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.
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Bethesda's Skyrim is the fifth installment in the Elder Scrolls saga, set 200 years after the events of Oblivion. Skyrim is the northernmost province of Tamriel, the continent upon which all of the Elder Scroll games are set. In terms of new features, Skyrim uses the new Creation Engine, which allows for dynamic weather changes, including rain and snowfall, and much improved lighting, shadows, animation, scripting and landscape compared to previous Bethesda games. Ever wanted to be a vampire or a werewolf? You can experience that in Skyrim. Maybe a career as a musician or having a virtual book collection is more your speed? These are also possible in Skyrim. In fact, there is very little you cannot do in this game.
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Battlefield 3 is the latest installment in the franchise, powered by a new Frostbite engine. Unlike other modern warfare shooters, Battlefield 3 boasts bone-crushing physics effects and an emphasis on team-work when it comes to multiplayer gaming. Much like its predecessors, Battlefield 3 gives players the opportunity to launch into the battlefield on foot, on a tank, on a jet, or any of the twenty other vehicles parked on the map. Paired with the latest in DirectX11 technology, players can enjoy highly detailed large-scale outdoor maps unlike anything ever seen in a video game.
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