EVGA GTX 1070 SC FPS Benchmarks – Dx12, Vulkan vs. Dx11
This page explores performance using the new DirectX 12 and Khronos Group Vulkan APIs, leveraging a few game/benchmark titles to compare metrics versus DirectX 11. Comparative testing between Dx12 and Vulkan uses only average FPS (as opposed to our OpenGL & Dx11 tests, which use AVG, 1% low, and 0.1% low frametimes). We're able to simplify charts for a more head-to-head comparison in this regard, and we then produce separate charts (see: Ashes) for frame latency differences.
Some of this data is shown as percent change or ms latency, so it is not all just straight FPS. The charts help us look at async compute performance and acceptance of new APIs.
Comparative Dx12 vs. Dx11 FPS in Ashes of Singularity – EVGA 1070 SC vs. FE
Ashes of the Singularity is still one of the best-built Dx12 games. Ashes has supported Dx12 ground-up, which means that it's more than a mere wrapper.
Ashes of Singularity serves as one of the new API benchmark games on our test platform. At 1080/high, we see similar tiering as before: The MSI 1070 is marginally ahead of the EVGA 1070 SC, which is slightly ahead of the reference card. Between the MSI 1070 and Reference card, there's a more noteworthy gap of 8.79%. The MSI GTX 1070 and EVGA GTX 1070 are separated by just 3.8%.
4K High posts similar results. The MSI card runs at 49.84FPS average in Dx12, with EVGA running at 47.75FPS average. The reference card sits at 46.27FPS average.
EVGA and MSI post effectively identical average frame latencies in Ashes, both around 19.7ms for Dx11 and 14-15ms for Dx12. Nothing exciting here, as is somewhat expected. The clock-rate increase produces the marginal gain over nVidia's reference card.
Comparative Vulkan vs. Dx11 in Talos Principle – EVGA 1070 SC vs. MSI 1070
As expected, we're seeing identical tiering as in every other test: the MSI 1070 outputs higher FPS than EVGA's 1070 (6.9% in Vulkan), and EVGA's 1070 SC is slightly faster than the FE (10.57%) at 4K. The delta values are more exaggerated in less clock-sensitive tests, shown well in the 1440p test with an 8.2% gap between the 1070 FE and 1070 Gaming X.
Overall, though, performance is effectively the same.