DX12 versus DX11 Gaming Performance Video Card Review

We play latest games with DX12 support and find out which is faster, DX12 or DX11? We use the latest drivers from NVIDIA and AMD to find any advantages in this GPU focused review. We’ll get to the bottom of the question, "Should I be running this game in DX12 or DX11 in order to get the best real world gaming performance?"


Sniper Elite 4

We are playing Sniper Elite 4 using the latest patch 1.1.3.

We will toggle between DX11 and DX12 in the game setup menu to test the difference in performance. When we have DX12 enabled we will enable Async Compute as well. We will be running this game at the highest possible settings at 1440p and 4K. The game settings are the same across all video cards save for the resolution.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti at 4K

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For the first time in all the games here we have a positive result for DX12 in the average framerate and minimum framerate departments. Overall, DX12 with Async Compute is a more positive framerate experience compared to DX11 on the GTX 1080 Ti at 4K. It’s small, but it’s there. You can even see toward the beginning of our run-through DX12’s performance line is hovering right above DX11.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 at 1440p

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The average framerate difference is amplified on the GTX 1080 at 1440p in favor of DX12. Again, it’s overall a small difference, but toward the beginning of the run-through DX12 does take a noticeable lead over DX11.

AMD Radeon RX 480 at 1440p

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We repeatedly checked our results on this one. The AMD Radeon RX 480’s DX12 performance smashes the DX11 performance in this game. For the biggest result and difference experienced in all the games, the AMD Radeon RX 480’s DX12 performance is 19% faster than DX11 in this brand new game! That’s massive, and you can certainly tell the difference while playing. We instantly felt the game being smoother while playing. This game was actually a little choppy in DX11 on the RX 480, but in DX12 it was buttery smooth. This game definitely must be played in DX12 on the RX 480 for the best gameplay experience.

Overall, this game has been rather positive on all video cards in terms of DX12, but more-so on the RX 480.