VRMark is a relatively new benchmark aimed at those that might be thinking about buying an HTC Vive or an Oculus Rift and knowing what hardware will give them the best VR gaming experience. VRMark includes two VR benchmark tests that run on your monitor, no headset required, or on a connected HMD. At the end of each test, you’ll see whether your PC is VR ready, and if not, how far it falls short.
The Orange Room benchmark shows the impressive level of detail that can be achieved on a PC that meets the recommended hardware requirements for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. If your PC passes this test, it’s ready for the two most popular VR systems available today. The orange room rendering resolution is 2264 x 1348, which is 1132 x 1348 per eye and the target desktop frame rate is 109 FPS.
Benchmark Results: The NVIDIA Titan Xp was barely faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in the VRMark Orange room benchmark and that is likely because we are getting to the point that we are CPU limited since the frame rate is nearing 300 FPS. The goal in this benchmark is to get 109 FPS as that is the number deemed ‘needed’ for VR gaming. A single Titan Xp more than doubles that requirement!
The Blue Room is designed to be a more intense test with a rendering resolution of 5012 x 2880 (5K) and the goal is for a desktop PC to maintain a consistent frame rate of 109 FPS or above without dropping frames to pass this test.
Benchmark Results: The VRMark Blue Room is much tougher on GPUs and none pass this test. The Titan Xp scored just below 70 FPS, so it shows that 5K VR game titles are still a generation or two away from being possible with acceptable frame rates on a game engine like the one used in this benchmark tool.