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Fable Legends DX12 Benchmark Stressing High End GPUs 51

Vigile writes: In preparation for the release of the free-to-play Fable Legends game on both Xbox One and PC this winter, Microsoft and Lionhead Studios released a benchmark today that allows users to test performance of their PC hardware configuration with a DirectX 12 based game engine that pushes the boundaries of render quality. Based on a modified UE4 engine, Fable Legends includes support for asynchronous compute shaders, manual resource barrier tracking and explicit memory management, all new to the DX12 API. Unlike the previous DX12 benchmark, Ashes of the Singularity, which focused mainly on high draw call counts and mass quantities of on-screen units, Fable Legends takes a more standard approach, attempting to improve image quality and shadow reproduction with the new API. PC Perspective has done some performance analysis with the new benchmark and a range of graphics cards, finding that while NVIDIA still holds the lead at the top spot (GTX 980 Ti vs Fury X), the AMD Radeon mid-range products offer better performance (and better value) than the comparable GeForce parts.
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Fable Legends DX12 Benchmark Stressing High End GPUs

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  • The Unreal Engine 4 Engine, eh?
  • wasn't DX12 supposed to help them?
    • DX12 was more about helping low-end CPUs, or let higher-end CPUs push more geometry. It doesn't do much to help GPUs.
      • by Bengie ( 1121981 )
        It does increase efficiency for certain types of common work a lot. Doing more work in the same amount of time is the same as doing the same amount of work in less time, with oblivious scaling limitations for different bottlenecks.
  • by PhrostyMcByte ( 589271 ) <> on Thursday September 24, 2015 @12:01PM (#50589945) Homepage
    Last time DX12 benchmarks were posted, NVIDIA flipped their lid --- DX12 seemed to only hurt their performance, while it gave AMD an easy 25-50% boost and let them catch up to NVIDIA's DX11 numbers. This time, no such comparison. I wonder why.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I'm sure nvidia will give companies a helping hand in "optimizing" their games for both AMD and Nvidia user.

    • I wouldn't conclude that as the cause. Changes in performance are very dependent on game design. Just because AMD got a boost in one game doesn't mean NVIDIA won't get a boost in another.

      • by Shados ( 741919 )

        This time its a bit special, and kind of similar (just a little) to the days of the 9000 series, where an implementation decision completely fucked them over once the next version of directx came out.

        The async compute shaders don't quite work as expected on their current cards. I didn't keep up so my info could be up to date, but they were going to partially fix it in software.

        I dunno if it happened or will happen and how effective it will be. But any game implementing async shaders in DX12 would tilt thing

    • by heson ( 915298 )
      Yes, but now it is rewritten to be slower on dx11.
  • by UnknownSoldier ( 67820 ) on Thursday September 24, 2015 @01:04PM (#50590445)

    This forced artificial obsolescence of DirectX12 not being available for Windows 7 (or 8, 8.1) is complete bullshit.

    I'm not downgrading to the privacy fuckfest of Windows 10 just to run a benchmark.

    • by ( 245670 ) on Thursday September 24, 2015 @01:17PM (#50590541)

      You realize all the privacy-rapist features of Win10 have been added to 7/8, right?

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by ExekielS ( 4130459 )
        you still have the option to uninstall those updates and choose updates manually in windows 7/8. Something you can't do in windows 10. So no.
        • Well how? Screen every update to make sure MS don't sneak it in? What people are doing is disabling windows update. That makes Windows 7 not better than XP in terms of obsolescence and security. And really how much can you uninstall? People are finding the Windows 10 install files downloaded despite having ticked no to the Windows 10 offer and having uninstalled the tool.

          It has become clear that you are NOT in control of your computer. That privilege is given to either Microsoft or malware authors depending

          • Well how? Screen every update to make sure MS don't sneak it in?

            Actually, the readmes for the "updates" say right on the tin what they do. You do have to tunnel down to their site to actually read the readmes, because the descriptions in windows update are bullshit, but at least it's possible without decompiling things. So yeah, this is what you have to do now. It's sad. Pathetic, I think. But it's where we are.

            Windows 7 appears to be my really for real last version of Windows... I've said it before, but I decided Windows 7 was no more odious than XP. 8, ugh. 8.1, meh.

          • by Anonymous Coward
            Fucking hell people, don't any of you have content-filtering proxy servers and/or hardware firewalls in your networks?
      • Which is why EVERY updated is blocked until I personally verify exactly what it is doing.

        If Microsoft wants to data mine my machine they can go fuck themselves.

    • by nnull ( 1148259 )
      I don't really care, I just block everything in my firewall now ever since all the android hacks. And now with this Microsoft crap, I'm all ready for it. If it's doing something I didn't approve of, it's not going through.
    • Luckly enough, it's not going to be a one-sided win for DirectX this time. Vulkan supports all versions of Windows from XP onwards and for that reason there's a lot of game studios going to use Vulkan instead of DirectX 12.
      Blizzard and EA and a few others are even Khronos members.

    • but you will be giving up the last of your XP compatibility (my bros a strat gamer and he bemoans it's lack of Space Empires 4 compatibility )
  • Fable 3 was tied to Games For Windows Live... even on Steam. GFWL is now dead. The game will no longer launch and even if I could get it to launch, as far as I know, all my DLC is gone since that had to come through GFWL even though I bought it on Steam.

    I will not purchase another lionhead studios game... and will suspect any game that requires tie ins to any Microsoft gaming service in the future.

  • Download link (Score:4, Interesting)

    by war4peace ( 1628283 ) on Thursday September 24, 2015 @05:01PM (#50592181)

    Ok, I'm stupid.
    Now that we got this out of the way...
    Where the hell can I get a download link?
    TFS doesn't have it.
    TFA doesn't have it.
    A quick search online found... nothing. Only benchmark results. Clearly I am missing something.

Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!