UL Benchmarks made an announcement recently about including two new 3DMark test suite for testing currently available graphics cards. Each of two graphics benchmark suite has a specific workload- one to test on-chip graphics performance on the CPU and another to test real-time Ray Tracing workloads.
Our review- or the lack of it!
As everybody knows by now Nvidia launched RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti. Unfortunately, we cannot get our hands on one of them yet because Nvidia India has taken non-reference review units from its partners and controlling the flow of information. Eventually, we will get one- or a few. It has reached to a point where Nvidia removed our email from their product update mailing list- atleast for graphics card launches. We also came to know one of its employees uses his charm to tell other brands how we bash brands. Wow, talk about being salty to the extreme.
Its a game of who is ready to shill out over here, unfortunately. We pointed one during the GTX 10 series launch. HardOCP talked about it from their end. We rather stay reader-centric who are in turn their buyers. On the other hand, it is their product, their review unit. They have no obligation towards Hardware BBQ and its readers the same way we have for you. But there are reviews who were very upfront about the RTX 2080 Ti and 2080.
The un-named DXR benchmark…
This will be UL Benchmark’s (formerly Futuremark) first testing suite for the DirectX RayTracing (DXR). The company said:
Later this year, we will release a new 3DMark benchmark test that combines real-time ray tracing with existing techniques to enhance reflections and other effects. The benchmark will run on any system that supports the DirectX Ray Tracing API.
The new benchmark is being developed with input from our Benchmark Development Program partners including AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, and other leading technology companies. We are working especially closely with Microsoft to create a first-class implementation of the DirectX Ray Tracing API.
As of now, UL Benchmarks need to decide on the name of its DXR benchmark.
Night Raid Benchmark
The other test is called ‘Night Raid’ which is a specific DX12 test for integrated graphics ranging from desktops, notebooks and similar portable computing devices. Tests new tests are expected to roll out for 3DMark benchmarks by Q4 2018. UL Benchmarks did offer us to check the new benchmarking suite provided we have the hardware. But as you can see by now…
Two new @ul_benchmarks @3DMark benchmarks coming soon for #RayTracing and integrated graphics https://t.co/tVnl6IoMjD via @hardwarebbq #pcgaming #pcmr #nvidia #radeon #technews #pctech #pc #diypc #pcgamer #pcgaming
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) September 21, 2018