Fable Legends DirectX 12 benchmarks show the future of PC gaming

For PC gamers, DirectX 12 is quite exciting. It promises to make PC games look even better than they already do, and now we’re seeing the graphics really put to the test with benchmarks being released by TechReport for Fable Legends using DirectX 12. DX 12 promises to improve the way modern PC games talk to GPUs, and it definitely appears to be working as promised based on the video above.

In the test, a wide range of DirectX 12 compatible graphics cards were used. The models were as follows: Sapphire Nitro R7 370, MSI Radeon R9 285, XFX Radeon R9 390, Asus Strix R9 390X, Radeon R9 Nano, Asus Strix R9 Fury, Radeon R9 Fury X, Gigabyte GTX 950, MSI GeForce GTX 960, MSI GeForce GTX 970, Gigabyte GTX 980, and Asus Strix GTX 980 Ti. The system also featured a Core i7-5960X processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, a Kingston SSDNow 310 drive, and of course, Windows 10 for access to DirectX 12. Clearly, this is a high-end system, which is necessary for pushing the visuals.

Some takeaways from the test include a complete lack of shimmer, crawling, and sparkle on any of the objects in the game. This creates a smoother, more realistic-looking world, even though it uses a more whimsical art style and not exactly photorealistic visuals. There’s also not a huge difference in performance between AMD and NVIDIA cards, even though the game supports asynchronous compute shaders, which have been shown to perform better on AMD cards, at least for the time being. At Ultra settings in 4K, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is the top performer and the only card able to stay at a smooth 30fps.

It’s important to note that Fable Legends isn’t actually at the limit of what can be done with DX 12, as the game was in development before it existed, and it features full support for the older DX 11. Microsoft made a statement on what parts of DX 12 developer Lionhead is using:

“Lionhead Studios has made several additions to the engine to implement advanced visual effects, and has made use of several new DirectX 12 features, such as Async Compute, manual Resource Barrier tracking, and explicit memory management to help the game achieve the best possible performance.”

This means it is only using part of what DirectX 12 can do, and it’s already showing positive results in these early benchmark tests. It will be interesting to see exactly how DirectX 12 games look when developed with the API available from the beginning of the development cycle.

Computing

The rumors were true. Nvidia’s 1660 Ti GPU, a $280 powerhouse, has arrived

Nvidia has officially launched the GTX 1660 Ti, its next-generation, Turing-based GPU. It promises to deliver all the performance and efficiency for all modern games, but without stepping into the high price range of the RTX series. 
Computing

Between Intel and AMD, these are the best gaming CPUs at every price

What are the best processors for gaming you can buy? You don't need to spend a fortune to get an amazing gaming CPU and now that AMD is competitive again, there are more choices than ever.
Computing

Is AMD's Navi back on track for 2019? Here's everything you need to know

AMD's Navi graphics cards could be available as soon as July 2019 — as long as it's not delayed by stock problems. Billed as a successor to Polaris, Navi promises to deliver better performance to consoles, like Sony's PlayStation 5.
Deals

From Chromebooks to MacBooks, here are the best laptop deals for February 2019

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work or you're just doing some post-holiday shopping, we've got you covered: These are the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.
Computing

Still miss Windows 7? Here's how to make Windows 10 look more like it

There's no simple way of switching on a Windows 7 mode in Windows 10. Instead, you can install third-party software, manually tweak settings, and edit the registry. We provide instructions for using these tweaks and tools.
Computing

Dodge the biggest laptop-buying mistakes with these handy tips

Buying a new laptop is exciting, but you need to watch your footing. There are a number of pitfalls you need to avoid and we're here to help. Check out these top-10 laptop buying mistakes and how to avoid them.
Computing

Metro Exodus update brings DLSS improvements to Nvidia RTX 20-series PCs

Having issues in Metro Exodus? A February 21 update for the title recently delivered enhancements to Nvidia’s deep learning supersampling feature and other fixes for low-specced PCs. 
Computing

Great PC speakers don't need to break the bank. These are our favorites

Not sure which PC speakers work best with your computer? Here are the best computer speakers on the market, whether you're working with a tight budget or looking to rattle your workstation with top-of-the-line audio components.
Computing

Confused about RSS? Don't be. Here's what it is and how to use it

What is an RSS feed, anyway? This traditional method of following online news is still plenty useful. Let's take a look at what RSS means, and what advantages it has in today's busy world.
Computing

Everything you need to know about routers, modems, combos, and mesh networks

Modem vs. router: what's the difference? We explain their functions so you can better diagnose any issues prior to contacting technical support. We also talk about a few variants you'll see offered by ISPs and retailers.
Computing

Limited-time sale knocks $500 off the price of the Razer Blade Pro 17

Looking for an ultra-powerful laptop for yourself or someone else? You're in for some luck. Razer is running a sale on some of its best gaming laptops, cutting down pricing on the Razer Blade 15 and the Razer Blade Pro 17. 
Emerging Tech

Engineer turns his old Apple lle into an wheeled robot, and even gives it a sword

How do you give new life to a 30-year-old computer? Software engineer Mike Kohn found a way by transforming his old Apple IIe into a wheeled robot. Check it out in all its 1980s glory.
Gaming

Want to play as Iron Man or Waluigi in GTA V? Our favorite mods make it possible

Grand Theft Auto V is best on the PC for many reasons, and modifications may be the most important. You can cause riots, spawn unique cars, and play as a cop with just a few extra files.
Computing

Does the GTX 1660 Ti's leaner design make it a better GPU than the RTX 2060?

Nvidia's GTX 1660 Ti is a new Turing GPU without ray tracing or DLSS, but how does it compare to its RTX brethren? We pit the 1660 Ti versus the RTX 2060 to find out in this comparison.