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Unigine Heaven 4.0 Tested - 25 GPU, CPU and Memory Scaling

Published by Christian Ney on 21.02.13 (22179 reads)
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UNIGINE Corp. has released a new, enhanced version of their GPU intensive benchmark, Heaven 4.0. Previous versions gained massive popularity among overclockers, hardware manufacturers and press as unlike 3DMark from FutureMark, Heaven is free and 100 % GPU dependent. This new version brings new features that make this benchmark even more complete and interesting. Here we are going to see what's new and we also benched Heaven 4.0 with a "few" cards to make a reference and see how it performs.



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Heaven Benchmark immerses a user into a magical steampunk world of shiny brass, wood and gears. Nested on flying islands, a tiny village with its cozy, sun-heated cobblestone streets, an elaborately crafted dirigible above the expanse of fluffy clouds, and a majestic dragon on the central square gives a true sense of adventure. An interactive experience with fly-by and walk-through modes allows for exploring all corners of this world powered by the cutting-edge UNIGINE Engine that leverages the most advanced capabilities of graphics APIs and turns this benchmark into a visual masterpiece.

   
   


Key Features

  • Extreme hardware stability testing
  • Accurate results due to 100% GPU-bound benchmarking
  • Support for DirectX 9, DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0
  • Multi-platform support for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
  • Comprehensive use of hardware tessellation, with adjustable settings
  • Cinematic and interactive fly/walk-through camera modes
  • Dynamic sky with volumetric clouds and tweakable day-night cycle
  • Real-time global illumination and screen-space ambient occlusion
  • Support for multi-monitor configurations and different stereo 3D modes


  • What's New in Heaven 4.0?

  • Benchmarking presets for convenient comparison of results
  • GPU temperature and clock monitoring
  • Drastic improvement of SSDO
  • Stars at nighttime
  • Improvement of lens flares
  • New, improved version of UNIGINE Engine under the hood
  • Detection of multiple GPUs
  • Anti-aliasing support on Mac OS X
  • Enhancement of automation scripts in Pro version
  • New Advanced edition (see details below)
  • Russian and Chinese localization


  • Editions

    Heaven Benchmark comes in three editions: Basic (available for free), Advanced and Pro, each aimed to meet the needs of different users.



    Pro/Con

    Pro:
  • Free
  • 100 % GPU-bound, no CPU influence
  • Presets
  • DX11, DX9 & OpenGL
  • Native Stereo 3D support
  • Native Multi-monitor support
  • GPU temperature and clock monitoring


  • Con:
  • Different versions aren't comparable
  • No online ranking/database
  • Benchmark mode is long (4:20).
  • No temperature, clock and fps graphs



  • Page 1 - Introduction Page 4 - Basic Preset
    Page 2 - Test Setup Page 5 - Extreme Preset
    Page 3 - 1.0 vs 2.0 vs 2.1 vs 2.5 vs 3.0 vs 4.0



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