Hardware and Software Reviews

3DMark 11 Overview

Article Index

DirectX 11 and Tessellation has the entire enthusiast community abuzz with excitement. As the holiday season is upon us once more, the sale of the latest DirectX 11 GPUs is sure to increase exponentially, not just because people are in a shopping mood but because very soon AMD and Nvidia will release their latest crop of DX11 cards.  These second generation DirectX 11 cards promise improved tessellation performance, as well as boasting better frames-per-second in the latest games.  The gaming market is quite healthy with the influx of DirectX 11 games to test these cards but very few will actually put them to task.

 

While real-world gaming benchmarks offer obvious indications on how well a GPU or CPU runs on a system, most of them are usually created and “optimized” for one brand of GPU or CPU over the other, therefore the technology and the workload will be processed differently by different systems.  A synthetic benchmark offers an even platform for testing and provides a consistent and reliable result without any bias for a particular hardware configuration.

 

Futuremark’s 3DMark 11 is a synthetic benchmarking tool designed to provide an accurate and consistent simulation of the latest DX 11 games. 3DMark 11 tests the video card’s performance capabilities using a native DirectX 11 engine which uses tessellation, compute-shaders and multi-threading. 3DMark 11 also tests the system’s physics capabilities using the Bullet Open-source physics engine, testing for rigid-body calculations via CPU, as well as simulating soft-body physics using DirectCompute.

 

 

Reviews

  • Silicon Power Marvel M70 64GB Flash Drive Review +

    If you are anything like me, I am always carrying tools; a multi-tool or Swiss army knife is with me Read More
  • EVGA SuperNova 1600 P2 80 PLUS Platinum Power Supply Review +

    Can you have too much power? Well, in the case of PSUs the actual answer is “no”, but you can Read More
  • Fractal Design Core 3300 Mid Tower Case Review +

    Sometimes, it’s nice when things just work perfectly. Take, for example, Elsa’s spectacular geometric masterpiece of a castle in the Read More
  • Thermaltake Core V51 Mid Tower Case Review +

    Simplicity in design. What does that mean to you? So much can be said with just a few small words. Read More
  • Thermaltake Toughpower DPS G 850W Power Supply Review +

    I often wonder, when watching the Olympics, why over the years have the awards remained bronze, silver, and gold? There Read More
  • Swiftech H240-X Open Loop 280mm CPU Cooler Review +

    It is often amazing just how quickly technology changes and advances. The jokes about the newest, hottest tech pieces being Read More
  • Deep Cool Gamer Storm Maelstrom 240mm Liquid CPU Cooler Review +

    Have you ever witnessed a violent storm? Rain pouring down and winds blowing so violently that it appears as if Read More
  • Silicon Power Armor A30 USB 3.0 Hard Drive Review +

    I tend to carry a book bag with me all the time and usually my external hard drive is in Read More
  • Silicon Power Armor A60 USB 3.0 Hard Drive Review +

    Sometimes, when you’re the technology go to person in your family, it can be a real pain. For some reason, Read More
  • NZXT X61 280mm Liquid CPU Cooler Review +

    If you have been a reader of HTL, then you are probably aware that I don’t hide the fact that Read More
  • 1

Login Form