3DMark Time Spy just recently came out and it is the latest and greatest DirectX 12 benchmark test for gaming PCs running Windows 10. This DirectX 12 Feature Level 11_0 benchmark utilizes a pure DirectX 12 game engine that supports features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading! The developers opted to use DirectX 12 Feature Level 11_0 to ensuring wide compatibility with DirectX 11 hardware through DirectX 12 drivers.
With DirectX 12 on Windows 10, game developers can significantly improve the multi-thread scaling and hardware utilization of their titles to draw more objects, textures and effects for your viewing enjoyment. 3DMark Fire Strike is a great high-end DirectX 11 benchmark test, but doesn’t really show off what new graphics cards can do on a DirectX 12 game title that will have much more going on while you are playing.
We ran 3DMark Time Spy with the standard settings and then with async compute disabled and got the following results:
Here in another DX12 benchmark we see the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB performing just slightly better than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB FE graphics card, but the EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 SC beating both. It looks like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 is a killer DX11 graphics card, but on DX12 titles it is comparable to a Radeon RX 480 8GB.
Where things actually start to get interesting is when you look at the GPU score and test with Async Compute enabled and disabled.
With Async Compute disabled you can see the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB FE is significantly faster than the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB.