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Please read the posting rules and the tweak rules

Unigine just released their new Valley 1.0 Benchmark.
Download Valley 1.0 Here





Tweaks are allowed
and I highly encourage them since many will use them to beat your score.

Tweak rules at the end of the Original Post

( No hacks allowed )








POSTING SCORE RULE

For Single Monitors (1920x1080) and (2560x1440)

1080 must be set to Extreme HD preset.
1440 must same settings as Extreme HD preset. I.E 8XAA etc.

All scores posted must be accompanied by this data line in order to be considered for the Top 30:

Member Name --- Processor / Speed --- GPU Name, Core / Shaders / Memory --- AVG. FPS --- Score - RESOLUTION IF NOT 1080.

IF YOU DO NOT POST YOUR RESOLUTION OUTSIDE OF 1080 SUBMISSION I WILL MOST LIKELY REJECT IT IF I DO NOT NOTICE.

Please provide a screen shot of the final score screen taken with F12, found in C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\Valley\screenshots, converted to .jpg

Any score that is posted that does not follow the settings required
or does not have the correct screen shot and data line will not be counted.

Please note the settings required and make sure your runs are configured correctly.


For Multi-Monitors or 4K resolution

  • Use Custom Ultra with 4 x AA.
  • Need to be in 5760x1080 or it won't be accepted. (Or 3840 x 2160 for 4K resolution)
  • We need to see full screenshot of the results.
  • No integrated Graphics allowed



Example on how a Post should look like (Click to show)

Suggestion
Quote:
User Name --- CPU@ Ghz ---- GPU Name ; Core / Memory ---- AVG. FPS ---- Score


Any failure to follow this simple rule (example below) will get you removed from the chart.
Any cheaters should be pointed out to me by PM: Thanks


Example:


How your screenshot is suppose to be posted. Thanks

Example! (Click to show)
Post a screenshot

LIKE THIS





NOT This



Need help on HOW TO Take a Screenshot???
HOW TO TAKE A SCREENSHOT IN UNIGINE VALLEY (Click to show)

By Default, the screenshot key is F12 Like shown in this picture (Shown in Loading Screen of the benchmark)




But if you want to set another key, you need to go in Valley Settings... Shown Below




And now to find your screenshots, you need to go in C:\Users\YOUR USER NAME\Valley\screenshots...Shown Below









Tweak Rules for Unigine Valley:

Allowed optimisations:
  • Driver settings finetuning.
  • Tesselation tweaking.
  • Minimal OS optimisation

Disallowed tweaks/cheats:
  • No LOD tweaking.
  • Mipmap
  • Any software or human interaction altering the perceived speed of the benchmark program, tricking it to believe it ran faster.
  • Wireframe hacks: any software or driver causing a benchmark program not (properly) render the textures.
  • Rendered image differs too much from the original due to other software tweaking.
  • Forbidden to use 3rd party tools such as Nvidia Inspector or radeon Pro

If any of these rules are not respected, those results will not be included.



AMD Tweaks (Provided by sugarhell )
AMD Tweaks! (Click to show)
FOR AMD TWEAKS

  • If you have multimonitors when you bench on single screen you should unplug the others. This will help your score and fps.Also you can try to kill all the unnecessary processes through task manager.
  • The most important thing is the drivers. A bad install of drivers will result in lower fps.

  1. Open Catalyst Control Center
  2. Gaming (tab)
  3. 3D Applications Settings
  4. Press Add
  5. Go to C://Programs files (x86)// Unigine // Valley // bin // valley.exe

Will give this



Under Anti-Aliasing: you don't change anything

Under Texture Filtering:
  • Set Anisotropic Filtering Mode:Override Application Settings
  • Set Anisotropic Filtering Level: 2x
  • Set Texture Filtering Quality: Perfomance
  • Set Surface Format Optimizations : Off

Only for multi-gpu:
  • For crossfire the default profile is working fine. But you can force 1x1 optimization or AFR friendly if you believe that you will achieve a higher score.
  • For tri-fire or quad you NEED to force 1x1 optimization to have a good usage across the cards.

Tab : Performance
  • Go to AMD overdrive and disable it. For benching you should use MSI AB or Trixx




Windows tweaks.

Disable AERO.
  1. Right click on the desktop
  2. Personalize
  3. Basic and High Contrast Themes and choose Windows 7 Basic

Set priority of valley.exe
  1. Open valley and while you are on the launcher do this.Right click on the taskbar
  2. Start Task Manager
  3. Processes
  4. Find valley.exe
  5. Right click
  6. Set priority and choose Real Time

Turn off UAC.
  • Its just useless

Disable indexing on C: Drive .
  1. Right click on your C
  2. Properties
  3. Untick ''Allow files on this driver to have contents indexed in addition to file properties''
  4. Apply changes to drive C:/,subfolders and files (you should install valley on your ssd if you search the optimal performance)

Terminate explorer.exe
  1. Open task manager
  2. Find explorer.exe
  3. Right click End process



For an AMD driver guide you should read tsm's guide.
AMD How to Guide

Additional Items:
There are more things that you can do to try for a slightly better score. These items are unlikely to get you a large score increase, but depending on your setup, they might help.

