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Next 3DMark to Support DirectX 11, 10 and 9

The software is being teased with a video on YouTube showcasing a DirectX 11 "tech demo" that features "intelligent" tessellation, particle systems, as well as volumetric lighting real-time light scattering. Futuremark also revealed that it uses ambient occlusion for post-processing effects.

The new benchmark, which has not received an official name yet, is expected to be released after the launch of Windows 8, and will be using the DirectX 11 API to evaluate DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 hardware in parallel. Futuremark said that the software will also be supporting Windows Vista and Windows 7.

There was no information on pricing. Next to the free version, the company is offering the current 3D Mark 11 as Advanced Edition for $20. The commercial Pro version runs for $995.

  • kracker
    Yes!
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  • rangas
    will it be able to run crysis 3?

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  • aqualipt
    is there any real diference between the 1000$ version and the 20$ version???
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  • fb39ca4
    That is an oddly stiff robe.
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  • fb39ca4
    aqualiptis there any real diference between the 1000$ version and the 20$ version???Yes. The $20 version is not for commercial use, and I believe it has some additional features for benchmarking systems in bulk.
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  • fb39ca4
    fb39ca4Yes. The $20 version is not for commercial use, and I believe it has some additional features for benchmarking systems in bulk.Whoops, I meant the $1000 one has those features.
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  • shardey
    "is there any real diference between the 1000$ version and the 20$ version???"

    Yes, the savings of 49 Andrew Jacksons.
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  • josejones
    The title of this article is: Next 3DMark to Support DirectX 11, 10 and 9

    After reading the article it doesn't give any background on what 3DMark currently supports leading one to assume that it doesn't support DirectX 11, 10 or 9. So, what does 3DMark currently support?
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  • shin0bi272
    This is one thing that ive been hoping for... one benchmark to rule them all so to speak. Its hard to compare an older card and a newer card for the purposes of upgrading your system. There are no common threads between this years cards and cards from say 2 or 3 years ago. Not everyone upgrades their video card every year you know. So finding a good measure of how much farther ahead the new cards have gotten is hard.
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  • A Bad Day
    For a second, I thought 3DMark still only used DirectX 8.
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