3DMark gets a massive update today in the form of Sky Diver, a brand new DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming laptops and mid-range PCs.
Every single 3DMark user - more than a million and counting - will get Sky Diver as a free update. For new users, Sky Diver is unlocked and ready to use in both the demo and the paid version of 3DMark.
Sky Diver is ideal for testing mainstream graphics cards, mobile GPUs, integrated graphics and other systems that cannot achieve double-digit frame rates in the more demanding Fire Strike test.
Together, Sky Diver and Fire Strike let you benchmark the full range of DirectX 11 graphics hardware. Where Fire Strike is equivalent to testing your PC with a selection of modern DirectX 11 games on ultra-high settings, Sky Diver is more like running those games on normal settings. As a general guide:
- If your PC scores less than 2800 in Fire Strike you should run Sky Diver.
- If your PC scores more than 12000 in Sky Diver, you should run Fire Strike.
Please note that Sky Diver and Fire Strike scores are not directly comparable.
Sky Diver includes a Demo, two Graphics tests, a Physics test and a Combined test. The Graphics tests measure GPU performance, the Physics test measures CPU performance, and the Combined test stresses both GPU and CPU. The Demo does not affect the score.
You'll find more details in our 3DMark Technical Guide[www.futuremark.com]
An important note from NVIDIA about driver compatibility
"While testing the 3DMark Sky Diver benchmark, NVIDIA discovered an issue where some of their GPU configurations would render a black screen during benchmarking. NVIDIA has since solved the issue for these configurations and will be including the fix with their next driver installment coming early next week. In the meantime, if you experience this issue with your configuration, please use the 335.23 WHQL driver, available from both NVIDIA.com and GeForce.com."
Download 335.23 WHQL for