VRMARK GPU Performance Review
Published: 3rd November 2016 | Source: Futuremark | Price: |
It is immediately apparent that VRMARK is a useful tool for judging the VR readiness of a PC, with the ability to simulate a VR workload without a headset and then provide results that will allow PC enthusiasts to differentiate the VR performance of many different systems and various competing GPUs.
This is the first true VR benchmarking tool, aside from Valve's SteamVR benchmark, making this a very useful performance tool for PC gamers and benchmarkers moving forward.
Both tests included with the advanced version of this software serve very different purposes, with the Orange Room test checking the VR readiness of a PC based on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive's PC system requirements and the Blue Room test acting as a test which will further differentiate high-end VR ready PCs from each other.
Looking at the results from the Orange Room test we can see that with our test system that there is not much of a performance gap between the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080, showing the test's limited ability to differentiate ultra-high-end systems. Conversely with the Blue Room test, we can see that there is a much smaller score difference between our lower end VR ready systems, showcasing this test difficulty in differentiating lower end setups.
We can see here that both the Lower-end Orange Room test and the higher-end Blue Room tests serve very different purposes, with both scores being equally useful, simulating both low fidelity and high fidelity VR gaming experiences.
VR gaming performance is no doubt something that we will learn to test more reliably over time but, for now, VRMARK does a great job of differentiating the VR performance of the various GPUs that we have used in our testing today.
As the only full VR benchmarking suite available today it is likely that VRMARK will become a regular part of our GPU testing suite, whether it be to test the VR readiness of a new system or to differentiate future high-end GPUs based on VR gaming performance. If you want to test the VR readiness of your PC you can buy or download a free version of VRMARK on Steam.