Remember when 3DMark impressed?

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Any PC enthusiast in the early 2000’s knows of Futuremark’s 3DMarks benchmarking suite. It was the de facto standard that all video manufacturers measured performance with. They even went as far as to implement driver cheats just to come out of ahead.

Those days are long gone though.

I used to be excited for 3DMark releases because they used to give a glimpse to what was possible with real-time graphics. Nowadays? They’re far less impressive. Crytek and Epic Games real-time tech demos offer more sizzle and more importantly: tangibility.

3DMark 11 Now Available

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Isn’t that product placement a little too subtle? Nah.

Futuremark’s 3DMark 11 is now available and you know what that means? It’s time to show off your e-peen.

I haven’t downloaded a 3DMark release on day one for many years now. The reasons being that it’s no longer that impressive to me and that it’s a waste of bandwidth.

With the release of 3DMark 11 and its tiny 282 MB download, I thought to myself: “Why not?”. It’s like half the size of the last release.

After watching a few flashy demos, the benchmarks ran and here are my results:

P2860 3DMarks

I don’t know how this stacks up and I don’t really care. I could compare it with others using this link here or I could start up Fallout: New Vegas. I think I’m going to do the latter.

P.S – For those who are wondering what the PC configuration is, it’s this one.

P.P.S – I haven’t been impressed with a 3DMark since 3DMark 06. Dragons, flying ships, space battles and forest faeries. That was awesome. FutureMark has been slacking since then.