Did you just buy a gaming laptop or build your own rig? Got a shiny new graphics card, have you? Benchmarking tools are one of the best ways to stress test your gaming computer.
They can give you a general idea of how powerful your computer is and test the stability of your graphics card, or temperature levels of core components such as the GPU or processor.
I normally use such tools only when I overclock a GPU, when I make tweaks that may have a considerable impact, or when I experience crashes on a computer. Superposition is a free benchmarking tool that you can use to check the gaming performance of your machine.
Before we get started, let me get some things out of the way. Only the basic version of the tool is free, the Advanced and Professional editions are paid. The basic version supports VR, so if you have a VR setup you can try it out. Do remember to close other applications while running any benchmarking application.
Superposition's interface is straight-forward as it features three tabs and a handful of icons. The main tab -- benchmark -- lists 3 sub-options: Performance, VR Ready and Stress. The last isn't free, so we'll skip it.
The Performance test is sort of the heart of the program. You can select a graphics preset from the following options: Custom, 720p low, 1080p medium, 1080p high, 1080p extreme, 4K optimized and 8k optimized, and it also lets you pick DirextX and OpenGL for the graphics. You may have noticed that the other options in this section are grayed out. If you want to tweak those, you'll need to choose the Custom preset. This allows you to select whether you want the benchmark to run in fullscreen mode, the resolution you want to use, shader quality, texture quality, depth of field and motion blur.
Note: The low, medium, etc are similar to the graphics settings that you may choose in games. So, if you're wondering how many frames you will get in a modern AAA game on your rig, you can choose the preset that you wish to test in the benchmark for a rough estimate.
The VRAM bar shows you the amount of video ram that is used and the total amount of video memory that is available on your computer. Hit the Run button when you are ready to start the Superposition benchmark. The Uniengine 2 benchmark should load.
Since mine is a fairly old business laptop (my gaming PC is dead), I chose to run the low preset. The benchmark is quite resource intensive as it should be and I could barely get over 17 FPS (frame rate per second).
The FPS (minimum, average and maximum) are displayed in the top right corner along with details about the benchmark progress added to the section. You can wait for it to complete or hit escape at anytime to exit it. When the benchmark is completed you will the results screen which displays your computer's score, FPS, the chosen settings and your machine's configuration. You can choose to save a screenshot of the result screen by hitting the camera icon. It also lets you save the benchmark in a score file.
The Game mode has similar settings but it is an interactive benchmark, i.e., it's a game.
You can walk around, perform actions, run the cinematic mode and do all kinds of things in this interactive mode. This mode has a graphics selection panel on the top left which lets you change the settings on the fly. I found this to be better than the actual benchmark tool.
The VR benchmark is of course useful to test Virtual Reality systems with Oculus Rift or Steam VR.
The Superposition benchmark tool is delivered as a 1.24GB exe which you can download directly or via a torrent. I found the latter to be a faster option.
I'd like to mention that benchmarks aren't necessarily a way to determine if your computer is good for gaming, or not. Even if your computer scores low, you could still run games at decent speeds with 30FPS/60FPS. It all depends on the game that you're playing, some are incredibly well optimized, while some run garbage.Advertisement
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