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iD Software says Doom to benefit from asynchronous shaders

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Andreas Schilling

idsoftwareNearly a year ago AMD introduced the implementation of asynchronous shaders. It took twelve months until the first implementation appeared. A few days ago, we were able to see the difference in performance in Ashes of the Singularity accurate. Activating asynchronous shaders on graphics cards made by AMD showed a significant increase in performance, while owners of NVIDIA GPUs are left standing int he rain. Quite a few DirectX 12 titles have been announced meainwhile, yet Ashes of the Singularity is the only game so far directly adressing asynchronous shaders. With the upcoming Doom, another new title will offer support for asynchronous shaders. The game currently still is in the alpha or beta phase.

Doom is based on the new Tech 6 engine and uses technologies such as dynamic lighting and physically based rendering. Since DOOM is set to not only appear on the PC but also for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the developer sees a performance target of 60 FPS at a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels as desirable. Here, asynchronous shaders should help.

Tiago Sousa, executive rendering programmer previously employed by Crytek, said the following on Twitter:

Gamers fearing the game will be optmised soley for AMD graphics cards need not fret:.

In the first Closed Alpha the benchmarks showed a clear advantage for AMD. No one currently knows whether DirectX 11 or DirectX 12 was used, and if asynchronous shaders already played a role. A closed beta of the multiplayer from 31 March 3 April could bring further insights. iD Software has released the minimum requirements.

Minimum Spec (720p)

  • Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Intel Core i5-2400 or better / AMD FX 8320 or better
  • 8 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 (2GB) or better / AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB) or better
  • Up to 22 GB HDD space
  • Steam account
  • Broadband internet connection
  • * Please note that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti, and mobile GPUs are not supported for the DOOM beta. Please check back later for minimum or recommended system specs for the final game

    Recommended Spec (1080p)

  • Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Intel Core i7-3770 or better / AMD FX 8350 or better
  • 8GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (4GB) or better / AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB) or better
  • Up to 22 GB HDD space
  • Steam account
  • Broadband internet connection
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    Comments (1)

    #1
    Registered since: 25.03.2016

    Junior Member
    Posts: 1
    This is very good news for AMD fans. I await for AMD Polaris to come out before I play DOOM. But if the performance gain is really that big even on previous AMD graphics cards, and if DOOM will be a great game, then AMD is still in good trim. Personally, I’d like to buy a video card with a new architecture, reduced power consumption and noise. If new AMD cards are great, I will wait. If not, well, then everyone should purchase “old” AMD cards:-) Hardware.eu, Amazon, and Newegg has many things to offer)))

    (TBH, there are too many misprints; otherwise, the article is good).
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