Futuremark today announced 3DMark Sky Diver, a new DirectX 11 benchmark test for gaming laptops and mid-range PCs. 3DMark Sky Diver is the ideal test for benchmarking systems with mainstream DirectX 11 graphics cards, mobile GPUs, or integrated graphics.
Futuremark has just announced PCMark 8 into its line of benchmarking suites that target all PC subsystems. This benchmark is designed specifically for newer Windows 8 PCs, but the benchmark should work just fine on Windows 7 machines as well. In this new benchmark Futuremark has brought over some battery life tests from their own PowerMark Suite. Other new tests include native application tests using both Adobe and Microsoft applications to simulate real world usage.
Futuremark is kicking off their first overclocking competition using their new 3DMark Benchmark. The contest is sponsored by Galaxy and KFA2. For the next four week overclockers can submit their highest scores in 3DMark’s Ice Storm, Cloud Gate and Fire Strike benchmark tests. The contest has more than $16,000 worth of prizes, including limited edition 3DMark Fire Strike monster statues not available anywhere else. The only catch is you need to use a GALAXY or KFA2 graphics card to submit your results.
Futuremark has updated 3DMark 11 to version 1.0.4. This new updates makes 3DMark 11 fully compatible with Windows 8. This update also addresses compatibility issues and a few uncommon bugs. This update does not effect scores so scores from this version can be compared to 3DMark 11 v1.0.3. You can download the update from Futuremark directly or if you have 3DMark 11 installed using Steam it will update on the restart of the steam client.
Futuremark’s latest gaming benchmark 3DMark is now available to download. This time they have simply gone with “3DMark” (the last version was 3DMark 11) as it seems this version is more of a reboot. This all new 3DMark is a collection of three independent benchmark suites, each with its own demos, game tests, physics tests, and combined tests, and scoring.
Futuremark is putting the final touches on their latest version of 3DMark. Today they released a trailer video and screenshots of the “Fire Strike” game test which was recorded at 2560 x 1440 and you can watch it at that resolution. Not only does the trailer look awesome, but this game test will really push your graphics card. The test uses tessellation, dynamic particle illumination and shadowing. Read on to check out the video and screenshots.