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Futuremark Reveals 3DMark 11; Screens & Video

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3DMark 11 is expected to arrive in Q3 2010.

Monday Futuremark announced that the latest edition of its popular benchmarking software, 3DMark 11, will be released in Q3 2010. The software was built in-house using a native DirectX 11 engine, ensuring that it will maintain its leadership as a solution in measuring the performance of DirectX 11-based gaming machines.

The trailer, seen below, demonstrates the use of DirectX 11 using an early build of the 3DMark 11 engine, and it simply looks awesome. "The Deep Sea trailer features submersibles exploring the sea floor," Futuremark explains. "Volumetric lighting illuminates the seabed with tessellation used to add rich detail to the rock, coral and man-made structures. Post processing delivers depth of field and other lens effects. The music is an original composition."

Futuremark said that it will display the 3DMark 11 Deep Sea tech demo at the MSI booth during Computex next week. In addition to the YouTube video, the company also provided images which we've added in the gallery listed to the right (click the screenshot).

"For over 10 years 3DMark has shown gamers what to expect from the next generation of real-time 3D graphics," said Jukka Mäkinen, Futuremark CEO, "So we are especially excited to announce 3DMark 11 and show the possibilities of DirectX 11 with the release of the Deep Sea trailer."

3DMark 11 Trailer

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    chris13th , May 24, 2010 7:31 PM
    *Drool*. Too bad running that benchmark would catch my computer on fire.
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    nforce4max , May 24, 2010 7:52 PM
    chris13th*Drool*. Too bad running that benchmark would catch my computer on fire.


    They way its meant to be grilled. :p 

    Looks interesting but two short to many any opinion (first assumptions. I'll stick with my vintage DX9 and DX10 cards.
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    jednx01 , May 24, 2010 7:51 PM
    Someday games will look this good. :) 
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  • 21 Hide
    chris13th , May 24, 2010 7:31 PM
    *Drool*. Too bad running that benchmark would catch my computer on fire.
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    xurwin , May 24, 2010 7:39 PM
    looks promising
  • 15 Hide
    jednx01 , May 24, 2010 7:51 PM
    Someday games will look this good. :) 
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    nforce4max , May 24, 2010 7:52 PM
    chris13th*Drool*. Too bad running that benchmark would catch my computer on fire.


    They way its meant to be grilled. :p 

    Looks interesting but two short to many any opinion (first assumptions. I'll stick with my vintage DX9 and DX10 cards.
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    SchizoFrog , May 24, 2010 8:06 PM
    Surely with DX11 cards still in a massive minority of GPUs in current machines, aren't they shooting themselves in the foot here to only allow DX11? Or do they know something that we don't?

    And for all those who do have DX11 GPUs, good luck with the extra salt that is about to be rubbed in to your wounds... Such wonderful cards and no games to play with.
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    Tedders , May 24, 2010 8:07 PM
    nforce4maxLooks interesting but two short to many any opinion.

    Wut?
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    nforce4max , May 24, 2010 8:22 PM
    TeddersWut?


    Hmm typo, left out the word make. Next time use full words not texting vocabulary.
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    LATTEH , May 24, 2010 8:27 PM
    DO WANT!
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    zerapio , May 24, 2010 8:28 PM
    nforce4maxHmm typo, left out the word make. Next time use full words not texting vocabulary.

    That's good practice in general.
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    jerreece , May 24, 2010 8:36 PM
    I wish Futuremark would make games. And not the mini-FPS game they sell through Steam. I mean full out, games. That demo video of their underwater benchmark was beautiful. Imagine what they could do with their visuals if they put the work into developing different genres of games.
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    aznguy0028 , May 24, 2010 8:36 PM
    I never knew MSi got into the water submarine business xD haha
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    xyzionz , May 24, 2010 8:36 PM
    I'll pass till game developers really take advantage of DX11, then only I'll consider a GPU upgrade, maybe a GTX685 or HD7870 :p 
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    tokenz , May 24, 2010 8:42 PM
    I want textures like that!!!!!!!!!!
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    xyzionz , May 24, 2010 8:50 PM
    jednx01Someday games will look this good.

    Lol....soooooooome day
    Not until game developers find a way to make current or next gen console game look this good
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    xyzionz , May 24, 2010 8:53 PM
    Or when sony stop saying that their console would last 10 years.
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    MisterClean , May 24, 2010 8:58 PM
    Quote:
    *Drool*. Too bad running that benchmark would catch my computer on fire.



    Must be running a Fermi ;) 
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    Anonymous , May 24, 2010 9:10 PM
    great another 3dmark, quick you all need to run out and get the best components you can afford, sell your mum, your kids, hock your watch. just so you can list your name on a website so you can claim you spent stupid amounts of cash just to win a stupid benchmark.
    That is all this program does, is it creates a massive In-flux in
    video cards, Ram, and CPU's, all it does is gets you all to upgrade in some shape or form to get an extra 5 points lol, you should all realize this, every version of 3dmark even if you have the best THE BEST Gear/Rig it will never run perfect, its so u run out and upgrade.
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    rooket , May 24, 2010 9:45 PM
    Ya that's what I like about futuremark. No matter how good your PC is, it will show you that it is inadequate. And then after finding such shame, you go back into games which are quite a bit less demanding such as WoW, anything using the Source engine, heck even Crysis. These benchmarks look cool but aren't real-world. Unless of course PC game manufacturers start competing with consoles which isn't really what I am seeing happening. Every game seems to be designed along the lines of 5 year old outdated technology. Even Starcraft 2 which isn't out yet runs fine on a low-end machine.
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    badaxe2 , May 24, 2010 10:08 PM
    xyzionzOr when sony stop saying that their console would last 10 years.


    It does last 10 years. Not a bad return on investment at all. I think this is part of the reason consoles are becoming more popular in the mainstream gaming industry. They maximize efficiency for a given API/chipset at no additional cost to the consumer.

    On the other end of the spectrum, the PC is home to technological evolution, which can be a mixed bag to say the least, but also the most exciting. DX9 saw a lot of good years, but what ever happened to DX10? Everyone is eyeing up DX11 already, so consoles can't be holding PC back as much as many people seem to think. What's important is that DX11 has a chance to fully shine so people who buy all these new cards don't end up feeling ripped off.
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    NeeKo , May 24, 2010 10:34 PM
    xyzionzI'll pass till game developers really take advantage of DX11, then only I'll consider a GPU upgrade, maybe a GTX685 or HD7870

    You mean maybe a GTX495 or HD7870.
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