1) Ctrl-Shift-Esc will bring up your Windows Task manager. On the Process tab you can shut down any unnecessary ones. You can find a guide to processes and also turning off other items at blackviper.com.
2) If you have many programs starting with windows you can make adjustments to them by going to the start button search window and typing msconfig. On the Startup tab you may notice programs automatically starting that are not necessary.
3) Some benchers may create a separate Windows installation with just the bare minimum of components, and no unnecessary programs or utilities.
4) You can optimize your hard drive by trying a few tweaks. Here is guide for Windows 7:
https://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
and one for Windows 8:
https://www.overclock.net/t/1240779/seans-windows-8-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
5) You can try increasing the priority of the Valley process. To do that start the benchmark in windowed mode, then use ctrl-shift-esc to bring up the Task Manger. Right click on the Valley.exe process, move to Set Priority and click Realtime. Then click Change Priority to confirm in the pop up window. You can also stop the explorer.exe process (or others) by right clicking and choosing End Process, and confirming the pop up. To bring back explorer, click File>New Task(Run…) then enter explorer.exe in the Open: box and click OK. After closing Task Manger, go back to Valley hit Esc, then you can click Full Screen on the Settings tab to resume the benchmark.




nVIDIA Tweaks (Provided by justandoldman )
nVIDIA Tweaks (Click to show)
NVIDIA guide to better scores in Valley 1.0


Drivers:
Your cards drivers are key to your best score. Many times the newest beta drivers from NVIDIA will give you the highest score but not always. Certain gpu configurations may benefit from slightly older drivers. A good, clean install of your drivers is important. Here is a guide to completely remove your drivers:
https://www.overclock.net/t/1150443/how-to-remove-your-nvidia-gpu-drivers

VALLEY GUIDE:
1) Right click on your desktop to bring up the NVIDIA control panel, and click on “Manage 3D Settings.” Click the Program Settings tab, then the drop down box to choose Valley. If you don’t see it you can click the Add button for Unigine Engine, or Browse for Valley.exe which is in C>Program files (x86)>Unigine>Valley>bin. Change the following four items, then click Apply.
>Muti-display/mixed-GPU acceleration change to Single display performance mode
>Power management mode change to Prefer maximum performance
>Texture filtering – Quality change to High performance
>Vertical sync changed to off
Your page should now look like this:



2) Now click on “Adjust image settings with preview” in the control panel. Click the “Use my preference emphasizing:” button and change the slider to Performance, then click Apply. Your page should now look like this:


You can now close the control panel.

3) Have only one monitor plugged into your card(s).
4) Overclock your chip as much as you can with reasonable stability.
5) Overclock your card’s memory as much as possible, Valley likes high memory clocks, then overclock your card’s core as much as possible.
6) Change your desktop theme to Windows Classic.
7) Shut down all other programs, and do not have any monitoring software running.
8) You need to keep your card from throttling. Many cards have a thermal throttle point, such as 70c, where they downclock. If you are not underwater then open up your case, use a floor fan blowing on your cards, run Valley at the coldest part of the day, or anything else you can do to keep all your gpus under their throttle point. Some cards will allow a greater oc if they are colder as well.
9) Hit ENTER to scroll through the first few seconds of each of Valley’s 18 scenes before hitting F9 to start the benchmark.

Additional Items:
There are more things that you can do to try for a slightly better score. These items are unlikely to get you a large score increase, but depending on your setup, they might help.

1) Ctrl-Shift-Esc will bring up your Windows Task manager. On the Process tab you can shut down any unnecessary ones. You can find a guide to processes and also turning off other items at blackviper.com.
2) If you have many programs starting with windows you can make adjustments to them by going to the start button search window and typing msconfig. On the Startup tab you may notice programs automatically starting that are not necessary.
3) Some benchers may create a separate Windows installation with just the bare minimum of components, and no unnecessary programs or utilities.
4) You can optimize your hard drive by trying a few tweaks. Here is guide for Windows 7:
https://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
and one for Windows 8:
https://www.overclock.net/t/1240779/seans-windows-8-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds
5) You can try increasing the priority of the Valley process. To do that start the benchmark in windowed mode, then use ctrl-shift-esc to bring up the Task Manger. Right click on the Valley.exe process, move to Set Priority and click Realtime. Then click Change Priority to confirm in the pop up window. You can also stop the explorer.exe process (or others) by right clicking and choosing End Process, and confirming the pop up. To bring back explorer, click File>New Task(Run…) then enter explorer.exe in the Open: box and click OK. After closing Task Manger, go back to Valley hit Esc, then you can click Full Screen on the Settings tab to resume the benchmark.


Any suspicious scores using windows 8 may not count for submission unless you can reproduce the score in windows 7
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You ran that at 1440p! tongue.gif

Also, looking at the results so far I'd say CF is not working yet...


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You ran that at 1440p! tongue.gif

Also, looking at the results so far I'd say CF is not working yet...

No cfx...
What res do you require?


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Need some more data but I can't believe the 670 is that much faster than the 7970! Will probably have to work out the bugs in this bench before we can have reliable numbers...


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No cfx...
What res do you require?

Settings are in the OP.


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Settings are in the OP.

Why not the Extreme HD preset?


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Need some more data but I can't believe the 670 is that much faster than the 7970! Will probably have to work out the bugs in this bench before we can have reliable numbers...

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