Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling Performance Snapshot With Turing



With the latest release of NVIDIA’s GeForce 451.48 WHQL driver we see the first full Direct X12 Ultimate compliant support from any GPU maker. Paired with the latest Windows 10 May 2020 Update (2004) we now have access to the new Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling feature within Windows 10. The gist of this feature is simply to let the GPU handle its own memory directly without influence from the operating system. This could theoretically lead to better performance and lower latency based on its claims. If you want to read more about the driver itself we’ve got an article ready on that as well as the full rundown on DX12 Ultimate.

Today we have a simple goal, does it impact performance? I suggested we look at a card that might benefit more obviously from a memory management standpoint, but Hassan (I’m calling you out) suggested I use the RTX 2080Ti. I did, but I also used the GTX 1650 SUPER with it’s 4GB of VRAM to see just what would shake out.

Testing Methodology

Only two games were tested here, which is why this is called a Snapshot vs a performance evaluation. We tested Forza Horizon 4 and Gears Tactics since both are Microsoft DX12 games we thought we might see some more obvious performance benefits here if there were any to be had.

Once we had the results from 3 runs, after discarding an initial burner run for loading purposes, we took the average of average frame rates as well as the 99th percentile results from the run. We report our performance metrics as average frames per second and have moved away from the 1% and .1% reporting and are now using the 99th percentile. For those uncertain of what the 99th percentile is, representing is easily explained as showing only 1 frame out of 100 is slower than this frame rate. Put another way, 99% of the frames will achieve at least this frame rate.

Test System

ComponentsZ370CPUIntel Core i9-9900k @ 5GHzMemory 32GB Mushkin Redline DDR4 3600 MotherboardEVGA Z370 Classified KStorageKingston KC2000 1TB NVMe SSDPSUCooler Master V1200 PlatinumWindows Version2004 with latest security patches

Graphics Cards Tested


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By: Keith May
Title: Hardware-Accelerated GPU Scheduling Performance Snapshot With Turing
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Published Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2020 11:21:43 +0000

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