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Futuremark’s 3DMark Portal Royal, The First Official Ray Tracing Benchmark Now Available

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Jan 9
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Futuremark has finally released the first official Ray Tracing benchmark, the 3DMark Port Royal. The latest benchmark supports the Microsoft DirectX Raytracing (DXR) API and let’s you compare ray tracing performance of any graphics card that supports Ray Tracing.

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The Futuremark 3DMark Port Royal is the first official benchmark to support Ray Tracing. It makes use of Ray Tracing to enhance reflections, shadows, and other effects that are difficult to achieve with traditional rendering techniques. It also let’s use evaluate if your system is capable to handle ray tracing in upcoming titles at reasonable frame rates.

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3DMark Port Royal, DirectX Raytracing benchmark

Real-time ray tracing promises to bring new levels of realism to in-game graphics. Port Royal uses DirectX Raytracing to enhance reflections, shadows, and other effects that are difficult to achieve with traditional rendering techniques.

As well as benchmarking performance, 3DMark Port Royal is a realistic and practical example of what to expect from ray tracing in upcoming games—ray tracing effects running in real-time at reasonable frame rates at 2560 × 1440 resolution.
3DMark Port Royal was developed with input from AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, and other leading technology companies. We worked especially closely with Microsoft to create a first-class implementation of the DirectX Raytracing API.

Port Royal will run on any graphics card with drivers that support DirectX Raytracing. As with any new technology, there are limited options for early adopters, but more cards are expected to get DirectX Raytracing support in 2019.

Some quick notes about the 3DMark Port Royal, it uses a rendering resolution of 2560 x 1440 and the engine is based around the DirectX 12 (Feature Level 12_1) API. It will only be available in the advanced version of the 3DMark benchmark suite and will only run on cards that have certification of DXR through Microsoft. To date, only NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 series graphics cards have this certification so only they are supported. To run Port Royal, you’d need:

  • Windows 10 October 2018 Update (1809)
  • Latest Graphics Drivers With Support For Microsoft DXR

The 3DMark Portal Royal benchmark is available right now in 3Dmark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional edition. You can unlock the benchmark for $2.99 US if you’re an Advanced Edition users while Professional edition users get access to it for free. For those who want to try out the new benchmark, you could purchase the 3DMark benchmark suite from Steam or UL Benchmarks website through the following links:

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3DMark Advanced Edition, USD $29.99 

From today onward, Port Royal is included in the price when you buy 3DMark from Steam or the UL Benchmarks website.

3DMark Port Royal upgrade, USD $2.99

If you already own 3DMark Advanced Edition, you can unlock Port Royal by purchasing the Port Royal upgrade for USD $2.99. Read more about 3DMark updates and upgrades here.

3DMark Professional Edition

Port Royal is available as a free update for 3DMark Professional Edition customers with a valid annual license. Customers with an older, perpetual Professional Edition license will need to purchase an annual license to unlock Port Royal.

For those who are trying out the new benchmark now, you can post your scores in the comments below for comparison with others in the community.

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