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Intel-powered ray tracing is now ready for real-world testing in the World of Tanks EnCore tech demo

Intel-powered ray tracing is now ready for real-world testing in the World of Tanks EnCore tech demo, available now. Injecting realistic shadows into the game has been the responsibility of Bronislav Sviglo and his team, so we’ve spoken to the devs to find out just how its DX11 ray tracing implementation in the EnCore engine works without the need for any dedicated silicon.

Real-time ray tracing has crept into the public eye ever since Nvidia launched its RTX 20-series graphics cards. Featuring dedicated ray tracing hardware, or RT Cores, these GPUs have been the only ticket to realistic shadows, reflections, and lighting since their inception. But no longer, the World of Tanks devs are trying a different approach, one which leverages your under-utilised multi-core CPU and doesn’t require Microsoft DXR, DirectX 12, or an Nvidia RTX GPU.

“So we’re trying to utilise all we’ve got – all the computational resources that we’ve got,” Sviglo says to PCGamesN. “We thought that it would be wise to utilise all of that because in the games that use hardware acceleration, they use the GPU for BVH (bounding volume hierarchy) construction. So they put a lot of pressure on the GPU. We wanted to distribute that among the CPU and GPU.”

Ray tracing has a profound impact on frame rates, notably dipping performance on even the best graphics cards with dedicated ray tracing silicon. Unsuited to the World of Tanks audience – who are often more parsimonious about their PC builds – the devs set about instead distributing the ray tracing workload to under-utilised silicon in your PC under gaming workloads: the CPU, or at least some of its cores.

While CPU core counts are increasing, game engines have yet to catch up. Single-threaded performance in-game often outweighs any benefit of vast quantities of logical cores on chip. Hence why Intel’s eight-core i9 9900K outpaces AMD’s 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X during gaming benchmarks. Stay tuned to and we will be the first one to inform you all the latest. Besides, our website also offer Cheap WOT Gold for players.