Review Date: Jan 2011
Reviewer: Peter Bourke
3DMARK 11 Advanced
and greatest graphical benchmarking program has arrived on the PC
with Futuremark's 3DMark 11 which really pushes your PC through the
ringer in terms of graphical capabilities. With three versions
available, a Basic Edition, an Advanced Edition and a Professional
Edition, this software package is definitely the penultimate
The Basic Edition
has some limitations and certain features are locked, whereas the
Advanced and Professional Edition have all features available to the
user. Professional is more for corporate users and heavy testers of
benchmarking as it supports a command line interface.
It should also be noted that 3DMark 11 requires DirectX 11 to
run the software and a DirectX 11 compatible graphic card is also
needed. DirectX 11 features some amazing options such as
tessellation and multithreading which is the future of gaming. Keep in mind that graphics cards are not the only thing that
makes games run good. This software takes into consideration a
variety of factors from RAM to CPU and other formulas. It's
great how the results can then be shared online to see how other
systems stack up to your results.
After a short
installation, we were ready to test 3DMark 11 and once installed; we
were greeted to a relatively easy to user interface. From here,
there are a variety of demos to be run and tests which analyse a
variety of graphical features on your PC and how well your PC can
handle them. Even if you have an older PC or not the latest greatest
computer, 3DMark can still be run on these systems.
Fortunately, you can
tweak the program to find the optimal resolution for the tests. We
examined 3DMark 11 on a variety of settings from an entry level
resolution of 1024x768 to some extreme benchmarking at FULL HD
(1920x1080) which really put our system through the testing hoops.
The results are heavily determinant on your PC configuration and all
I can is that the
future of gaming looks great.
program is a treat to watch as it looks so amazing. A number of the
demos are a joy to experience as it really showcases the power of
publically available PCs. Another highlight of 3DMark 11 is that it supports all the
latest graphics cards features such as dual-cored graphical cores to
both NVIDIA and AMD specifications. Even if you are not interested
in the latest and best graphics cards and how they perform on
your system, this program will still give you a very interesting insight
into your PC and its architecture and what it can and can't do.
I highly recommend
that anyone with a PC who likes gaming to download this program
because once you've had a taste of 3DMark 11, it will definitely
become a staple of your PC diet. Best of all, the basic edition is
free and if you're after the Advanced Edition, it only costs
$19.95USD which is pretty much dollar for dollar with Australia now.
Is it worth it? You betcha! Check it out!