New Ray Tracing test from 3DMark
UL Solution has released a new graphics benchmark for that will work across many platforms.
Solar Bay does not aim to replace existing benchmarks like Port Royal or the recently introduced Speed Way. Those benchmarks are designed for the PC platform and high-end systems equipped to accelerate ray tracing computations using high-end GPUs. However, as ray tracing becomes mainstream and mobile processors now become capable of showing even more stunning graphics with this technology, the need for more benchmarks increases.
UL Solar Bay is the new cross-platform benchmark featuring a complex and demanding ray traced scene in real time. The benchmark is split over three stages with each section having increased ray tracing workload by 100% linearly. The test is meant to show “device’s ability, for instance performance for a short period of time”. This is intended to mimic mobile games which have gameplay with short bursts of activity, claims UL.
It looks like the benchmark was inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope which has high-resolution and sensitive equipment combined with 18 hexagonal mirrors.
We ran a quick test with GeForce RTX 4090 and Samsung S23 Ultra, and assuming that ‘graphics’ and ‘overall’ scores are comparable, then RTX 4090 is 24.5x times faster:
In addition to the GPU test, UL is introducing a Stress Test that utilizes the same scene. However, this Stress Test will extend for a duration of 20 minutes and will provide a comprehensive chart displaying results after the test. This feature could prove valuable for evaluating the performance sustainability of mobile devices that may encounter difficulties in maintaining consistent performance levels during extended periods of operation.
The benchmark is now available on Android and on Windows through EPIC and Steam platforms. The Android version is free, while PC version needs an update for those who already own the benchmark.