New 3DMark Coming in 2012

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3DMark DX11 Techdemo Screenshot
3DMark DX11 Techdemo Screenshot

It seems the wizzards at Futuremark are at it again, just itching to bring our computers to a crawl. There isn’t a ton of info available yet, but what we do know is one very important item – unlike previous releases, this bench will be cross-Windows compatible. Yes folks, that’s right; it will run on all current(ish) Microsoft operating systems – Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8! Now, those of us who prefer our computers to be computers (instead of tablets) can rest easy knowing we’ll be able to run the latest and greatest 3DMark bench.

By the way, if you want to see the full 1080P resolution of the screenshot above, you can do so right here. You’ll be able to check out a techdemo video below the press release.

New 3DMark Trailer Shows Stunning DirectX 11 Graphics

HELSINKI, FINLAND – June 21, 2012 – Futuremark® today released its first trailer for the next version of 3DMark®. Designed for measuring the gaming performance of everything from tablets and notebooks to high-end desktop gaming systems, the next 3DMark for Windows will be the world’s first unified graphics benchmark allowing testing of DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 capable hardware through the DirectX 11 API. Expected to be released after the launch of Windows 8, this new 3DMark will also be compatible with Windows 7 and Windows Vista. The new trailer provides a preview of the DirectX 11 test and is now available online and in high definition for the first time at

In the trade town of Scarport, buildings cling to canyon walls above canals of lava and provide shelter from the toxic volcanic atmosphere. Gaudy neon signs flicker as steam rises from the molten rivers running beneath the town. A trader walks along ledges carved from the volcanic rock,  smoke swirling around her flowing cloak. Her robotic sentinels keep watch, but what dangers lie hidden in the shadows?

The 3DMark DirectX 11 tech demo brings this scene to life with intelligent tessellation and advanced volumetric lighting using real-time light scattering. The visible particles and clouds of smoke in the scene react to other objects using fluid dynamics simulation. Post processing, ambient occlusion and various lens effects complete the look.

Watch the trailer on Futuremark’s YouTube channel:

The new 3DMark is currently in development and is expected later in 2012 following the launch of Windows 8. It will also be compatible with Windows 7 and Windows Vista. Follow Futuremark on Facebook for the latest 3DMark news at or visit


3DMark is the world’s most popular benchmark and PC test. 3DMark uses specifically designed tests featuring high-end real-time graphics to accurately and consistently measure PC gaming performance. Futuremark currently offers 3DMark06 for Windows XP, 3DMark Vantage for Windows Vista, and 3DMark 11 for Windows 7. New versions of 3DMark for Windows 8 and Android are currently in development and are expected to be released in 2012. Find out more and download 3DMark for free from

Futuremark® creates the world’s most popular benchmarks and PC performance tests. Futuremark’s free 3DMark®, PCMark® and Peacekeeper™ tests have helped millions of people measure and improve their PCs’ performance for games, media, applications and the web. Futuremark has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland.

© 2012 Futuremark® Corporation. Futuremark® and 3DMark® trademarks and logos, character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

That’s all we know right now. Until we get more info, we’ll have to be satisfied with this killer looking video.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see how our bench setups run this beast of a benchmark!

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Hopefully this is more tweakable than the PCM 7 was...

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Maybe they will have a way to force tesselation to not break hwbot scores with ATI cards.


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Brought to you by MSI.:borg:

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