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Wikipedia: 3DMark

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3DMark Vantage
Developed by Futuremark Corporation
Initial release April 28, 2008
Latest release Build 1.0.0 / April 28, 2008
OS Windows Vista
Size 450 MB
Genre computer benchmark

3DMark is a computer benchmark by Futuremark (formerly MadOnion) to determine the DirectX performance of graphics cards.

The measurement unit 3DMark is intended to give a normalized mean for comparing different visual processing units, which proponents assert is indicative of end-user performance capabilities. Critics counter by stating that it is a synthetic measure of real-world performance.



Discontinued versions

  • 3DMark99/MAX
  • 3DMark2000
  • 3DMark2001
  • 3DMark2001 SE

Current versions

  • 3DMark03
  • 3DMark05
  • 3DMark06
  • 3DMark Vantage

The number in the title corresponds with the year that the features it was designed to benchmark would be available on graphics cards released publicly. Typically each version was made and released some months in advance of the start of its title year. Scores for each subsequent version will be lower, as each new version measures new and innovative developments in the graphics field, such as DirectX enhancements like Shader Model 3.0.

3DMark06 features

  • HDR rendering.
  • Complex HDR Video post-processing.
  • Dynamic soft shadows for all objects.
  • Water shader with HDR refraction, HDR reflection, depth fog and Gerstner wave functions.
  • Heterogeneous fog.
  • Atmospheric light scattering.
  • Realistic sky model with cloud blending.
  • Strauss lighting model for most materials.
  • Subsurface scattering shader for some objects (not visible in the shot).
  • Texture & normal map sizes: 1024 x 1024 to 2048 x 2048.
  • Approximately 5.4 million triangles and 8.8 million vertices.

3DMark and overclocking

3DMark is one of the programs used by gamers and overclocking enthusiasts worldwide for assessing and comparing their system’s performance.

3DMark Vantage

Futuremark released its new product on April 28, 2008. It will only run under Windows Vista, as it requires DirectX 10. Unlike previous versions, not even the basic version of 3DMark Vantage is free. The user is however allowed one single benchmark run, after that it is required to pay any of the fees ranging from US$7 for the basic version, up to $20 for the fully fledged one.


Futuremark made a special website about 3DMark Vantage, It currently contains four screenshots from work in progress and two Developer Diary parts. The second Developer Diary part shows 3DMark Vantage in motion.

See also

  • PCMark, a series of computer benchmark tools
  • Futuremark, the company behind 3DMark and PCMark
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