Futuremark has announced a new version of its famous benchmarking tool, 3DMark 2012. The release date will be shortly after Windows 8, but it will be able to work under Windows 7 and Windows Vista. The newer version is mainly focused on Direct X 11 GPUs but it will also support Direct X 9 and 10′s benchmarking.
Futuremark’s marketing planner James Gallagher said:
“Gamers seem disappointed that there was no next-gen news at E3 this year. Strange really, because for PC gaming the technology is already here and it was no surprise to us that the most exciting, interesting and impressive E3 demos were running on PCs,
Intrinsically, 3DMark 2012 is accommodated with a bunch of impressive features that will offer the most stunning visual spectacle to goggle at while you’re busy benchmarking. The press release says that it will support intelligent tesselation, advanced volumetric lighting, real-time light scattering, fluid dynamic simulation of cloud and smoke particles, ambient occlusion, and various lens effects. For the people who are confused with these terms, take a look at this video.
“After watching Epic’s UE4 demo, the Final Fantasy demo from Square Enix, and our 3DMark tech demo back to back it looks like swirling fire embers are THE must-have next-gen feature. Funny how art and technology can converge like that, eh?,”