Basemark Releases GPUScore: Relic of Life, a New Ray-Tracing-Focused Cross-API Benchmark


Looking to measure how capable your rig is when it comes to ray tracing and other fancy new rendering techniques? Well, Basemark has released a new benchmark, entitled Relic of Life, designed to test out the latest visual bells and whistles, including ray-traced reflections (with multiple bounces), ray-traced global illumination, physically-based rendering, and more. All the major APIs are supported, including Vulkan 1.2, DirectX 12, Metal, and more. You check out a quick video of Relic of Life in action, below.

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Not the most visually-appealing thing I’ve ever seen, but it’s designed to test your hardware, not be a grand artistic achievement. Relic of Life is part of Basemark’s new GPUScore benchmark suite. Two more benchmarks, “Sacred Path” for mid-level GPUs and “The Expedition” for mobile devices, are also planned. Basemark claims their benchmarks are run on a frame-by-frame basis, resulting in more consistent, repeatable results. Here’s more information on the Relic of Life benchmark…

GPUScore: Relic of Life is a graphics benchmark that utilizes real-time raytracing. It is aimed for PC’s and laptops that have a raytracing capable graphics card. Relic of Life supports both DirectX 12 and Vulkan 1.2 graphics API’s. The content of Relic of Life represents the last chapter in the GPUScore storyline.

  • Supported graphics API’s: DirectX 12 and Vulkan 1.2
  • Rendering resolution: 2560 x 1440
  • Maximum texture resolution: 4096 x 4096
  • Texture compression: BC7

Technical Features

  • Ray-traced Reflections, multiple bounces
  • Ray-traced Global Illumination
  • Physically Based Rendering
  • Ground Truth Ambient Occlusion (GTAO)
  • Temporal Anti-Aliasing (TAA)
  • Volumetric Lighting
  • Bone and Vertex Animations

System Requirements

  • Graphics card with ray tracing support
  • Graphics driver with DXR or Vulkan Raytracing support
  • Windows 10, Windows 11 or Linux operating system
  • Processor utilizing x86_64 architecture
  • 12 GB of RAM
  • 6 GB of video RAM

You know you can’t resist seeing how your system measures up. You can download the Relic of Life benchmark for Windows 10, 11, or Linux systems, right here.