Wednesday, May 28th 2014

Futuremark Announces 3DMark Sky Diver

Futuremark today announced 3DMark Sky Diver, a new DirectX 11 benchmark test for gaming laptops and mid-range PCs. 3DMark Sky Diver is the ideal test for benchmarking systems with mainstream DirectX 11 graphics cards, mobile GPUs, or integrated graphics. A preview trailer for the new benchmark shows a wingsuited woman skydiving into a mysterious, uncharted location. The scene is brought to life with tessellation, particles and advanced post-processing effects. Sky Diver will be shown in full at Computex from June 3-7, or find out more here.

Jukka Makinen, Futuremark CEO said, "Some people think that 3DMark is only for high-end hardware and extreme overclocking. Yet millions of PC gamers rely on 3DMark to choose systems that best balance performance, efficiency and affordability. 3DMark Sky Diver complements our other tests by providing the ideal benchmark for gaming laptops and mainstream PCs."

3DMark - The Gamer's Benchmark for all your hardware
3DMark is the only benchmark that offers a range of tests for different classes of hardware:
  • Fire Strike, for high performance gaming PCs (DirectX 11, feature level 11)
  • Sky Diver, for gaming laptops and mid-range PCs (DirectX 11, feature level 11)
  • Cloud Gate, for notebooks and typical home PCs (DirectX 11 feature level 10)
  • Ice Storm, for tablets and entry level PCs (DirectX 11 feature level 9)


With 3DMark, you can benchmark the full performance range of modern DirectX 11 graphics hardware. Where Fire Strike is like a modern game on ultra high settings, Sky Diver is closer to a DirectX 11 game played on normal settings. This makes Sky Diver the best choice for benchmarking entry level to mid-range systems and Fire Strike the perfect benchmark for high performance gaming PCs.

See 3DMark Sky Diver in full at Computex
3DMark Sky Diver will be on display on the ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE, Galaxy, Inno3D, and G-Skill booths at Computex, June 3-7.
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Shian, ASUS Vice President & General Manager of Notebook Business Unit said, "We are proud to partner with Futuremark to show 3DMark Sky Diver at Computex. Sky Diver helps PC gamers choose systems that offer great performance and great value. We invite everyone to visit our stand to experience 3DMark Sky Diver on a range of new ASUS products."

Coming soon
Sky Diver will be released as an update for all editions of 3DMark, including the free 3DMark Basic Edition. Further details, including the release date, will be announced at Computex and on Futuremark's website.
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15 Comments on Futuremark Announces 3DMark Sky Diver

#1
RejZoR
Call me old and bitter, but this doesn't look impressive at all. It's like looking a skydiver rendered by the same engine that was powering Rage game. Even the rocks look exactly the same. Boooring.

The only 3DMark that actually impressed me was 2000 with that crazy water render in a pool at the end using graphic cards without any pixel shaders. And the amazing nature in 2001. I still remember all the grass and tree leaves swinging in a slightly windy sunny day. That impresses me even today every time i see it, because in all honesty, i haven't seen any game environemnt ever look like that. Not even in The Elder Scrolls games where nature is usually stunning.
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#2
mr2009
"Futuremark today announced 3DMark Sky Diver, a new DirectX 111 benchmark test for gaming laptops and mid-range PCs."
looks like someone travel to the future...
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#3
Arjai
partial ani-wood!

:roll:
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#4
john_
by: RejZoR
The only 3DMark that actually impressed me was 2000 with that crazy water render in a pool at the end using graphic cards without any pixel shaders.
I really would love a screen saver of that but without the fish. The fish where the only part of this test that wasn't so good looking.
Also the ocean test was really really good.
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#5
RejZoR
Fish? That was in 2003.
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#6
john_
No, not 2003. I had 2001SE in mind. My mistake.

I found a video of 2000. Yes that last one was really good, maybe the only really impressive part of this benchmark.
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#7
P4-630
Will it also be an update for 3d mark Vantage? Or just for the latest 3d mark software?
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#8
FX-GMC
by: P4-630
Will it also be an update for 3d mark Vantage? Or just for the latest 3d mark software?
Looks to be an additional test for the latest 3DMark, 3DMark.
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#9
MikeMurphy
I just removed all my 3DMark stuff last night. I was tired of trying to run things, and being nickel and dimed on updates and being forced to use my browser for results that wouldn't show due to some error. I updated everything for 3dmark2011, ran the benchmark and then got another error that I had to update a 3dmark system service, separately??! Never again.

Futuremark has totally mishandled benchmarking for the past 10 years. Now, we have piles of different versions, we can further ruin comparability with performance vs quality runs, older versions are totally abandoned and no longer useable.

Futuremark has totally lost sight of benchmarking.
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#10
FX-GMC
by: MikeMurphy
I just removed all my 3DMark stuff last night. I was tired of trying to run things, and being nickel and dimed on updates and being forced to use my browser for results that wouldn't show due to some error. I updated everything for 3dmark2011, ran the benchmark and then got another error that I had to update a 3dmark system service, separately??! Never again.

Futuremark has totally mishandled benchmarking for the past 10 years. Now, we have piles of different versions, we can further ruin comparability with performance vs quality runs, older versions are totally abandoned and no longer useable.

Futuremark has totally lost sight of benchmarking.
3DMark (as in 3dmark the newest one) has been flawless for me.
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#11
damric
Cool. I'm pretty much limited to Futuremark benches thanks to HWBOT's draconian Windows 8 submission policy.
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#12
Razorfang
I'm more partial to Unigine Heaven. Catzilla gets bonus points for being out-there.
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#13
lZKoce
by: Razorfang
I'm more partial to Unigine Heaven. Catzilla gets bonus points for being out-there.
Catzilla is awesome duuude :) It's just so awesome :D

What bugs me about this new benchmark: Why it had to be a woman sky diver? I will jump on leg here and guess, because gamers will get a brief shot from ass and tits....
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#14
MikeMurphy
by: FX-GMC
3DMark (as in 3dmark the newest one) has been flawless for me.
Good, now lets travel back in time and have reviewers run their older hardware on 3DMark13.
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#15
FX-GMC
by: MikeMurphy
Good, now lets travel back in time and have reviewers run their older hardware on 3DMark13.
Good idea. We will use a DX11 benchmark on hardware made before DX11 even came out. That will be fun.
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