GL_vs_VK is a comparison of OpenGL and Vulkan APIs in simple performance micro-benchmarks.

To run this test with the Phoronix Test Suite, the basic command is: phoronix-test-suite benchmark gl-vs-vk.

Project Site

Test Created

5 June 2017

Test Maintainer

Michael Larabel 

Test Type


Average Install Time

1 Minute, 27 Seconds

Average Run Time

1 Minute, 16 Seconds

Test Dependencies

C/C++ Compiler Toolchain + Vulkan + CMake + X.Org Development + Git


50k+ Downloads

Supported Platforms

Public Result Uploads *Reported Installs **Reported Test Completions **Test Profile Page Views ***OpenBenchmarking.orgEventsGL-vs-VK Popularity Statisticspts/gl-vs-vk2017.062017.082017.102017.122018.022018.042018.062018.082018.102018.122019.022019.042019.062019.082019.102019.122020.022020.042020.062020.082020.102020.122021.022021.042021.062021.082021.102021.122022.022022.042022.062022.082022.102022.122023.022023.042023.062023.089001800270036004500
* Uploading of benchmark result data to is always optional (opt-in) via the Phoronix Test Suite for users wishing to share their results publicly.
** Data based on those opting to upload their test results to and users enabling the opt-in anonymous statistics reporting while running benchmarks from an Internet-connected platform.
*** Test profile page view reporting began March 2021.
Data updated weekly as of 28 September 2023.
Static Scene43.8%Shadow Mapping27.9%Terrain With Dynamic LoD28.3%Test Option
OpenGL39.1%Vulkan60.9%API Option
No53.9%Yes46.1%Multi-Threaded Option

Revision History

pts/gl-vs-vk-1.0.0   [View Source]   Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:17:51 GMT
Initial commit of this OpenGL vs. Vulkan micro-benchmark

Performance Metrics

Analyze Test Configuration:

GL-vs-VK 2017-06-05

Test: Static Scene - API: Vulkan - Multi-Threaded: Yes metrics for this test profile configuration based on 87 public results since 5 June 2017 with the latest data as of 23 June 2023.

Additional benchmark metrics will come after has collected a sufficient data-set.

OpenBenchmarking.orgDistribution Of Public Results - Test: Static Scene - API: Vulkan - Multi-Threaded: Yes87 Results Range From 5 To 243 Frame Time - ms52035506580951101251401551701852002152302451020304050

Based on data, the selected test / test configuration (GL-vs-VK 2017-06-05 - Test: Static Scene - API: Vulkan - Multi-Threaded: Yes) has an average run-time of 2 minutes. By default this test profile is set to run at least 3 times but may increase if the standard deviation exceeds pre-defined defaults or other calculations deem additional runs necessary for greater statistical accuracy of the result.

OpenBenchmarking.orgMinutesTime Required To Complete BenchmarkTest: Static Scene - API: Vulkan - Multi-Threaded: YesRun-Time246810Min: 1 / Avg: 1.04 / Max: 3

Based on public results, the selected test / test configuration has an average standard deviation of 0.3%.

OpenBenchmarking.orgPercent, Fewer Is BetterAverage Deviation Between RunsTest: Static Scene - API: Vulkan - Multi-Threaded: YesDeviation246810Min: 0 / Avg: 0.29 / Max: 2

Notable Instruction Set Usage

Notable instruction set extensions supported by this test, based on an automatic analysis by the Phoronix Test Suite / analytics engine.

Instruction Set
Instructions Detected
Used by default on supported hardware.
Last automated analysis: 17 January 2022

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Tested CPU Architectures

This benchmark has been successfully tested on the below mentioned architectures. The CPU architectures listed is where successful result uploads occurred, namely for helping to determine if a given test is compatible with various alternative CPU architectures.

CPU Architecture
Kernel Identifier
Verified On
Intel / AMD x86 64-bit
(Many Processors)

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