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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.

The GeForce GTX 680 performed very well in Futuremark's 3DMark11 benchmark as well. Here, the GeForce GTX 680 outpaced the Radeon HD 7970 by about 16.6% and the GeForce GTX 580 by over 50%. The only cards that were able to outrun the GeForce GTX 680 in 3DMark11 were the dual-GPU powered GeForce GTX 590 and Radeon HD 6990.

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