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FutureMark launches 3DMark05 benchmark program

Posted on Wednesday, September 29 2004 @ 17:02:16 CEST by

A few minutes ago Futuremark launched the newest version of their popular benchmark, 3DMark05.

New Features in 3DMark05 include:
  • Full support for Microsoft DirectX 9.0c;
  • Supporting the latest pixel- and vertex shader models (2.0, 2.a, 2.b and 3.0),
  • Three new game tests, all requiring hardware for DirectX 9.0 with support for pixel shader 2.0 or higher;
  • Two CPU tests, the other one presenting a multithreaded AI implementation, especially suitable for virtual or physical multiprocessor systems;
  • New feature and batch size tests;
  • New and improved image, filtering and anti-aliasing quality tools;
  • New graph tool for in-depth performance analysis,
  • The ultimate showcase of Windows-based real-time 3D graphics: Dazzling demo with original soundtrack.
New engine:
  • Dynamically builds shaders for each material in High-Level Shader Language (HLSL) format;
  • Shaders are runtime compiled to best fit the installed hardware;
  • Uses exclusively shader model 2.0 and 3.0 for all vertex and pixel processing;
  • Renders real-time light scattering for atmospherical effects;
  • Uses improved Perspective Shadow Maps (PSM) with Depth Stencil Texture (DST) and hardware accelerated Percentage Closest Filtering (PCF) if supported.
New and improved tools to assist reviewers and test labs:
  • Image quality inspection tool;
    • Ability to export frame by frame using different options and settings;
    • Pre-rendered Reference Rasterizer image database for comparison;
  • Texture filtering and anti-aliasing quality inspection tool;
    • Anti-Aliasing;
    • Bilinear/Trilinear/Anisotropic filtering;
  • Graphs of runtime statistics;
    • Frame rate;
    • Frame duration;
    • Polygon count;
    • Vertex count;
    • State change count;
    • Drawing batch count;
  • System Info utility, which provides an in-depth analysis of the status and features of the system’s components;
  • Extended Online ResultBrowser for Pro users;
    • MultiComparison;
    • Dynamic compare URLs;
    • 18 filters for search and comparison.

3DMark05 Minimum System Recommendations/Requirements:

x86 compatible processor with SSE support, 2GHz
512MB of RAM
1.5GB of free hard disk space
Windows® 2000/XP with the latest updates & Service Packs
DirectX®9.0c or later
DirectX®9.0 compliant graphics adapter that has 128MB of memory and is capable of PixelShader 2.0 or higher
Microsoft® Internet Explorer 6

FutureMark 3DMark05

The normal version of 3DMark05 is available for free. The Pro version, 3DMark05 Pro, which offers some more features is available for $29.95 on CD-ROM, or $19.95 when you download it. The Business Edition of 3DMark05 is shipping on CD-ROM for $250.

More info and download over at Futuremark



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