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CONIN Dec 24, 2012 @ 12:08pm
Will this one be upgradeable when the new release comes out?
Hi guys, I'm interested on buying both 3DMark11 and 3DMark Vantage, but I'd like to know if these are upgradeable when the new versions comes out, since I wouldn't like to pay twice. The Futuremark website does not says anything about, and neither the Steam store pages for 3DMark11 and 3DMark Vantage.

Does anyone knows something about?.

Thanks in advance.
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afextwin Dec 27, 2012 @ 5:55pm 
The next 3DMark will more than likely be released to support the next version of MS's DirectX.
3DMark11 supports DX11, Vantage supports DX10 [though I could be wrong]

edit: from the Vantage Steam store page: "Notice: 3DMark Vantage requires a DirectX 10 compatible video card, and Windows Vista or Windows 7. Use 3DMark 11 for DirectX 11 systems."

I would recomend holding off on purchasing the next version of 3DMark until the next version of DX is unveiled and the 2nd generation of GPU's supporting it are released [and of course purchased by yourself].
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NeCrOmAnCiN =[NuD]= Dec 30, 2012 @ 5:06am 
There both old now, in the next few months the new one is released
forever alone *_* Jan 4, 2013 @ 1:24pm 
Originally posted by NeCrOmAnCiN:
There both old now, in the next few months the new one is released


They were really cheap in the 2012 Christmas Sale. I have both now and dont regret it because the intergration is good from Steam>>3dmark>>online comparison. even past reformats/reinstalls.

Think of it this way, when (if) DX13 is released its not as if DX10/DX11 is going to disapear overnight. Microsoft is going to make DX11.1 Windows8 only (from what i have read) and since windows8 is going to flop anyway I dont think DX11 is going anywhere!
FM_kingkatt  [developer] Jan 7, 2013 @ 4:08am 
Our next 3DMark will work on everything from Windows Vista upwards. It has three different benchmark tests for specific types of hardware ranging from lightweight DirectX 9 tablets to the latest high-end DirectX 11 gaming rigs. The new 3DMark should be available soon and will be available on Steam when it is ready. In the meantime, you can find out more here: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/3dmark

We haven't announced any pricing or offers yet, but you can expect a similar approach to our previous versions: a free Basic Edition with limited features, a complete paid Advanced Edition and a Professional Edition for business users, industry and press.
forever alone *_* Jan 7, 2013 @ 10:09am 
So will the next version be DX11 or DX11.1?
CONIN Jan 7, 2013 @ 7:21pm 
Originally posted by FM_kingkatt:
We haven't announced any pricing or offers yet, but you can expect a similar approach to our previous versions: a free Basic Edition with limited features, a complete paid Advanced Edition and a Professional Edition for business users, industry and press.
But that's not my question: I want to know if my license will be upgraded to the new version once its released, or if I will have to pay again.
FM_kingkatt  [developer] Jan 8, 2013 @ 1:29am 
Originally posted by yomi-konomi:
So will the next version be DX11 or DX11.1?


All three tests use a DirectX 11 engine. We then use Direct3D feature levels to create tests for specific classes of hardware. For example, Ice Storm uses a DirectX 11 engine limited to Direct3D feature level 9_1, which makes it ideal for testing DirectX 9 based mobile devices. You can find out more about Direct3D feature levels here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ff476876(v=vs.85).aspx


Originally posted by Conin:
But that's not my question: I want to know if my license will be upgraded to the new version once its released, or if I will have to pay again.

No, your license will not be upgraded. Each 3DMark version is a separate product. I'm not sure about Steam, but we will have a discount for existing customers in our own store at http://www.futuremark.com/store. Since keys can be exchanged between the standalone and Steam versions, that is an option if you want to save a bit. Or you could always wait for the inevitable Steam sale. :-)
CONIN Jan 8, 2013 @ 8:02pm 
Originally posted by FM_kingkatt:
No, your license will not be upgraded. Each 3DMark version is a separate product. I'm not sure about Steam, but we will have a discount for existing customers in our own store at http://www.futuremark.com/store. Since keys can be exchanged between the standalone and Steam versions, that is an option if you want to save a bit. Or you could always wait for the inevitable Steam sale. :-)
Thanks a lot for your answer, it is clear for me now =)
Chicken Dipper [OS] Feb 1, 2013 @ 7:07pm 
New 3DMARK releases on 04 February.
forever alone *_* Feb 9, 2013 @ 11:56am 
So why is there a new 3dmark version out? if they are still using directx11 as before this adds no value to the product. except to FM shareholders.
Chicken Dipper [OS] Feb 9, 2013 @ 1:34pm 
Originally posted by yomi-konomi:
So why is there a new 3dmark version out? if they are still using directx11 as before this adds no value to the product. except to FM shareholders.
More support for multi-GPU systems and "future proofness". The new Fire Strike test is killing a lot of newer machines because its built to last a few years. I don't consider it a new version, but more of an upgrade.
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FM_kingkatt  [developer] Feb 22, 2013 @ 1:24am 
3DMark 11 is a DirectX 11 benchmark that was released in December 2010. 3DMark Fire Strike is a second generation DirectX 11 benchmark released in 2013. 3DMark Fire Strike is the more modern and demanding of the two, for instance, the default rendering resolution in 3DMark 11 is 720p, while in 3DMark Fire Strike it is 1080p. Fire Strike Extreme, which is designed for testing the latest multi-GPU systems, is even more demanding with a default rendering of 1440p.

As many websites and magazines continue to use 3DMark 11, the scores are still relevant and can be compared. If you have the latest high-end GPU/CPU you should think about upgrading to the new 3DMark. Click on the "download demo" to try the free version if you are not sure.
CONIN Feb 22, 2013 @ 5:14pm 
Originally posted by H|G Chicken Dipper:
...More support for multi-GPU systems...
Originally posted by FM_kingkatt:
...designed for testing the latest multi-GPU systems, is even more demanding with a default rendering of 1440p....

I have four EVGA 680's Classified, and when I run the new 3DMark with either a 3WAY or 4WAY SLI setup (1600p) the scores does not seem to be logical at all.
Last edited by CONIN; Feb 22, 2013 @ 5:14pm
FM_Jarnis Feb 23, 2013 @ 11:17pm 
There is an issue when running new 3DMark with 3 and 4 video cards that we are working to resolve with the graphics card vendors. We hope to have more news on it next week - stand by.
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