3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world’s most popular benchmark for measuring the 3D graphics performance of gaming PCs. 3DMark 11 uses a native DirectX 11 engine designed to make extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11, including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading.
Since Futuremark is releasing 3DMark11 today we decided to run the benchmark at both performance and extreme presets to see how our hardware will run.
Benchmark results: We were a little surprised to see that the ASUS Crosshair V Formula and the AMD FX-8150 ‘Bulldozer’ processor were able to edge out the ASUS P9X79 Pro and Core i7 3960X, at least during the extreme preset. The ‘Bulldozer’ platform was able to manage a score of 1651 3DMarks overall with a graphics score of 1494 backing it up. The ASUS P9X79 Pro was close with an overall score of 1644 and a graphics score of 1465. When we fired up 3DMark 11 in the performance preset, the ASUS P9X79 Pro was able to take the lead from the ‘Bulldozer’ platform by 90 points, though the graphics score was 78 points lower on the Intel Core i7 3960X.