EzBench is a new and free Unreal Engine 5 benchmark

Unreal Engine 5 has been formally released and there are many games in development that make use of its impressive features. There are several demo demos, including the beautiful Matrix Awakens demonstration. As gamers know, stunning graphics takes a lot of your hardware, and if you’ve been eager to see how Unreal Engine 5 games perform on your PC, now’s your chance, thanks to EzBench, a free Unreal Engine 5 benchmark.

It is available as a free download on Steam (thanks to Computer Base to the tip). It includes 8K textures, support for ray tracing and it goes without saying that it will bring your system to its knees. It takes place on a small island and is designed as a demanding stress test of your system, however the developers note that it is a work in progress and properly optimized UE5 games will run better than EzBench.

Developers recommend an Intel 7th Gen CPU or equivalent and GTX 1080 or equivalent GPU, but to run it with ray tracing you will need an RTX 20 series GPU or Radeon RX 6000 series. Recommended VRAM requirement is 8GB. This gives us a hint at what upcoming games might require, at least if you want to play with high-res textures and all the details displayed.

The download might be free, but these textures mean it’s a large download at 19.5GB. Imagine how big a full game will be!

Unreal Engine 5 is developed by Epic Games. It is set to be used by several major titles, including STALKER 2: Heart of Chornobylone new tomb Raider Game and CD Projekt Red’s new wizard game. Admittedly, these games are a long way from release, but with popular franchises like these embracing Unreal Engine 5, the future looks bright.

UE5 supports PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. It has a set of tools that bring us closer to photorealistic games and does it with relative ease for game developers. Its new fluid and particle dynamics and physics engine make me very excited for the next generation of games. You’ll also want a fast SSD as it’s designed to support Microsoft direct storage and their console equivalents.

If nothing else, EzBench will plant a seed that to get the most out of UE5 games, an RTX 40 or RDNA 3 series upgrade could be in your future. It will be mine for sure.

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