After a slight delay, Futuremark has finally released all three versions of 3DMark 11. The latest version of the popular benchmarking software is optimized for video hardware that supports DirectX 11 (DX11), measuring DirectCompute, tessellation, multithreading and depth of field.
The application consists of six tests-- four focused on graphics, one one physics and one combining CPU and GPU workloads--and a 720p audio visual demo. The free, Basic Version includes a performance PC benchmark preset, the ability to store one result online and the means to browser, search and compare results online.
For those willing to spend $19.95, the Advanced Edition includes an entry-level PC benchmark preset, a performance PC benchmark preset, an extreme PC benchmark preset, custom benchmark settings and more. There's also a $995 Professional Edition, providing a license for commercial use, demo looping, an image quality tool, command line automation, priority support, and everything else that's available in the Advanced Edition.
Naturally 3DMark 11 requires DirectX 11, a DirectX 11 compatible video card, and Windows 7 or Vista. Other minimum requirements include a 1.8 GHz dual-core Intel or AMD CPU, 1 GB of system memory, 1.5 GB of HDD storage, and a Windows Vista / Windows 7 compatible sound card.
To download the free Basic Edition of 3DMark 11, head here for a full list of mirrors. Users can always upgrade to the Advanced or Professional editions later by purchasing a code to enter into the software, unlocking additional features.
Vista can have dx 11 (according to the dx 11 wiki article anyway)