Nothing beats Unigine’s latest Superposition benchmark for GPU stress testing, it is by far, the most beautiful and most demanding benchmark you can run on your GPU today. Unigine says that this benchmark is designed for future GPUs in mind which is why it’s so insanely demanding.
The Superposition benchmark is free, however as all free software usually goes, certain features are locked out. There are two variants you can buy, the Advanced or the Professional Edition. The Advanced Edition unlocks all the features you might need as an average overclocker, you get full VR support and stress test looping.
The Professional Editing is designed specifically for large corporations/business. The extra features in the Professional Edition, will not benefit the average user for the most part. You get command line automation, the ability to analyze the benchmark on a per frame basis and a few other things.
The free edition still has a lot to offer, you get partial VR support and all the critical features needed to use it effectively.
When you open up Superposition, you’ll see three categories, “Benchmark”, “Game”, and “Virtual Reality”. Benchmark is pretty much self explanatory, when you press run, the program will automatically start the 3 minute benchmark and then give you your final score at the end.
Game mode is a part of Superposition that allows you to interact with the benchmark itself. What’s cool is that there is a puzzle in this benchmark/mini-game that you can figure out for yourself. Here’s a quote from Unigine’s website about the plot:
A lone professor performs dangerous experiments in an abandoned classroom, day in and day out. Obsessed with inventions and discoveries beyond the wildest dreams, he strives to prove his ideas.
Once you come to this place in the early morning, you would not meet him there. The eerie thing is a loud bang from the laboratory heard a few moments ago. What was that? You have the only chance to cast some light upon this incident by going deeply into the matter of quantum theory: thorough visual inspection of professor’s records and instruments will help to lift the veil on the mystery.
The Virtual Reality tab is the exact same thing as the Game tab, however instead you can enter the game in VR mode.
So this is where things get a bit confusing and people are mislead, I’ve seen several people that reviewed the Unigine Position Benchmark get some of the graphics settings WRONG. I aim to fix that right here and now.
In the Preset category (on the performance tab), we see a drop down menu with several graphical presets to choose from, those include 1080P low, medium, high, extreme and 4K, 8K optimized presets. These presets are the ONLY ones you can use if you want to add your benchmark score to Unigine’s website.
What people are mislead about is the 4K and 8K optimized graphics settings, these settings are actually LOWER quality than the extreme preset. When Unigine says optimized, they mean they optimized the 4K and 8K presets so you can actually get more than a slideshow of frames from your GPU. No GPU from today or even next year is able to handle this benchmark at 4K (let alone 8K) at extreme settings at a nice frame rate.
The custom preset allows you to have full control over the specific quality of the benchmark, you can run fullscreen or not, you can lower textures, you can even run OpenGL instead of DX11. It’s all up to you.
VR Ready? This makes game run in VR, designed specifically to test out how good your GPU is for VR intensive stuff. You can adjust the resolution per eye, and can choose several options for graphics quality just like the performance.
The Stress tab allows you to simply loop the benchmark so you can stress test your GPU. However this is only available in the paid versions, BUT there is a loophole I found that allows you to loop the benchmark in the free version. If you go into the game part of the benchmark, then on the top left of the screen you have the ability to enter “cinematic mode” which is simply the benchmark itself. But it loops automatically.
When I mean it is insanely demanding, I mean that literally. I tested out 1080P extreme on my GTX 1060 (overclocked aswell), and I was getting 10fps. A GTX 1080 Ti can barely do 40fps. That should put this benchmark into perspective.
Overall, it’s a wonderful benchmark, and it will bring your graphics card(s) to it’s knees. No matter if your just running a 1080 or have 4 Titan Xp graphics cards in SLI. It is definitely esigned for the GPUs of the future.
Download Here: https://benchmark.unigine.com/superposition?lang=en
Here’s a quick look at the benchmark itself. I highly recommend you watch in 4K 60FPS (or 8K, but doubtful your computer can run 8K).[/fusion_text]