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3DMark 11 Standard Edition Delayed

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 8 comments

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.

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    TheRockMonsi , December 1, 2010 10:21 PM
    This obviously was released late. Thanks for trying though.
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    NapoleonDK , December 1, 2010 10:49 PM
    I can't help but lol at the irony.

    "A product was released late. However, news reporting the late release of the product was in fact late as well, contributing to the lulz."

    ...

    "In other news, Tom's Hardware news reader died laughing today. Details at 11."

    :) 
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    cronik93 , December 1, 2010 11:29 PM
    Wasn't 3dMark 06 leaked?
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    dEAne , December 2, 2010 12:33 AM
    "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,"
    That's good making it even better. I think the one leak is buggy.

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    sykozis , December 2, 2010 1:03 AM
    Funny that this was reported on other sites on Monday....
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    Lutfij , December 2, 2010 4:12 AM
    Hmmm....late arrival of late news, you don;t see that happen everyday lols
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    g00fysmiley , December 2, 2010 11:15 AM
    best to get it right than wade through the nerdrage emails about bugs
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    danwat1234 , July 11, 2011 1:05 AM
    Will I be able to 'play' this version of 3dmark? That stopped with 3dmark 2001 but I wish it came back!