Unigine Valley 1.0 Tested - 25 GPU, CPU and Memory Scaling
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Published by Christian Ney on 28.02.13
It hasn't been a long time that Unigine Corporation released a new version of their Heaven benchmark. One day after that, they showed a new benchmark: Unigine Valley 1.0. The developer team behind which has its roots in Siberia, found inspiration in their homeland, so they went and coded a huge and very detail rich landscape which looks similar to their home country. In this article we show you the test results of 25 different GPUs in Unigine's Valley 1.0 benchmark. We also show you CPU, memory and multi-GPU scaling. Basically, we benched the benchmark.



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Valley Benchmark is a new GPU stress-testing tool from the developers of the very popular and highly acclaimed Heaven Benchmark. The forest-covered valley surrounded by vast mountains amazes with its scale from a bird's-eye view and is extremely detailed down to every leaf and flower petal. This non-synthetic benchmark powered by the state-of-the art UNIGINE Engine showcases a comprehensive set of cutting-edge graphics technologies with a dynamic environment and fully interactive modes available to the end user.

Offering a rare chance to experience a breath of untapped, crystal clear air, Valley Benchmark allows you to encounter a morning high up in the mountains when the snow-capped peaks are just barely glittering in the rising sun. Be it flying over the vast green expanses or hiking along rocky slopes, this journey continues as long you wish. Unique in every corner, this open-space world provides a wonderfully relaxing experience under the tranquil music and sounds of nature.

"Living in Siberia, we wanted to show how beautiful the nature is here. It is full of contrasts, and flowers can grow through the deadfall right next to brutal mountains,” said Andrey Kushner, lead technical artist at UNIGINE Corp. “It was an interesting challenge to create this huge, yet detailed world. Moreover, our engine is so flexible that we could place all objects procedurally and recreate this valley with photorealistic graphics."

   
   


Key Features

  • Extreme hardware stability testing
  • Per-frame GPU temperature and clock monitoring
  • Support for DirectX 9, DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0
  • Multi-platform: Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
  • Advanced visual technologies: dynamic sky, volumetric clouds, sun shafts, DOF, ambient occlusion
  • 64 000 000 square meters of extremely detailed, seamless terrain
  • Procedural object placement of vegetation and rocks
  • The entire valley is free to be explored in interactive fly-by or hike-through modes
  • User-controlled dynamic weather
  • Support for multi-monitor configurations and different stereo 3D modes
  • Benchmarking presets


  • Editions

    Valley 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
  • Shorter than Heaven (3:10 vs 4:20)


  • Con:
  • No online ranking/database
  • No temperature, clock and fps graphs



  • Page 1 - Introduction Page 4 - Extreme Preset
    Page 2 - Test Setup Page 5 - Extreme HD Preset
    Page 3 - Basic Preset



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    Test Setup

    Hardware

    Mainboard
    • ASUS Maximus V Gene (BIOS 1604)
    CPUs
    • Intel Core i7-3770K @ 4.0 GHz (Turbo On / HT On)
    Memory
    • G.Skill RipjawsZ Dual Channel 4x4GB CL9-9-9-24-DDR3-1600 MHz
    Graphic Cards (Driver)
    • nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI
    • nVidia GeForce GTX 680
    • nVidia GeForce GTX 670
    • nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti
    • nVidia GeForce GTX 660
    • nVidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti
    • nVidia GeForce GTX 580
    • nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448C
    • nVidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti
    • nVidia GeForce GTX 470
    • nVidia GeForce GTX 465
    • nVidia GeForce GTX 460
    • nVidia GeForce GTS 450
    • AMD Radeon HD 7970 GE CF
    • AMD Radeon HD 7970 GE
    • AMD Radeon HD 7970
    • AMD Radeon HD 7870
    • AMD Radeon HD 7850
    • AMD Radeon HD 6990
    • AMD Radeon HD 6970
    • AMD Radeon HD 6950
    • AMD Radeon HD 6870
    • AMD Radeon HD 6850
    • AMD Radeon HD 6770
    • AMD Radeon HD 5870
    • AMD Radeon HD 5850
    • AMD Radeon HD 5550 GDDR3 1GB
    Drivers
    • Windows 7 x64 (up to date)
    • NVIDIA ForceWare 314.07 WHQL
    • AMD Catalyst 13.2 Beta6
    • Intel Chipset Driver 9.3.0.1026
    HDD
    • OCZ Technology Octane 512 GB SSD
    PSU
    • Seasonic Platinum SS-1000XP / 1000 Watts



