3DMark 11 requires DirectX 11, a DirectX 11 compatible video card, and Windows Vista or Windows 7.
This preset is designed for benchmarking with a low level of load on the graphics card. The benchmark runs in 1024 x 600 resolution making it suitable for most DirectX 11 capable systems including notebooks and netbooks.
This preset is designed for benchmarking with a moderate load on the graphics card. The benchmark runs in 1280 x 720 (720p) making it suitable for most DirectX 11 capable gaming
This preset is designed for benchmarking with a very heavy load on the graphics card. The benchmark runs in 1920 x 1080 (1080p). Although this setting may well bring many PCs to their knees today it represents the likely loads used by high end games in years to come. This preset is particularly well suited to high-end gaming PCs.
The benchmark can be run with customized settings. When it is run in a resolution with an aspect ratio other than 16:9, the rendering is done within a 16:9 letterbox.
The audio visual demo is designed to showcase the DirectX 11 graphics from the Deep Sea and High Temple tests accompanied by an evocative soundtrack. Image quality and other effect settings are scaled according to your hardware to ensure decent frame rates. In 3DMark 11 Basic Edition the demo resolution is fixed at 720p while in 3DMark 11 Advanced Edition users can choose from a wide range of custom resolutions.
By default 3DMark 11 submits and stores your benchmark results online on the 3DMark website. If you have 3DMark 11 Advanced Edition you can also choose to save your result files to your hard drive or another local offline location.
This setting allows the benchmark to repeat indefinitely. Benchmark looping is an effective way to test the stability of a system after upgrading or overclocking a component. This type of benchmark run doesn’t produce a score.
This setting allows the audio visual demo to be set up to loop indefinitely for display or trade show purposes. Demo looping is only available in the 3DMark 11 Professional Edition.
This tool renders pixel perfect images from any point during the tests or the audio visual demo. Using these images you can compare differences between different settings, drivers and or hardware. The image quality tool is only available in the 3DMark 11 Professional Edition.
This feature, which is only available in the 3DMark 11 Professional Edition, allows the benchmark to be configured and automated using scripts running from the command line.
The 3DMark 11 benchmark is complemented by a suite of online services on 3DMark.com that offer additional features and tools. Access to these services is free for all 3DMark 11 users though the features on offer vary depending on the edition used.
A personal account allows you to save your results in one place, edit descriptions and comments as well as granting access to all the features and tools available.
One of the most common questions from users after running a benchmark is “Is my score OK?” The 3DMark online service lets you browse, search and compare results from millions of other users. In addition, every time you submit a result you will see a simple chart showing how your score compares to those from others with similar hardware.
The 3DMark 11 online service allows you to store your benchmark results for reference at a later date. 3DMark 11 Basic Edition users are limited to storing just one result. When submitting new results you can choose whether to keep or overwrite the previous result. 3DMark 11 Advanced Edition users can store an unlimited number of results online.
We are able to offer the 3DMark online services for free because they are part-funded by advertising. We aim to ensure that all advertising on our websites is relevant to our users. 3DMark 11 Advanced Edition users who are logged in to the online service will not see any advertising on that section of the website. Please note this does not apply to the main pages on Futuremark.com nor to the special sponsorship placements within the benchmarks tests.
Futuremark offers a community powered online support site where you can find the answers to common questions and problems. All posts are read by members of the team and we aim to respond within 24 hours during normal European working hours. 3DMark 11 Professional Edition users have direct email and telephone access to Futuremark staff for priority support.