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DX11 Gaming Benchmark: 3DMark 11

FutureMark 3DMark 11
Synthetic DX11 Gaming Benchmark

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 new Ivy Bridge-based Asus notebook with 3DMark11's Performance preset option.

In 3DMark 11 Intel's now DX11 capable chip can finally render the workloads required for each sub-test, something that Intel integrated graphics haven't been able to handle until now.  And will you look at that, Intel's Ivy Bridge IGP is actually besting a discrete AMD GPU and is within striking distance of a discrete NVIDIA solution as well.

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