Marking Time: 3DMark 11 Performance Explored - HotHardware

Marking Time: 3DMark 11 Performance Explored

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Last week, Futuremark released the latest version of 3DMark.  We've taken the new benchmark for a spin using CPUs from Intel and AMD as well as GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA. The new version, dubbed 3DMark 11 (in reference to its level of DirectX support, not the upcoming year) includes a fresh set of tests, a game demo sequence, and measures CPU performance rather differently than its predecessor, 3DMark Vantage.


3DMark 11: Now with additional oceanic encrustations.

We've run the benchmark through multiple tests, comparing it across AMD and Intel CPUs as well as AMD vs NVIDIA GPUs. According to Futuremark, 3DMK11 was designed meet four specific goals. These are:
  • Produce consistent results that are repeatable and verifiable.
  • Represent technology and workloads fairly and accurately
  • Remain relevant over a long period of time
  • Allow for result comparisons across a wide variety of systems
These are more-or-less the same goals of every version of 3DMark, but in this case Futuremark has made a number of technical and methodological changes. 3DMK11 shares Vantage's goals, but it pursues them in a different (and in our opinion, superior) manner.

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I was wondering how this benchmark was going to evolve and it looks to be worth buying it again for the newer version.

Thanks for the good review and I think that the Jeep is '80+Yellow'.

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This makes me sad that I cannot run it on my older GPU ~ Radeon 4870.

Awesome review though Dave! I love it and your graphs are organized in descending order (easier to read). MMMM, tasty graphs; it's like a nerd's new toy. Loved how it showed differences between AMD 6 cores and Intel's 4 cores. I'm wondering if this is due to instruction set as well other than like it said "clock for clock" perf.

*needs new pants* (sorry is this a PG forum?) Go ahead and modify/delete if mod sees this.

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*coughs lightly* ;) 

Dave, of course, approved the content but it was my nimble fingers slaving to the bone. ;). 

Regarding AMD vs Intel performance:  I wanted to evaluate how much CPU performance impacted 3DMark 11 but remember that in a real game, CPU choice doesn't usually have that much impact. For whatever reason, the performance gap is wider than I would've expected and not necessarily of what you'd see in a shipping title. 

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This is often true, but as new games come out with similar tech/algorithms using DirectCompute/Tessellation/etc. (DX11), then 3DMark11 will earn credibility?  I don't even know if that made sense.

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One of the things I like about 3DMK11 is that it corrects several issues that prevented Vantage from being as cross-comparative a test as Futuremark might have liked.  It's also one of the only DirectX 11 programs to test a wide range of DX11 capabilities. Most of the games that support DX11 only use it for certain specific tasks and can fall back to DX10/10.1 to handle those same effects if necessary. 

One of the things I dislike about the current Unigine benchmark is that the higher detail levels aren't really DirectX 11 performance tests--they're DX11 tessellation tests. Tessellation is one of the main selling points, it's very important—but benchmarks that start off as balanced and turn into tests of essentially one DX11 feature need to be labeled as such.

The TLDR version: I like DX11 because I think it improves the current state of DX11 benchmarking. I'd still prefer to see premium titles take full advantage of what the API can do.

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Try testing the AMD CPU on a modern AM3 motherboard.  You could be running into issues from the DDR2 memory being used compared to the ddr3 of the i7 920

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LOL Count... have you read this forum? its no where near PG xD

Nice review Dave. LOL that antec jeep :P

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countcristo:

Awesome review though Dave! I love it and your graphs are organized in descending order (easier to read). MMMM, tasty graphs; it's like a nerd's new toy.

Inspector:

Nice review Dave. LOL that antec jeep :P

Stick out tongue

Joel H:

*coughs lightly* ;) 

Dave, of course, approved the content but it was my nimble fingers slaving to the bone. ;). 

 

LMFAO!!!

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I. AM. NOT. RODNEY. DANGERFIELD.

/Wrath

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I ran it on my i7 with my 5870 and got a p4500 score... if i remember correctly 

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