If you’re looking into other methods to gauge the real-time ray tracing performance of your newly purchased RTX 20 series graphcis card, you should check out the 3DMark Port Royal by UL Benchmarks. It’s currently the world’s first dedicated real-time ray tracing benchmark for gamers, now available from UL and Steam.

You can use Port Royal to test and compare the real-time ray tracing performance of any graphics card that supports Microsoft DirectX Raytracing, that includes multi-GPU systems.

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.

You can find a detailed description of the tests, scoring methods, and system requirements in the 3DMark Technical Guide.

UL Benchmarks 3DMark Port Royal

Available now

Port Royal is available now in 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition. It is not possible to run Port Royal in 3DMark Basic Edition or the 3DMark Demo on Steam.

To run Port Royal, you’ll need the Windows 10 October Update and a graphics card with drivers that support Microsoft DirectX Raytracing.

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.

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