(Tested) A New Dawn: NVIDIA DX11 Tech-Demo for GTX 600 Released



A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo



After some early details about this demo, NVIDIA has released A New Dawn, the first tech-demo for Kepler-based graphics cards. This Direct3D 11 demo targets GeForce GTX 670, GTX 680 and GTX 690 but it works also on Fermi-based cards.

In 2002, NVIDIA released a demo called Dawn to demonstrate the power and programmability of GeForce FX. It showcased a fairy character of extraordinary detail, seamless curves, and lifelike expressions. Among the many technology demos NVIDIA has released before and since, Dawn has remained the most memorable. It was the first time a fully animated and totally credible character was brought to life in real time. Even today, many games have yet to realize a character with Dawn’s level of detail.

Fast forward ten years, and NVIDIA has brought back Dawn once again, in a demo simply titled “A New Dawn.” A New Dawn is designed to showcase the graphical possibilities on the latest generation of Kepler based GPUs.

In A New Dawn, the demo starts not with the main character, but with a sweeping overview of a lush rainforest. As our character comes into view, we find her swinging on a vine in her new tree home. The tree is rendered to the finest level of detail using DirectX 11 tessellation. At its peak, over four million triangles are used to showcase Dawn’s environment.

Dawn’s skin has also received a complete overhaul. Human skin is one of the trickiest materials to simulate. Unlike a concrete object that only absorbs or transmits light, human skin is more akin to a block of jelly; light enters, jiggles around in multiple layers of skin and flesh, and exits in a new direction due to sub-surface scattering.

The original Dawn demo was the first to show a fully credible, 3D character in real time. The Nalu demo added detailed, physically simulated hair. The Adrianne Curry demo pushed the limits of realism in skin shading. A New Dawn demo is a synthesis of all of these demos, as well as over a decade of techniques and advancement made in the realm of realtime 3D graphics.

You can download the demo from THIS PAGE. A detailled article about the demo can be found here: A New Dawn DirectX 11 Demo Available For Download.

I tested the demo with an EVGA GeForce GTX 680. At full-hd resolution (1920×1080, Ultra Mode ON), the demo ran at around 25 FPS. The demo is very cool and graphics are nice. You can control several parameters like day light, depth of field or hair stiffness.

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

A New Dawn, NVIDIA GTX 600 tech-demo

Source: Geeks3D forum





21 thoughts on “(Tested) A New Dawn: NVIDIA DX11 Tech-Demo for GTX 600 Released”

  1. Zibri

    Very strange thing happens with my DUAL GTX 580 setup.

    After clicking OK at the config screen (or running directly dawn64.exe) I get an error that dxgidebug.dll is missing.

    After clicking cancel the demo runs.

  2. Zibri

    Hmm it seems only the 64bit version asks for that dll (which is not present in my system since it’s a dll from DX11 SDK).

    Anyhow, the demo runs at 25 fps at 1920×1200 and almost 18 fps at 2560×1600.

    (Dual GTX 580 SLI setup)

  3. WacKEDmaN

    “The in-app Ultra Mode toggle that disables subdivision on Dawn, turns off post-process streak effects, reduces render target dimensions, and lowers the accuracy of shaders, resulting in a smooth frame rate on single-GPU Kepler systems.”

    so the ultra mode is not as gpu intensive?
    what fps is the 680 hittin in “normal” mode?

  4. WacKEDmaN

    i would advise against running this on fermi…
    atleast on any 4xx card.. on the first run on default settings, the first thing i noticed… high pitch squeel comming from the card during loading!..
    2nd.. after loading..sound played but the loading screen remained.. system unresponsive..required reboot…
    3nd..after reboot and changing the settings to 1280×1024 windowed… the demo ran but it was verrry slow.. 5-10fps!..
    4th..the memory required by this demo maxes out on my card..all 1280mb used at 1280×1024!..probably explains why it locked up at 1920×1080!

  5. komar

    explains why it locked up at 1920×1080!

    what are you talking about.. im running the demo on my gtx 690 without inconvenience in 3200x1800p downscaled to 1080p … 25 fps with the 690 oced to 1250/1850 … sli scaling could be better .

