Starting next month, PC reviewers and consumers who own a copy of 3DMark will receive a new test program. The benchmark is called 3DMark Port Royal, and compared to Fire Strike or Time Spy, the new benchmark is primarily designed to test graphics card and that is compatible with the new DirectX Ray-tracing (DXR) API.
As per UL Benchmarks’s official statement Port Royal was developing through input primarily provided by AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA. Along with other leading technology companies. Additionally, the benchmark software maker had also worked with Microsoft in order create a “first-class implementation” of the DXR API.
To date, the only graphics cards that are capable of performing real-time ray-tracing in games are NVIDIA’s own GeForce RTX series graphics cards. This includes the GeForce RTX 2070, RTX 2080, and RTX 2080 Ti.
3DMark Port Royal will officially be available to the public as early as January 2019. That said, UL Benchmarks will first showcase the new benchmark during the GALAX GOC Grand Final event. Taking place on 8 December in Vietnam.
(Source: UL Benchmarks)