A few weeks ago Futuremark announced that the latest version of its benchmarking software 3DMark (11) would be available for mass consumption today, November 30. The release would be for the free, Standard Version and include a performance PC benchmark preset, an audio/visual demo fixed at 720p, the ability to store one result online and the means to browser, search and compare results online.
But now Futuremark reports that 3DMark 11 will not be released today. "Over the weekend we made the difficult decision to postpone the launch of 3DMark 11 by a few days," said Futuremark president Oliver Baltuch in an email. "Our aim is that 3DMark 11 should provide accurate, reliable and consistent results from the start."
"With that goal in mind we are taking some extra time now to fix a couple of difficult bugs rather than patching the benchmark immediately after launch," he added. "It might take a day, it might be a week, but either way we'll be in touch again soon to confirm the new launch date."
Currently there's no projected release date on the 3DMark 11 website, but instead reads "3DMark 11 will be released soon." TweakTown speculates that the software may also be delayed due to the launch of Nvidia's GTX580 and the upcoming release of AMD's 6900 series, and that Futuremark wants to include these two new technologies before releasing the final build.
In the meantime, Futuremark is still taking pre-orders for the $19.95 Advanced Edition. When shipped, this version will include an entry-level PC benchmark preset, a performance PC benchmark preset, an extreme PC benchmark preset, custom benchmark settings and more.