Vista Operating Systems. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. With the interactive mode, emerging experience of exploring the intricate world is within reach. Through its advanced renderer, Unigine is one of the first to set precedence in showcasing the art assets with tessellation, bringing compelling visual finesse, utilizing the technology to the full extend and exhibiting the possibilities of enriching 3D gaming.

The distinguishing feature in the Unigine Heaven benchmark is a hardware tessellation that is a scalable technology aimed for automatic subdivision of polygons into smaller and finer pieces, so that developers can gain a more detailed look of their games almost free of charge in terms of performance. Thanks to this procedure, the elaboration of the rendered image finally approaches the boundary of veridical visual perception: the virtual reality transcends conjured by your hand.

Since only DX11-compliant video cards will properly test on the Heaven benchmark, only those products that meet the requirements have been included.

  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark 3.0
    • Settings: DirectX 11, High Quality, Extreme Tessellation, 16x AF, 4x AA

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Heaven Benchmark Test Results

Graphics Card GeForce GTX580 Radeon HD7950 GeForce GTX680 Radeon HD7970 GeForce GTX780 Radeon R9 290 GeForce GTX780Ti Radeon R9 290X GeForce GTX980
GPU Cores 512 1792 1536 2048 2304 2560 2880 2816 2048
Core Clock (MHz) 772 850 1006 925 863 947 876 1000 1126
Shader Clock (MHz) 1544 N/A 1058 Boost N/A Boost 902 N/A Boost 928 N/A Boost 1216
Memory Clock (MHz) 1002 1250 1502 1375 1502 1250 1750 1250 1750
Memory Amount 1536MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 4096MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 4096MB GDDR5 4096MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 384-bit 384-bit 256-bit 384-bit 384-bit 512-bit 384-bit 512-bit 256-bit


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3 comments

  1. Argos

    Thanks for this review. I am glad I waited a bit longer with building my new system. This card seems beyond belief. Every time I think it can’t get any better and then this monster card appears.

  2. Caring1

    I hardly think it “crushed” the R9 290X, however it did thrash the GTX 680, so it makes sense to upgrade if you have an older Nvidia card.

  3. Chris

    It isn’t that much faster than the 780TI. The big attraction is that the power consumption is much lower (more OC headroom) and the lower price.

    I think it may be worth waiting to see what AMD has to offer this generation and for “Big Maxwell” to arrive.

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