New 3DMark Benchmark Coming Soon

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅06.09.2012 18:24:13

In advance of the release of Windows 8, and noting the increasing uptake of DirectX 11 by games developers, FutureMark have teased a new graphics benchmark included in the upcoming 3DMark for Windows. The following tech demo teaser showcases the latest DirectX 11 benchmark to test your hardware under:

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 tech demo trailer brings this scene to life with intelligent tessellation and advanced volumetric lighting using real-time Rayleigh and Mie light scattering. The visible particles and clouds of smoke in the scene react to other objects using fluid dynamics simulation. Various post processing effects include ambient occlusion and lens effects complete the look. This tech demo is a work in progress and does not represent the final quality of the benchmark.

3DMark for Windows will be compatible with Window Vista, 7 and 8; suitable hardware will be as varied as desktops, laptops and even tablet systems. The overall principle appears to be unifying benchmarking for various hardware platforms as non-traditional systems become more popular.

The new benchmarking suit will be available following the launch of Windows 8 on the 26th October.

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