3DMark 11 tech demo released, third quarter launch expected

By on May 24, 2010, 8:14 PM
With both major GPU camps now shipping DirectX 11 products, Futuremark Studios is preparing to roll out a new version of 3DMark with support for the latest standard. To build up some hype for the launch, the company has just released a "Deep Sea" video tech preview of MSI-branded submarines exploring the depths of dark waters.

The teaser is visually impressive, showing Futuremark's DirectX 11 engine running within an early build of 3DMark 11, complete with tessellation, depth of field, volumetric lighting, DirectCompute, and multi-threading in use:

The popular synthetic benchmark is often used in video card reviews around the Web (including our own), so its release, set for the third quarter, should make some noise. Pricing is unclear at this point, though a free version is expected. 3DMark Vantage, the version that is presently available, costs $6.95, $19.95, and $995 depending on the edition.

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Guest said:

Titanic, anyone?

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Certainly looks better than the undersea film from the Gulf of Mexico...maybe BP should ask MSI for a loan of the submersibles!

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

That is one hella impressive video...

Guest said:

My computer is struggling to run the video at steady frame rate let around render it real time.

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

someone's video card is going to explode.

Guest said:

When you say "3DMark 11 tech demo released", you expect a downloadable demo that you can run, not a movie posted on YouTube...

Puiu Puiu said:

@Guest: It's a "tech demo", not a demo of the program. There's a big difference between the two.

Guest said:

Wow, that's amazing. A curly wall and some rust. I'm impressed. /end sarcasm

In other news, an entire generation of young overclockers will now have to upgrade their video cards again to triple GTX 480 SLI, just to run this benchmark smoothly, since it's all they do anyway. Really, Nvidia and ATI should be kissing Futuremark's feet for constantly driving up their sales.

*suit on

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

OK, i am now looking forward to a game engine that actually uses DX11! That looks fantastic! and if early rumors are to be true, Nvidia might be the way to go! (please note i'm not an nvidia fan, please do not slaughter me like one) :P

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

OK, i am now looking forward to a game engine that actually uses DX11!

I presume you mean a ground up DX11 game (i.e. designed primarily for DX11/tesselation ), which would make Primal Carnage based on Unigen (Heaven benchmark engine) probably the first title released.

Puiu Puiu said:

What about Alien Vs Predator? Isn't it built for DX11, with better performance in DX11 mode than in DX9?

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I mean a game engine that is built from the ground up primarily based around the DX11 API.

Look at the lighting and textures in that video! thats insane!

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