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3DMark has Two New Benchmarks Announced

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Since 2013, Futuremark, now owned by UL Benchmarks, has added several new tests to the current version of 3DMark. These new tests include ones for DirectX 12, test 4K performance, and the ability to stress test systems. Now the company has announced the next two tests coming to the benchmark suite, and their targets are systems with DX12 capable integrated graphics and ray tracing.

The Night Raid benchmark is being designed to measure the performance of laptops, tablets, and other mobile devices, including Always Connected PC that use Windows 10 on ARM. We can expect Night Raid to release in early October.

The ray tracing benchmark does not have a special title yet, but is being designed to work with any system capable of DirectX Ray Tracing, DXR. It will combine real-time ray tracing with existing techniques and is being developed with input from AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA, as part of the company's Benchmark Development Program. UL Benchmarks is also working closely with Microsoft to ensure the implementation of DXR is the best it can be. For anyone wondering, NVIDIA's RTX technologies are compliant with and applied above DXR, and so RTX is not needed to support DXR; it should provide acceleration, at the least. The ray tracing benchmark should be released in Q4 2018, so by the end of the year.



Source: UL Benchmarks

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