Feb 20, 2013

UNIGINE Valley Benchmark 1.0 Review

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  • Developer: UNIGINE
  • Publisher: UNIGINE
  • Genre: Benchmark
  • Released: Feb 14, 2013
  • Platform: Windows
  • Reviewed: Windows

UNIGINE continues their trend of beautiful benchmarking tools. This time, a bit more robust and optimized for DirectX 11. As with their prior tools, you can take screenshots, benchmark, free roam with the camera, or walk around like a first-person game. However, the increased options make for a gorgeous rendering of the weather. Here you can increase clouds, wind, and adjust the time of day. When doing so, you can create powerful thunderstorms during the day or at sunrise. It’s a sight to behold.


System Specs:

  • Intel Core i7 3770k
  • nVidia GTX 560Ti
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM

The Valley Benchmark allows you to run it in OpenGL (software), DirectX 9, and DirectX 11. Each of these tests were done in 1920×1080 @ 60Hz (system recommended size and refresh rate). On DirectX 11, everything was set to the max for Quality, Anti-alising (set to 2), and Full Screen. The same settings you’ll find in the Heaven Benchmark. Options I didn’t and couldn’t test were the Stereo 3D and Multi-Monitor setups.

The automation was to test this at higher resolutions, but because my monitor can’t output it at that size, it defaulted back to 1920×1080 in which the results were marginal and thus, removed. The best score was kept here. In this testing, compared to the Heaven testing, shows that DirectX 11 runs better.

Tested all available resolutions to me with everything set to Max with API, Quality, Anti-alising set to 2, and Full Screen. Options I didn’t and couldn’t test were the Stereo 3D and Multi-Monitor setups.

Under DirectX 11, clearly the lower resolutions perform better but go above 30fps even at 1920×1080 @ 60Hz.


Everything is basically the same as UNIGINE’s other benchmarks, and the Advanced Edition includes python automation scripting and exporting to CSV to produce the graphs you see above. That ability is not available in the free version.Valley is a remarkable benchmark, allowing you to give your current system a true run for its money. However, if you’re a sucker for weather effects and want to have on-the-fly control while tweaking settings, you’ll be in Heaven.

A code for the Advanced Edition to perform Automation and Benchmarking was provided by UNIGINE PR for review purposes