Futuremark releases basic and advanced 3DMark 11

By on December 7, 2010, 10:41 AM
Futuremark has released the latest version of what is arguably the most popular 3D and system benchmarking suite on the market. 3DMark 11 is designed to measure the performance of DirectX 11 hardware running on Windows 7 and Windows Vista; it uses a native DirectX 11 engine created in-house by the company. The benchmark includes six new benchmark tests that make extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders, and multi-threading.

As in previous versions, your PC's performance is determined by the interactions between different hardware components, the operating system, as well as the type and amount of software running. A higher 3DMark score indicates better performance.

3DMark 11 includes a free Basic Edition which you can download directly from TechSpot. Unlike previous versions, it allows an unlimited number of benchmark runs without registration or expiry.

You can upgrade to the Advanced Edition over at 3DMark.com to unlock all presets, custom settings, benchmark looping, unlimited online results storage, offline results management, and more. We have two Advanced Edition keys for our readers: the first two users who comment on this article saying they would like a key will get one via internal PM.

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TeamworkGuy2 said:

I would like to have a key.

I am building a computer right now with a DX 11 capable video card

SilverCider said:

Ooh, I would like a key too! I've just run the basic version and all I can say is it's damn impressive!!

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Oh crap I'm late... but anyhow I would like a key too haha.

Wagan8r Wagan8r said:

Ah, just missed it! I was reading the GTX 570 review! If either of the above people refuse the key, I'll take it!

bugejakurt said:

Does this work on DX10 GPUs?

bmaytum bmaytum said:

Wish I'd been here earlier to get a free Advanced Edition key .....

I too would like to know if 3D Mark 11 can benchmark my DX10 8800GT vidcard! If so, I want oo test that card before I drop in my Asus ENGTX580 coming today from NewEgg.com. I'm running Win7 Pro x64 with a 27" 1080x1920 ViewSonic 60Hz LCD monitor.

SilverCider said:

bugejakurt said:

Does this work on DX10 GPUs?

I believe it is DX11 only after reading some stuff from their site.

pcnthuziast said:

Does the basic edition support 1900 x 1080 or only 1900 x 1200 like Vantage?

pcnthuziast said:

I shoulda looked for the answer myself, shame on me. Apparently the basic edition only runs 1280 x 720, but at least it's 16:9 so I can run it. My GTX 470 is feeling old already sheesh! lol

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Does the new version of 3DMark11 address how newer hi end cards can automatically throttle power usage? If it doesn't, then the results will still be inaccurate. =(

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

Argh! Out to lunch and missed it!

Issun said:

Bah, i hate being late for competitions like this...

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

competition? I'd call it a spur of the moment opportunity... lol

saint5445 said:

I cant be late for 3DMark 11....cmon now

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

"Apparently the basic edition only runs 1280 x 720..."

Makes it completely worthless for me. I'll have to be a little more aggressive in checking out the articles in case other freebies pop up.

Cota Cota said:

It's beautiful D'x

I want the new Elder Scrolls to look like this.

Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Keys sent to the two first posters, those only took 7 minutes to go, not bad

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

This thing needs some patching, widespread reports of it stopping at the first physics test, and apparently it doesn't like quad crossfire yet, at least not 4 x HD 5850's.

SilverCider said:

Julio said:

Keys sent to the two first posters, those only took 7 minutes to go, not bad

You could call us eager, but I would say we were damn lucky! I've seen how quickly some things go here! hehe.

I've been wanting to get a second GTX460 for a while, but couldn't warrant any reasons to do so. This may be a good excuse. Although I think I'll wait for Crysis 2 to come around...

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