13-Way NVIDIA OpenGL vs. Vulkan Dota 2 Ubuntu Linux Benchmarks

Written by Michael Larabel in Vulkan on 5 November 2016 at 03:18 PM EDT. 13 Comments
With my recent NVIDIA GTX 1050 series Linux tests I included the latest Vulkan performance numbers for NVIDIA's Pascal card line-up, but if you're curious how the performance is going back to Maxwell and Kepler, here is a 13-way comparison of GeForce GPUs when running Dota 2 with OpenGL and Vulkan on Ubuntu Linux.

With swapping through 13 cards for some OpenCL/CUDA fresh benchmarks, I took the opportunity to run some fresh OpenGL vs. Vulkan Dota 2 numbers for the cards too. In the next day or two I'll complement this with some VLK vs. OGL numbers on the AMDGPU-PRO/RADV side too... So stay tuned for that.

The cards included the GTX 680, GTX 760, GTX 780 Ti, GTX 950, GTX 960, GTX 970, GTX 980, GTX 980 Ti, GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060, GTX 1070, and GTX 1080. All tests were with the latest NVIDIA 375.10 beta Linux driver.

All benchmarks, of course, via the Phoronix Test Suite.

At 1080p with Dota 2 where all the graphics cards were basically CPU limited, the Vulkan renderer performance came out noticeably faster as usual across all tested cards.

At 4K where the graphics processors had more of a job to do, the results were mixed from OpenGL being faster on the older cards to the newer GTX 1070/1080 cards seeing higher frame-rates with Vulkan while using this latest 375.10 beta series driver on Ubuntu. Comparative AMDGPU-PRO/RADV tests coming up soon.
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