– After an eventful year, BitcoinMinersHashrate has updated the test course for graphics cards. It relies on the latest drivers and many new games and underscores what has emerged recently: the future belongs to Turing and Navi. Pascal and Vega are having an increasingly difficult time.
The year 2019 was undoubtedly very eventful for graphics cards for gamers, last week we reported on a new product with the Radeon RX 5500 XT (test). This test, as well as the previously published GeForce GTX 1650 Super (test), was carried out with an interim test course because the large version was already being revised. New drivers and games, as well as the current major version of Windows 10, should be taken into account at the end of 2019. The old course was now one year old.
Even if not all graphics cards that should be taken into account in the future have already been chased through the new course, there are already so many models from all relevant generations (Pascal, Turing, Polaris, Vega and Navi) before Christmas 2019 At this point, a first overview of the results should be given. The editorial team also highlights the main differences between the old and the new course. This affects both the test track as such and the results that the graphics cards deliver.
The new test course
The table below compares the titles contained in the old and new test courses. Nine games used so far have been deleted, ten have been added and six remain.
There is one comment to make about Red Dead Redemption 2 (test): The details selected require more than 4 GB of graphics memory and can therefore not be set on a GeForce GTX 1650 (Super) – “RDR2” is strict here. The value entered for this graphics card in this game is therefore not based on a run that was actually carried out, but was derived by the editorial team from still executable settings. Without a value in this game, an illustration of the graphics card in the performance rating would not be possible.
Planet Zoo and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (Test) also use a different benchmark sequence than the published technology tests, which is less demanding overall, but focuses more on the GPU and less on the CPU ,
The best API for the respective GPU is always used in all games. This means that DX11 can also compete against DX12 in one game, depending on what runs best on which GPU. This is currently the case in Anno 1800 and Battlefield V. None of the four RTX games in the course (Battlefield V, Control, Metro: Exodus, Shadow of the Tomb Raider) is tested with activated ray tracing. The editorial team will publish details of the test sequences and settings in the new year.
The new old test system
No adjustments were made to the test system, which continues to rely on the well-known Core i9-9900K. Because the mainboard, the memory and even the power supply were taken over unchanged, the previous measurements for the volume of the graphics cards could be retained, which saved a few working days.
With Windows 10 version 1909
The software was updated. Windows 10 was reinstalled in version 1909 (formerly 1903) and the graphics card drivers are also up to date with Adrenalin 19.12.2 and GeForce 441.41. The performance is now measured with CapFrameX.
The performance differences
Other and above all more modern games as well as the latest drivers do not miss their effect in the test course. Even in Full HD, Navi shows in the form of the Radeon RX 5700 XT in the FPS, but especially in the frame times a leap over the graphics core next GPUs Polaris (RX 590) and Vega (RX Vega 64): 11 percent better frame times are more than a clear change. Compared to Nvidia’s Turing architecture, Navi, on the other hand, has to give up slightly, two or three percent worse, the new architecture from AMD compared to that of Nvidia.
There is no clear trend in Full HD Pascal compared to Turing, the FPS are slightly worse, but the frame times are slightly better. Graphics Core Next in the form of Vega also loses to Pascal.
In WQHD, the navigation system’s significant performance gain compared to Vega remains, while the relationship between navigation system and Turing has remained approximately the same. The advantage of Turing compared to Pascal is clearly visible among the increased requirements. The GeForce RTX 2060 Super can extend its lead over the GeForce GTX 1080 by six percentage points in both FPS and frame times. The biggest loser, however, is also in WQHD Vega or Graphics Core Next.
In Ultra HD, only the comparison between Vega, Navi and Turing is possible on the basis of the tested graphics cards and surprisingly little has happened in the absolute GPU limit.
In total, however, the three resolutions can be stated: AMD Graphics Core Next in the form of Polaris and Vega has to be the most clear in the new games with new drivers compared to Navi, Pascal and Turing. Pascal also loses against Turing and Navi, but not so clearly. Between Turing and Navi it is again close, only in Full HD Navi is slightly at a disadvantage.
Overall, the performance of the various GPU architectures compared to the new to the old test course is in line with the findings from many game technology tests in recent months.