1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Unigine Heaven Offers Heavenly Graphics

Gaming

Published on 22 October 2009 03:06 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Gaming
Comment On This Article

Our friends at Unigine Corp have today unveiled their "Heaven" benchmark, and the graphics capabilities in this tech demo are heavenly to say the least. Last year Unigine Corp had unveiled the Unigine Tropics benchmark / tech demo in the Phoronix Test Suite and it certainly set a new OpenGL precedent on Linux.

While no native Linux games are out yet that use the multi-platform Unigine game engine, it remains the most demanding engine we have found and boasts the best graphics capabilities. Unigine Tropics is still great (as is the earlier Unigine Sanctuary demo too), but Unigine Heaven takes it one step further. Heaven incorporates many engine updates (talked about in different news postings) that these Russian developers have been working on for months. Here's their YouTube video of Unigine Heaven.


This video is, of course, demonstrating Unigine Heaven using their new DirectX 11.0 renderer. Unigine Heaven is using hardware tessellation, DirectCompute, Shader Model 5.0, and other newer GPU technologies. Unigine released this demo today for the launch of the Microsoft Windows 7, but there remains the OpenGL 3.x renderer too. Take a look at the Unigine Heaven press release. The Linux version of Unigine Heaven isn't out yet, but it's expected soon. We have heard that driver problems is what set back the Linux release, but it's coming and will certainly be stressing OpenGL drivers and hardware.

Besides the graphics getting even better, other recent advancements in this game engine include improved physics, volumetric clouds, improved shaders, and many other changes. This Linux-friendly engine also now supports OpenGL 3.2 rendering.

Work on this heaven tech demo and their DirectX 11.0 support is what had set back Unigine's game under development, which will support Linux, but now hopefully we will see work on this project get back on track.

When the Linux version of Unigine Heaven is released expect full coverage on Phoronix and it will also be appearing in the Phoronix Test Suite for Linux benchmarking on the same-day. More on the work behind the Unigine Engine can be found in our Unigine Corp Q&A.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. CompuLab Intense-PC2: An Excellent, Fanless, Mini PC Powered By Intel's i7 Haswell
  2. From The Atom 330 To Haswell ULT: Intel Linux Performance Benchmarks
  3. AMD Radeon R9 285 Tonga Performance On Linux
  4. Apotop Wi-Copy
Latest Linux Articles
  1. AMD Moves Forward With Unified Linux Driver Strategy, New Kernel Driver
  2. MSI: Update Your BIOS From The Linux Desktop
  3. NVIDIA vs. AMD 2D Linux Drivers: Catalyst Is Getting Quite Good At 2D
  4. 15-Way GPU Comparison With Mesa 10.3 + Linux 3.17
Latest Linux News
  1. Phoronix Test Suite 5.4 M3 Is Another Hearty Update
  2. GParted 0.20 Improves Btrfs Support
  3. EXT4 In Linux 3.18 Has Clean-ups, Bug Fixes
  4. Emacs 24.4 Has Built-In Web Browser, Improved Multi-Monitor Support
  5. NVIDIA's NVPTX Support For GCC Is Close To Being Merged
  6. KDE's KWin On Wayland Begins Using Libinput
  7. Khronos Releases OpenVX 1.0 Specification
  8. Linux Kernel Working Towards GNU11/C11 Compatibility
  9. Ubuntu 15.04 Is Codenamed After A Monkey: Vivid Vervet
  10. Following GCC, Clang Looks To Default To C11
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  2. Users/Developers Threatening Fork Of Debian GNU/Linux
  3. HOPE: The Ease Of Python With The Speed Of C++
  4. Bye bye BSD, Hello Linux: A Sys Admin's Story
  5. NVIDIA Presents Its Driver Plans To Support Mir/Wayland & KMS On Linux
  6. AMD Is Restructuring Again, Losing 7% Of Employees
  7. Open-Source AMD Fusion E-350 Support Takes A Dive
  8. Upgrade to Kaveri, very slow VDPAU performance