DirectX 11 Test with Unigine’s Heaven Benchmark

DirectX 11 Test with Unigine's Heaven Benchmark

Very simple – I’ve decide to do some DirectX 11 benchmark of my own. 😀

Unigine’s DirectX 11 Engine

Unigine Corp. today announced release of the first DirectX 11 benchmark “Heaven” that is based on its proprietary Unigineâ„¢ engine. The company has already made a name among the overclockers and gaming enthusiasts for uncovering the realm of true GPU capabilities with previously released “Sanctuary” and “Tropics” demos. Their benchmarking capabilities are coupled with striking visual integrity of the refined graphic art.


Test Setup

The computer setup used.

Processor AMD Athlon II X2 250
RAM OCZ 1066mhz 4GB Dual-Channel Kit
Motherboard MSI 770-C45
Cooler Stock heatsink
Graphic Card PowerColor Radeon HD5770
Monitor 20″ Dell Ultra-sharp Wide-screen LCD
Power Supply Gigabyte Odin GT 550w
Operating System Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit
Driver Version ATi Catalyst 9.10


Here’s the comparison, between DX10, DX11 and DX11 with tessellation enabled. First table for 4xAA 4xAF. Tests were done at 1680 x 1050 resolution.

HD5770 Setting Average Score
DirectX 10 23.7 597
DirectX 11 24.2 611
DirectX 11 with tessellation 16.4 414

Second table for 0xAA 4xAF.

HD5770 Setting Average Score
DirectX 10 32 806
DirectX 11 33.2 837
DirectX 11 with tessellation 21.4 540


From what we can see here is that the new DirectX 11 actually has performance improvements instead of being more resource demanding.

I believe things could only get better, games with DirectX 11 support could have more eye-candy without taking a performance hit, which is pretty much how it was for the past many generations of new DirectX releases. This also means cards like HD5770 would have the performance gap between cards like the HD4890.

Bear in mind that DirectX 11 is still at its infancy as of now and Heaven is probably the only engine that actually utilizes it. 🙂 Feel free to download it and try it yourself. I only wish I have a bigger monitor or a faster HD5xxx series card to do more tests.

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  1. Is it possible to use games that utilize directx 11 for benchmarking? Dirt 2 for example.

  2. I think there’s another dx11 benchmark too. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. : Call of something.

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    @endusr3 – of course! but i don’t have that game, and i prefer to use games with in-game benchmark for consistency. that said, I just got Dirt2 and will be testing it. 😀

    @ray – yeah, Call of Pripiat or whatever that town or city in STALKER was, I saw the name but when I was searching around I see Unigine being highlighted the most.

  4. My 8600GT had 20-25fps in the test on 1024*768, 10-15fps on 1680*1050 ><

  5. I think will need to wait for other games to conclude d result…hehe
    anyway nice info to share GF…

  6. @goldfries – You bought Dirt 2 just for the sake of benchmarking? So rich lor… Other malaysian tech bloggers should be like you. 😛
    .-= endusr3´s last blog ..Blogging vs Ethics =-.

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