Futuremark informs us the 3DMark Time Spy Extreme update is now available for download. This is a new test designed specifically for benching DirectX 12 systems in the 4K resolution. Time Spy Extreme is offered for free to paid users of 3DMark, enthusiasts need at least the $29.99 3DMark Advanced Edition to get access to this test.
Time Spy Extreme is a benchmark for gamers who want to play at the highest settings, system builders configuring 4K-capable machines, and overclockers who are tweaking the latest PC hardware for every last bit of extra performance.
Time Spy Extreme is the world's first 4K DirectX 12 benchmark test, developed with input from AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, and the other members of our Benchmark Development Program.
With its 4K Ultra HD rendering resolution and a redesigned CPU test, Time Spy Extreme is the ideal benchmark test for the latest high-end graphics cards and new processors with 8 or more cores. You don't need a 4K monitor to run the test, though you will need a GPU with at least 4 GB of dedicated memory.
Ideal for new multi-core processors
The CPU test has been redesigned to let processors with 8 or more cores perform to their full potential. Compared with Time Spy, the Extreme CPU test is three times more demanding. It also lets processors use more advanced instructions sets up to AVX2 when supported.
You'll find a more detailed description of the tests and scoring methods in the 3DMark Technical Guide.
Time Spy Extreme Stress Test
The update also adds a new Time Spy Extreme Stress Test. Stress testing is a good way to check the stability of your system after buying or building a new PC, upgrading your graphics card, or overclocking your GPU. It can help you identify hardware problems or a need for better cooling.
Time Spy Extreme is available now as a free update for 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition licenses purchased after July 14, 2016.
For people who bought 3DMark before July 14, 2016, Time Spy Extreme can be added to 3DMark by purchasing the Time Spy upgrade for $9.99 from within the application, (the update is free for people who already own the upgrade).
Standalone versions of 3DMark will prompt you to download and install the update. On Steam, 3DMark is updated automatically.
3DMark Advanced Edition - $29.99
3DMark Advanced Edition unlocks all benchmarks and additional features including Time Spy Extreme, Stress Tests, and Custom Run settings.
Unlock all benchmarks and feature tests including Time Spy Extreme.
Check your PC's stability with 3DMark Stress Tests.
Explore your PC's performance limits with custom settings.
Get in-depth insights with interactive performance graphs.