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3Dmark 11


3Dmark11 is the latest benchmark released from industry standard firm Futuremark. It is being touted as the de-facto way to test DirectX 11 enabled graphics cards and their capabilities of processing the latest 3D features found in modern games.

Futuremark describes the 3Dmark score as “an overall measure of your system’s 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests. By comparing your score with those submitted by millions of other gamers you can see how your gaming rig performs, making it easier to choose the most effective upgrades or finding other ways to optimize your system.”

Both tests were done with preset settings, Performance and Extreme respectively.

These are the most impressive scores I’ve seen first hand in our test setup to date. 3Dmark 11 isn’t a cakewalk for the monster GPU, but it certainly shows that Futuremark better be working hard on the next generation.


Unigine Heaven


“Heaven Benchmark is a DirectX 11 GPU benchmark based on advanced Unigine™ engine from Unigine Corp. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. Interactive mode provides emerging experience of exploring the intricate world of steampunk.”

The four settings users were as follows:

  • Low – All settings medium, no AA, 1280×1024
  • Medium – All settings max, no AA, 1280×1024
  • High – All settings max, 8xAA, 1280×1024
  • Ultra – All settings max, 8xAA, 1920×1080

Here again, some very impressive scores. It’s clear to see that there has been a decent performance jump between these generations of cards. The most impressive part is that despite this card having two GPUs, it doesn’t display any of the non-linear performance gains commonly seen in such a setup.

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Last modified: September 6, 2011

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