Today we get to show you a little taste of what Futuremark is going to bring to the table with their new GPU benchmark. They have not yet mentioned a name for this benchmark, but we do have a couple of screenshots and a high resolution trailer (2560×1440) to show you.
The screenshots are from one of three GPU tests called, “Fire Strike”. Futuremark states that Fire Strike, “…is our new showcase DirectX 11 benchmark designed for high-performance gaming PCs. It is our most ambitious and technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what you can find in other benchmarks and games today.” They go on to describe what is going on behind the scenes as far as rendering techniques. “Some of the techniques used include tessellation, dynamic particle illumination and shadowing, smoke simulation using grid-based fluid dynamics, volume ray casting with shadows and a wide variety of post processing effects including depth of field, blooms, distortions and various lens effects.” In other words, a lot of the things that help make modern and future games so pretty. So without further rambling, here are the screenshots and video.
(Note these are 2560×1440 screenshots natively. The Futuremark website has the full size)
Next up, the trailer, again in 2560×1440 native:
So when will this drop? Futuremark hopes to torture our GPUs before the end of the year.
Joe Shields – Earthdog