As we reported a few days ago, Futuremark is back with a new benchmark, 3D Mark 11
. The official site
is now live, and features pictures and a preview video.
According to Futuremark's YouTube page, "3DMark 11 uses a native DirectX 11 engine which makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading.
You can see it in action in a video which features a pair of MSI-branded submarines floating underwater - embedded after the jump.
It looks pretty spectacular - there's lots of attention paid to lighting, but what caught my eye was the rusted and barnacle encrusted steel valves; it looks like an excellent combination of technologies such as tessellation and normal mapping to provide a real feeling of ageing material.
The YouTube page also confirms that "there will be a free edition that allows unlimited runs available at launch
" and that we'll first be able to see it running at the Computex trade show in Taipei at the start of June - Rich, Harry and myself will all be there, so we'll be sure to let you know what it looks like!