The first DirectX12 benchmark – “Ashes of the Singularity” was released recently and from the preliminary data, it looks like AMD graphics cards are going to benefit more from the latest API than NVIDIA GeForce cards.
PC Perspective decided to compare the latest AMD Radeon R9 390X graphics card against the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 with the benchmark and found that the AMD card could perform much better under DirectX12. When using the DirectX11 renderer, the AMD Radeon R9 390X manages to score significantly lower fps compared to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980. However, under DirectX12, the AMD card manages to score as high as the NVIDIA card, registering a massive leap in performance. In comparison, the NVIDIA card doesn’t show as impressive gains with the switch to DX12.
The extensive benchmark results published by the website also reveal that the AMD card benefits from CPUs with higher number of cores. When using CPUs with a lower core count, the performance gain is found to be lower.