    Page 1 - Introduction Page 4 - Extreme Preset
    Page 2 - Test Setup Page 5 - Extreme HD Preset
    Page 3 - Basic Preset



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    Unigine Valley 1.0 Basic Preset





    Graphics Cards FPS Graphics Score
    nVidia GeForce GTX 680 120.4 fps 5'036
    AMD Radeon HD 7970 GE 116.7 fps 4'883
    AMD Radeon HD 7970 109.6 fps 4'585
    nVidia GeForce GTX 670 109.2 fps 4'569
    nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti 104.1 fps 4'354
    nVidia GeForce GTX 580 97.6 fps 4'083
    AMD Radeon HD 7870 91.8 fps 3'841
    nVidia GeForce GTX 660 88.2 fps 3'689
    AMD Radeon HD 6970 85.4 fps 3'573
    nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448C 81.6 fps 3'416
    AMD Radeon HD 5870 80.5 fps 3'369
    AMD Radeon HD 6950 75.3 fps 3'150
    AMD Radeon HD 7850 73.4 fps 3'073
    AMD Radeon HD 6870 70.3 fps 2'943
    AMD Radeon HD 6990 69.9 fps 2'925
    nVidia GeForce GTX 470 67.5 fps 2'822
    AMD Radeon HD 5850 66.1 fps 2'765
    nVidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti 58.6 fps 2'451
    AMD Radeon HD 6850 56.6 fps 2'368
    nVidia GeForce GTX 460 54.8 fps 2'294
    nVidia GeForce GTX 465 52.2 fps 2'184
    AMD Radeon HD 6770 43.2 fps 1'807
    nVidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 41.1 fps 1'718
    nVidia GeForce GTS 450 34.5 fps 1'442
    AMD Radeon HD 5550 GDDR3 1GB 14.4 fps 601
    More is better




    Core i7 3770K @ 4 GHz + HD 7970 Matrix P. FPS Score
    4 Core + HT 123.5 fps 5'166
    4 Core 122.6 fps 5'128
    3 Core 122.5 fps 5'127
    3 Core + HT 121.8 fps 5'096
    2 Core 121.4 fps 5'081
    2 Core + HT 120.1 fps 5'025
    4 Core + HT @ 3.5 GHz 109.7 fps 4'588
    1 Core + HT 88.1 fps 3'687
    1 Core 77.5 fps 3'241
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    CF/SLI Scaling FPS Score
    AMD Radeon HD 7970 GE 116.7 fps 4'883
    AMD Radeon HD 7970 GE CF 103.3 fps 4'321
    nVidia GeForce GTX 680 120.4 fps 5'036
    nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 119.2 fps 4'986
    More is better


    Memory Scaling - 2x 4GB Dominator Platinum + HD 7970 Matrix P. FPS Score
    2'400 MHz 9-11-11-28 123.4 fps 5'165
    1'600 MHz 9-9-9-27 122.3 fps 5'119
    More is better



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    Page 2 - Test Setup Page 5 - Extreme HD Preset
    Page 3 - Basic Preset



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    Unigine Valley 1.0 Extreme Preset





    Graphics Cards FPS Graphics Score
    AMD Radeon HD 6990 73.0 fps 3'054
    AMD Radeon HD 7970 GE 57.8 fps 2'420
    nVidia GeForce GTX 680 56.0 fps 2'345
    nVidia GeForce GTX 670 51.4 fps 2'151
    AMD Radeon HD 7970 50.4 fps 2'110
    nVidia GeForce GTX 580 43.3 fps 1'811
    nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti 43.3 fps 1'811
    AMD Radeon HD 7870 40.3 fps 1'685
    nVidia GeForce GTX 660 39.1 fps 1'634
    AMD Radeon HD 6970 38.3 fps 1'604
    nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448C 35.3 fps 1'475
    AMD Radeon HD 6950 34.3 fps 1'435
    AMD Radeon HD 7850 32.4 fps 1'357
    AMD Radeon HD 5870 31.5 fps 1'320
    AMD Radeon HD 6870 29.1 fps 1'218
    nVidia GeForce GTX 470 26.6 fps 1'112
    AMD Radeon HD 5850 26.3 fps 1'099
    nVidia GeForce GTX 460 24.2 fps 1'013
    nVidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti 23.6 fps 987
    AMD Radeon HD 6850 22.8 fps 952
    nVidia GeForce GTX 465 21.9 fps 914
    nVidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 18.5 fps 772
    AMD Radeon HD 6770 16.7 fps 699
    nVidia GeForce GTS 450 14.8 fps 618
    AMD Radeon HD 5550 GDDR3 1GB 5.1 fps 213
    More is better




