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Welcome to the newest frontier in gaming: battles and scenes at the scale of armies and fleets, all active at once with no trickery around loading screens or off-screen abstractions. Star Swarm is a real-time demo of Oxide Games’ Nitrous engine, which pits two AI-controlled fleets against each other in a furious space battle.
Release Date: Jan 30, 2014
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Star Swarm June 2014 Update

June 26th, 2014

Oxide Games has released a new update for their Star Swarm stress test today on Steam. Changes include:

  • Fixed full screen mantle mode. Before it was actually a full screen window, now it gets exclusive full screen ownership similar to D3D. This will increase the performance of Mantle in Full screen mode to be in line with what D3D is doing.
  • Added some expiremental Mantle optimizations. We are starting to see the command processor on the GPU become saturated, so we have added an expiremental feature to minimize the GPU command processor. This addes a bit of CPU overhead but increases perf up to 15% in some cases.
  • Updated Nitrous engine to current build. Among the improvements, load times will be much faster after the initial load. Star Swarm is a good test for our unannounced upcoming title.

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AMD Mantle Driver Download

Download AMD's Mantle driver here (Graphics Core Next-based hardware required). Mantle is optional; Star Swarm supports DirectX 11 compatible video cards.

Quotes

“The Star Swarm benchmark shows what's possible when an engine has been designed to from the ground up to take advantage of the new [Mantle] API.”
PC Gamer

“The Star Swarm benchmark uses Oxide Games' Nitrous engine to render a glorious multi-thousand-ship battle in space that will bring your PC to its knees.”
The Escapist

“Useful if you want to benchmark and compare hardware, or if you just straight up want to look at some pretty laser beams and explosions.”
Kotaku

About the Software

Welcome to the newest frontier in gaming: battles and scenes at the scale of armies and fleets, all active at once with no trickery around loading screens or off-screen abstractions.

Star Swarm is a real-time demo of Oxide Games’ Nitrous engine, which pits two AI-controlled fleets against each other in a furious space battle. Originally conceived as an internal stress test, Oxide decided to release Star Swarm so that the public can share our vision of what we think the future of gaming can be. The simulation in Star Swarm shows off Nitrous’ ability to have thousands of individual units onscreen at once, each running their own physics, AI, pathfinding, and threat assessments.

Note that Star Swarm is not a deterministic simulation -- the AI and everything else is being computed in real time, so you will get slightly different results from multiple executions even on the same hardware. Unfortunately, achieving 100% determinism with the highly threaded nature of the Nitrous engine is an unrealistic goal.

The Nitrous engine is already in use for three games currently in production: an unannounced title from Oxide Games, Stardock’s Star Control reboot, and Mohawk Games’ upcoming game codenamed Mars. Nitrous is also available for licensing to interested game developers.

You’ve got to see it to believe it. Download Star Swarm for free now to see what your gaming PC can do with the next-generation Nitrous engine.

Key Features

  • Up to 10,000+ units onscreen at once – Imagine what kind of games can be made when developers can count on simulating battles and scenes at this scale
  • First look at AMD’s Mantle technology – See the performance benefits of AMD’s new API layer for yourself if you have compatible (Graphics Core Next-based) hardware
  • Benchmark mode generates performance information – Since Star Swarm is a dynamic simulation rather than a canned demo, run it several times to see what Nitrous’ real-world gaming performance is on your machine
  • Film-style rendering – Nitrous uses Object Space Lighting, which renders objects onscreen using the same techniques used by the film industry, including real-time film quality motion blur, on your PC

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit / Windows 8 64-bit
    • Processor: Quad-Core Processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB VRAM (Dedicated) DirectX 11 Compatible Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Mantle Benchmark requires an AMD Radeon 7x00 Series Video Card or Better and the AMD Mantle drivers.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
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8 reviews
0.4 hrs on record
Had my average FPS increase from 30 to 42, when using Mantle, at maxed out settings, so I'm pretty happy with the results. Hopefully, the developers won't get payed off by NVIDIA and use this great new technology to make true next-gen titles.

My setup:

Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K @ 4,7GHz;
Memory: 8GB (2x 4GB) Corsair Vengeance DDR3-2200;
Video card: ATI Radeon HD 7950, 3GB GDDR5 (384 Bit) (Core: 1100MHz / Memory: 1550MHz)
Posted: February 28th, 2014
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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"Unable to initialize Graphics system.
Video card unsupported."

WELP, THAT'S ENOUGH PROOF FOR ME.
Posted: July 29th, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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A pretty good stress test. This Star Swarm stress test I found while looking at some free tools I could use, is really one of the better stress tests I have seen. Its free so you can try it at your leisure, if your game still runs normally once you get 5000+ units on screen at once, you are prepared.
Posted: June 18th, 2014
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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0.2 hrs on record
Didn't push my system at all. Processor only averaged ~20% usage, does not take advantage of SLI (yet), and didn't even make that one card sweat. It will be interesting to see what this engine hold for the future of gaming though.


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Oxide Games
Star Swarm Stress Test - ©2013
C:\Users\Admin\Documents\Star Swarm\Output_14_03_05_1947.txt
Version 1.10
03/05/2014 19:47
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== Hardware Configuration =================================
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
CPU: GenuineIntel
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz
Physical Cores: 4
Logical Cores: 8
Physical Memory: 34295431168
Allocatable Memory: 8796092891136
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== Configuration ==========================================
API: DirectX
Scenario: ScenarioFollow.csv
User Input: Disabled
Resolution: 1920x1080
Fullscreen: True
GameCore Update: 16.6 ms
Bloom Quality: High
PointLight Quality: High
ToneCurve Quality: High
Glare Overdraw: 16
Shading Samples: 64
Shade Quality: Mid
Deferred Contexts: Disabled
Temporal AA Duration: 16
Temporal AA Time Slice: 2
Detailed Frame Info: Off
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== Results ================================================
Test Duration: 360 Seconds
Total Frames: 14655

Average FPS: 40.71
Average Unit Count: 4180
Maximum Unit Count: 5592
Average Batches/MS: 803.68
Maximum Batches/MS: 2414.78
Average Batch Count: 21670
Maximum Batch Count: 109344
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Posted: March 5th, 2014
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
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6 reviews
0.2 hrs on record
NVIDIA graphic card doesn't work.
Posted: June 18th, 2014
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
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1 review
0.2 hrs on record
Cool benchmark, reminds me of EVE, but you get to see 5000 ships all at once!
Posted: February 6th, 2014
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