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Futuremark 3DMark11

Futuremark 3DMark11
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

Futuremark 3DMark11

The latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark, 3DMark11, is specifically bound to Windows Vista and 7-based systems because it uses the advanced visual technologies that are only available with DirectX 11, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows.  3DMark11 isn't simply a port of 3DMark Vantage to DirectX 11, though.  With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated four new graphics tests, a physics tests, and a new combined test.  We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark11's Extreme preset option, which uses a resolution of 1920x1080 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

The high-end single-GPU powered cards, i.e. the Radeon HD 6970 and GeForce GTX 580, perform similarly in the 3DMark11 benchmark, with the GTX 580 holding on to a small lead. The dual-GPU powered cards like the Radeon HD 5970 and 6990, however, offer the top performance, with the ultra powerful Radeon HD 6990 finishing well ahead of the rest.

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