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3DMark 11 Performance

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 WIndows 7-based systems due to its DirectX 11 requirement, 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.

3DMark 11 tells a different story than the Heaven benchmark on the previous page. Versus the GeForce GTX 570 and GTX 560 Ti, the new Radeon HD 7800 series cards stack up similarly, with the 7870 besting the GTX 570 and the 7850 edging out the GTX 560 Ti. The Radeon HD 6970, however, was able to overtake the Radeon HD 7850 here.

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