Visit a gorgeous lab in Unigine's Superposition benchmark test

— 1:00 PM on April 12, 2017

Unigine, the team behind well-known benchmark software like Valley and Heaven, has released a new benchmark called Superposition. The Valley benchmark is going on four years old now, and it's time for something more modern. Superposition brings a bunch of new features while being able to more thoroughly stress modern cards in new and interesting ways that weren't common back in the ancient year of 2013.

Superposition is built using the Unigine 2 engine. The benchmark is available for both Windows and Linux, and is currently compatible with OpenGL 4.5 and DirectX 11. Unigine 2 currently doesn't support Vulkan or DirectX 12, so it would seem that neither does Superposition. According to the company, the test makes use of its unique "Screen-Space Ray-Tracing Global Illumination" technique for better light and shadow rendering.

The benchmark offers a variety of ways to punish video cards, including stress testing, presets for different feature levels, and resolutions up to 7680x4320 (8K). There's also a test designed specifically for VR readiness that's compatible with both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

That push for VR prompted Unigine to give this newest benchmark a bit of a story and an interactive mode. If you hadn't concluded this from watching the video above, Superposition uses a fictional physicist's office as the testbed. A loud bang inside the office leads you, a student, to investigate the now-abandoned lab and figure out what happened. The interactive mode offers some mini-games to play as you look around the meticulously-detailed office for clues. This mode is a first for Unigine's benchmarks, and might warrant checking it out just to see what the company cooked up.

The basic version of benchmark is free to download on Unigine's website and weighs in at about 1GB. The company apparently also offers two additional versions: an Advanced upgrade with VR support and a looped stress test for $19.95, and a full-blown Pro package with command-line execution and per-frame analysis for $995.

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