Thursday, February 14th 2013

Unigine Announces Valley GPU Benchmark

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.
DOWNLOAD: Unigine Valley for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

"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."

Features
  • Extreme hardware stability testing
  • Per-frame GPU temperature and clock monitoring
  • Multi-platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X
  • Advanced visual technologies: dynamic sky, volumetric clouds, sun shafts, DOF, ambient occlusion
  • 64,000 square kilometers 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 stereo 3D and multi-monitor configurations
  • Benchmarking presets
  • Command line automation support
  • Highly customizable reports in CSV format
Alongside a completely free Basic edition, Valley Benchmark provides in-depth performance reviews in the Advanced and Pro editions for hardware manufacturers, graphics driver developers, industry professionals and all individuals involved with video card stability testing. For more information, visit the product page.
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56 Comments on Unigine Announces Valley GPU Benchmark

#1
BigMack70
Thanks for hosting this! I really love the lighting and dynamic weather system here - looks really good. "Photorealistic" is pushing it but the lighting is definitely there.

However, the draw distances and foliage/trees need a LOT of work. This has probably the worst draw distances I've ever seen in a maxed out benchmark.

It's not even as demanding as Heaven 4.0 is, so I'm sure they could at least fix the nasty pop in issues (I wouldn't mind seeing some tesselated foliage and better AO as well ;) )
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#2
hellrazor
I sure hope it looks better than that.
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#3
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Extreme HD preset looks really good. Around 35 fps avg., on GTX 680.
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#4
natr0n
This is a relaxing bench. After a hard day of serious benching.
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#5
BigMack70
by: natr0n
This is a relaxing bench. After a hard day of serious benching.
:roll:

I had high hopes for this bench and I'm pretty disappointed by it. Heaven - even Heaven 3.0 - is a nicer bench. I'm hoping they improve the visual quality with future releases. Currently the only nice looking thing is to free roam and mess with the weather/cloud/TOD lighting combos you can get
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#6
[H]@RD5TUFF
Sounds neat, downloading it now, so I can run it.
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#7
Lionheart
Stunning & blissful ;) I love it:toast:

Ran a quick benchmark as well :cool:

Will post soon:rockout:
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#8
jmcslob
This Benchmark seems to be more relevant than Heaven imo..I see more foliage and valley views in the games I play then floating 18th century battleships loaded with everything brass and towns with cobblestone roads.....just saying
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#9
Jack Doph
by: BigMack70
I'm sure they could at least fix the nasty pop in issues
What do you mean?
It runs a treat on default settings (1080p) on my lowly HD5850.
I quite like this one and, as jmcslob already mentioned, seems far more pertinent than Heaven (even if that _is_ an awesome-looking stress tester).
^^
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#10
BigMack70
by: Jack Doph
What do you mean?
It runs a treat on default settings (1080p) on my lowly HD5850.
I quite like this one and, as jmcslob already mentioned, seems far more pertinent than Heaven (even if that _is_ an awesome-looking stress tester).
^^
Did you see that draw distance? The pop-in on pretty much everything is terrible. The draw distance is about the end of your nose. This bench has a nicer aesthetic than heaven, but it seems to really fall flat technically in some areas, with draw distance being the biggest one (I'm also seeing no tesselation, for example).

To my eyes it looks like they're using 2D sprites in some cases for their tree foliage before the 3d stuff pops in... that's just pathetic for a benchmark IMO.
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#11
Jack Doph
by: BigMack70
Did you see that draw distance? The pop-in on pretty much everything is terrible. The draw distance is about the end of your nose. This bench has a nicer aesthetic than heaven, but it seems to really fall flat technically in some areas, with draw distance being the biggest one.

To my eyes it looks like they're using 2D sprites in some cases for their tree foliage... that's just pathetic for a benchmark IMO.
I just saw your system specs, so.. I guess my lowly specs can't quite see what you're referring to :P
Point taken though :)
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#12
BigMack70
I am REALLY liking how the lighting can look if you free-roam and mess around with the time of day/clouds/rain/wind though. You can get some neat looking scenes from that.
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#13
Enmitynz
here's my first run, cpu @4.5Ghz and gpus at stock...im with Bigmack on this one, had high hopes, looks kind of meh...but the free roam is nice :)

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#14
jmcslob
I agree the field of view could be a little more fluid but I also see what they were doing.
They were trying to make the details appear more natural to the velocity of the camera.
But no doubt it could be done a bit more smoothly...Still though excellent benchmark.
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#15
RejZoR
All hyper realistic and then there are rocks on the ground made out of 16 polygons. Seriously!? If this is the best way to use tessellation engine on, then they all failed misserably. Ha sno one ever told developers how to use tessellation? It's un upgrade of LOD, so whats close to you should look great, whats (very) far away should look like that 16 poly rock. Instead they churn out idiotic ammounts of polygons on that mountain on the other end of the map and leave stuff close tot he viewport ugly as hell. Makes no sense and they all freakin do this. In all games and all benchmarks.
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#17
Fourstaff
Someone port Skyrim into this please?
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#18
DarkOCean
by: Fourstaff
Someone port Skyrim into this please?
the first thing that came to my mind after running this.
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#19
iO
If this thing will get a much higher draw distance, some displacement mapping and tesselation, it will be even more beautiful.
But it is already prettier and more appealing than FuturemarkĀ“s same old space benchmarks...
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#20
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
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#22
erixx
this..... one............ is ............what ........ I ........wanted!

Nice screensaver: )
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#23
cRs
Stock
Gpu @1050/1450Mhz

Cpu @4.5Ghz Gpu @1050/1450Mhz
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#24
Prima.Vera
Here my stats, everything at default, no occ

5870 and 5870/5850 Crossfire:

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#25
eventide
by: Fourstaff
Someone port Skyrim into this please?
Beautiful Skyrim has been a long time in here. Just add the RealVision ENB and some other stuff according to the recommendations on the site: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/30936
It's going to look even prettier than this benchmark!
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