Ashes of the Singularity DX12 Benchmarks With AMD and NVIDIA

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Test System

Before we look at the numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.  There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we’ve always done out testing ‘hot’ since the site started back more than a decade ago. Oxide recommends 16-32GB of RAM to benchmark Ashes. If you have less than 16GB of memory, your benchmark results might be lower due to disk paging. Oxide recommends testing on at least a quad-core system, since the number of CPU cores in your system will impact the benchmark results. The Nitrous game engine is capable of using many cores – though evidence of this many not be visible unless the CPU is the bottleneck of the system. The benchmark is designed specifically to place a heavy game load on the CPU, to simulate large game situations.

Video Cards & Drivers used for testing:

  • AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2
  • NVIDIA GeForce 362.00

test system

Intel X79/LGA2011 Platform

The Intel X79 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS P9X79-E WS motherboard with BIOS 1704 that came out on 05/08/2015. We went with the Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E processor to power this platform as it is PCIe 3.0 certified, so all graphics cards are tested with PCI Express Gen 3 enabled. The Kingston HyperX 10th Anniversary 16GB 2400MHz quad channel memory kit was set to XMP Profile #2. This profile defaults to 2133MHz with 1.65v and 11-13-13-30 2T memory timings. The OCZ Vertex 460 240GB SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair AX860i digital power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up. This is critical to our testing as it lowers the ambient noise level of the room and gives us more accurate sound measurements.
Test System Settings

Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:

The Intel X79 Test Platform



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Processor Intel Core i7-4960X
16GB Kingston 2133MHz
Video Card Various
Solid-State Drive OCZ Vertex 460 240GB
Cooling Intel TS13X (Asetek)
Power Supply Corsair AX860i
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit
Monitor Sharp PN-K321 32″ 4K


Let’s move on to the Battlefield 4 benchmark results!

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  • Matthew Curry

    well looking like my 380x wasnt such a bad buy lol. crossfiring it later this month and got ashes of the singularity in a free offer with newegg. cant wait to see the benchmark.

  • Hapi hap

    cant wait to see other games with this new flavor of multi-gpu on dx12, has there been any other titles announced?

  • NMRH

    Well, if anything, the 390 its performing very nicely for its price.

  • Sean Easterling

    But how is the mult-gpu scaling compared to SLI or Crossfire? Could you do 2x FuryX vs 2x 980ti multi-gpu benches?

  • shadowhedgehogz

    Considering Nvidia hasn’t enabled Async (if they even can..) the 980 Ti is doing really well, close to the Fury x.. Great news for owners of that card, though the 970 is looking pretty weak and likely the 980 won’t be much better.

    I guess the 980 Ti just has enough brute force strength to put in a good showing.

    • Diego Paolini

      they using 980ti amp extreme that is one of best 980ti factory overcloket… with reference gap its about 20-30%

      • Robdarian

        At close to the same price, no one is buying reference cards. Same as when everyone bitched about the 290x reference overheating, no one was even buying that card.

  • Deregtz

    What about integrated graphics combined with AMD or Nvidia? Iris IGP is pretty powerfull these days.

    If you test that it would be pretty interesting.
    Now its just another combine a AMD and Nvidia GPU article..

    While most people have want to know how integrated graphics will work together with a GPU.

    • Daniel Anderson

      I’m honestly curious about Intels iGPU and DX12 w/ and w/o dGPU’s.

      • Jeffrey Byers

        It’s been tested and it DID benefit. It added over 60% of it’s processing power. The better the dGPU the less noticeable the improvement is but it definitely can benefit.

        For example, if the iGPU alone got 10FPS and the dGPU alone got 50FPS then together it was 56FPS.

    • Domaldel

      From what I’ve heard it’s a bad idea to combine a low performance GPU with a high performance one in this benchmark.
      You end up with the dGPU performing worse then alone.
      However some of the AMD APUs apparently manages to improve the performance with a low/mid end dGPU (with dx12)

      (There was an article about that stuff somewhere)

  • Coach

    Love the article. It is very interesting to see the results, especially the combo of the two brands.