    ULtra 1080p stock – 50/60 fps avg with 690 oced.

    demo is awesome on 65’HDTV

  6. WacKEDmaN

    what am i talkin about?…
    if you read you’ll see im talking about a fermi card..470 to be exact.. they dont have as much onboard memory as your dual core 690.. 1280MB compaired to 2GB per core…

    still yet to see fps of 6xx series with ULTRA mode OFF.. as ULTRA mode is not exactly ultra!.. it actually disables subdivision, turns off post-processed streak effects, reduces render target dimensions, and lowers the accuracy of shaders…
    atleast thats what im seeing on my card.. it runs a couple of fps faster with ULTRA ON..

  7. michael kitchen

    Hay Zibri, the gtx680 is faster than your gtx580 x2 setup, at 1920×1080 i get an easy 34fps, and don’t forget this my gtx680 is a 4gb card the gtx580 is old hat now, so i don’t dream at 30fps its 34fps and i am wide awake mate :)

  8. DrBalthar

    I see all that extra polygons went straight to the T&A in this demo. Otherwise rather boring and uninspiring just like the original one.

  9. komar

    The in-app Ultra Mode toggle that disables subdivision on Dawn, turns off post-process streak effects, reduces render target dimensions, and lowers the accuracy of shaders, resulting in a smooth frame rate on single-GPU Kepler systems.”

    will check that tonight but i think there is a mistake, in fact it should be the contrary.

  10. komar

    See specs’s rig…

    GPU: GTX 670 or 680 (GTX 670 SLI, GTX 680 SLI, or GTX 690 recommended for Ultra mode)

    Oviously the ultra mode toogle (word is missing) …that disable…..

    so it switch off all the optimisations done for smooth frame running on single kepler gpu.

    Qui Pro quo !

  11. samsi

    R.I.P. AMD for making crappy demos lately…
    Nvidia here I come

    And i’m waiting for nude patch :mrgreen:

  12. applejack

    “And i’m waiting for nude patch :mrgreen:

    @samsi, closest you can get to nudity is by going to wireframe (press TAB), then toggle Ultra mode on/off.

    what happens is clothes and stuff stays wireframe while body fully exposed.
    you’ll have to settle on that bikini leaf though 😀

  13. Psolord

    @lukasteo

    I tried it on my 5850 Crossfire mate, with CFX on/off and the darn thing just hangs. I mean the whole system hangs. It needs a hard reset!

    Jesus I haven’t seen such a grave hang on my computers for years!

    In any case I tried. Sorry.

  14. darkcg

    michael kitchen: A GTX 680 faster than dual GTX 580 SLI? Eheheheh. Dude, you can’t even read some basic benchmarks? A single GTX 680 card is 25-30% faster than a single GTX 580. A dual GTX 580 SLI setup completely destroy your single GTX 680 setup. Please learn to read benchmarks. Until then, you don’t deserve an high end card.

  15. lukasteo

    @Psolord

    Thx and sorry for trouble…
    BTW TroudhuK made a new patch on old link

  16. Macca

    darkcg says:

    2012/08/05 at 04:34

    “michael kitchen: A GTX 680 faster than dual GTX 580 SLI? Eheheheh. Dude, you can’t even read some basic benchmarks? A single GTX 680 card is 25-30% faster than a single GTX 580. A dual GTX 580 SLI setup completely destroy your single GTX 680 setup. Please learn to read benchmarks. Until then, you don’t deserve an high end card.”

    Spot on, A single 680 is not even as fast as my 480’s in SLI and is the reason I am waiting for the true 580GTX replacement
    , Not this rebadged midrange being sold as high end. Give us the real 500mm2 GTX’s thanks

  17. Reiverblade

    oh well old thread by now but i wanted to add 3 test setup
    all on a Phenom II X4 955 @4.2 8gig corsair 1600
    1st MSI N460GTX Hawk 910/1050 19-25ish fps
    2nd Zotac GTX480 AMP! 850/1025 25-32ish fps
    3rd XFX R7950DD 1000/1550 32-39ish fps (patched)

    all with the Ultra mode activated (and i got 10-19fps with my old but faithfull EVGA GTX460 FTW… MSI did a real good job with the Hawk version xD)

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