    Core i7 3770K @ 4 GHz + HD 7970 Matrix P. FPS Score
    2 Core + HT 60.8 fps 2'542
    4 Core 60.6 fps 2'535
    4 Core + HT 60.5 fps 2'532
    2 Core 60.5 fps 2'531
    3 Core 60.5 fps 2'530
    4 Core + HT @ 3.5 GHz 60.4 fps 2'527
    3 Core + HT 60.3 fps 2'523
    1 Core + HT 60.0 fps 2'510
    1 Core 58.4 fps 2'242
    More is better




    CF/SLI Scaling FPS Score
    AMD Radeon HD 7970 GE CF 105.4 fps 4'409
    AMD Radeon HD 7970 GE 57.8 fps 2'420
    nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 98.1 fps 4'104
    nVidia GeForce GTX 680 56.0 fps 2'345
    More is better


    Memory Scaling - 2x 4GB Dominator Platinum + HD 7970 Matrix P. FPS Score
    2'400 MHz 9-11-11-28 60.7 fps 2'539
    1'600 MHz 9-9-9-27 60.3 fps 2'524
    More is better



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    Page 2 - Test Setup Page 5 - Extreme HD Preset
    Page 3 - Basic Preset



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    Unigine Valley 1.0 Extreme HD Preset





    Graphics Cards FPS Graphics Score
    AMD Radeon HD 6990 56.3 fps 2'355
    AMD Radeon HD 7970 GE 44.6 fps 1'864
    nVidia GeForce GTX 680 43.3 fps 1'814
    nVidia GeForce GTX 670 40.8 fps 1'709
    AMD Radeon HD 7970 40.2 fps 1'682
    nVidia GeForce GTX 580 33.9 fps 1'419
    nVidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti 33.5 fps 1'403
    AMD Radeon HD 7870 31.1 fps 1'300
    nVidia GeForce GTX 660 30.3 fps 1'270
    AMD Radeon HD 6970 29.8 fps 1'248
    nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448C 27.5 fps 1'152
    AMD Radeon HD 6950 26.2 fps 1'095
    AMD Radeon HD 7850 25.3 fps 1'060
    AMD Radeon HD 5870 24.7 fps 1'033
    AMD Radeon HD 6870 21.7 fps 908
    nVidia GeForce GTX 470 20.4 fps 855
    AMD Radeon HD 5850 20.3 fps 849
    nVidia GeForce GTX 460 19.0 fps 797
    nVidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti 18.3 fps 765
    AMD Radeon HD 6850 17.6 fps 735
    nVidia GeForce GTX 465 16.1 fps 673
    nVidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 13.6 fps 567
    AMD Radeon HD 6770 13.1 fps 550
    nVidia GeForce GTS 450 11.7 fps 491
    AMD Radeon HD 5550 GDDR3 1GB 3.9 fps 163
    More is better




    Core i7 3770K @ 4 GHz + HD 7970 Matrix P. FPS Score
    2 Core + HT 47.2 fps 1'976
    1 Core + HT 46.9 fps 1'963
    3 Core 46.8 fps 1'956
    4 Core 46.7 fps 1'955
    3 Core + HT 46.7 fps 1'956
    4 Core + HT 46.6 fps 1'951
    2 Core 46.6 fps 1'952
    4 Core + HT @ 3.5 GHz 46.6 fps 1'949
    1 Core 46.4 fps 1'941
    More is better




    CF/SLI Scaling FPS Score
    AMD Radeon HD 7970 GE CF 87.4 fps 3'655
    AMD Radeon HD 7970 GE 44.6 fps 1'864
    nVidia GeForce GTX 680 SLI 80.7 fps 3'378
    nVidia GeForce GTX 680 43.3 fps 1'814
    More is better


    Memory Scaling - 2x 4GB Dominator Platinum + HD 7970 Matrix P. FPS Score
    2'400 MHz 9-11-11-28 46.8 fps 1'957
    1'600 MHz 9-9-9-27 46.6 fps 1'948
    More is better



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    Page 2 - Test Setup Page 5 - Extreme HD Preset
    Page 3 - Basic Preset



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    Author: Christian Ney c.ney@ocaholic.ch