Futuremark today released a sexy 3DMark tech demo, giving viewers a glimpse of the upcoming 3DMark benchmark that has yet to receive a formal name (perhaps 3DMark 12? "New" 3DMark? 3DMark for Windows 8?) The trailer provides a preview of the DirectX test and "is a work-in-progress," Futuremark says, and as such it doesn't represent the final quality of the benchmark.
"Our 3DMark DirectX 11 tech demo brings this scene to life with intelligent tessellation and advanced volumetric lighting using real-time light scattering," Futuremark explains. "The visible particles and clouds of smoke in the scene react to other objects using fluid dynamics simulation. Post processing, ambient occlusion and various lens effects complete the look. The music and audio design is by Pedro Macedo Camacho, who also created the soundtrack for 3DMark 11."
It's a one-minute video that's worth your time if you're into the benchmarking scene, or appreciate graphical effects in general. As for when the next 3DMark build will come out, Futuremark says it's scheduled to debut later in 2012 following the launch of Windows 8. Don't fret if you don't plan to upgrade your OS, it will also be compatible with Windows 7 and Vista.