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3DMark 11 Best DirectX 11 GPU benchmark

DirectX 11 video card benchmark for gamers

3DMark 11 is a DirectX 11 video card benchmark test for Windows that is designed to measure your PC's gaming performance. 3DMark 11 makes extensive use of DirectX 11 features including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. Trusted by gamers worldwide to give accurate and unbiased results, 3DMark 11 is the best way to consistently and reliably test DirectX 11 under game-like loads.

  • Test the DirectX 11 gaming performance of your Windows PCs and devices with 3DMark 11.
  • Explore the Deep Sea and the High Temple with stunning real-time DirectX 11 graphics.
  • Includes four GPU graphics tests, a CPU physics test and a combined GPU/CPU test.
  • Three presets for testing everything from lightweight laptops to heavy-duty desktop PCs.

Deep Sea 1

Graphics test 1

3DMark 11 Deep Sea screenshot

Powerful spotlights light up the depths as a team of submersibles explore the deep sea. This GPU graphics test features a large number of spot and point lights, with some of the spot lights casting shadows. Volumetric illumination with noise adjusted optical density creates the effect of murky water. There is no tesselation in this test.

Deep Sea 2

Graphics test 2

3DMark 11 Deep Sea screenshot

A pair of submersibles uncover the rich textures of the sea floor. Deep Sea Graphics Test 2 features fewer lights than Graphics Test 1 but introduces a moderate amount of tesselated geometry on the rocks, corals and man-made structures. Post processing adds depth of field and other camera lens effects.

High Temple 1

Graphics test 3

3DMark 11 High Temple screenshot

The ruined remains of a lost civilization. An abandoned dig site. Secrets hidden deep in the jungle are uncovered with atmospheric lighting and DirectX 11 tessellation. Volumetric lighting illuminates the scene with bright sunlight filtering through the dense foliage. Tessellation adds rich detail to the temple carvings and the jungle foliage.

High Temple 2

Graphics test 4

3DMark 11 High Temple screenshot

Lit up by the bright headlights of abandoned vehicles and the blue light of the Moon, the temple shows its sinister side. This GPU test features heavy tesselation and the majority of the workload comes from drawing tessellated geometry. The Moon acts as a shadow casting directional light and the headlights are shadow casting spot lights.

Physics test

CPU stress test

3DMark 11 Physics Test screenshot

The Physics test is a pure CPU performance benchmark using lightweight rendering techniques to minimise any GPU impact on scoring. The test contains a multi-theaded simulation of a large number of rigid bodies, some connected with joints, colliding using the Bullet Open Source Physics Library.

Combined test

CPU and GPU stress test

3DMark 11 Combined Test screenshot

The Combined test includes both CPU and GPU workloads. The CPU runs a rigid body physics simulation with a moderate number of colliding and jointed objects. The GPU simulates soft body physics using DirectCompute while simultaneously rendering tesselated geometry, volumetric lighting and post processing effects.


Advanced and Professional Editions

Notebook PC

The Entry preset runs at 1024 x 600 resolution making it suitable for most DirectX 11 capable systems including notebooks, netbooks and PCs with integrated graphics.


All Editions

Desktop PC

The Performance Preset is included in all editions and is the most suitable test for benchmarking DirectX 11 video cards in many PCs. It runs in 1280 x 720 (720p).


Advanced and Professional Editions

Gaming PC

The Extreme preset, included in the Advanced and Professional Editions, runs at 1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution with settings designed to stress high-end gaming PCs.

Custom Settings

Advanced and Professional Editions

Custom PC

In 3DMark 11 Advanced and Professional Editions you can choose custom settings to explore the performance of your PC in greater detail.

Ready for Windows 8

Windows 8 benchmark test

3DMark 11 is compatible with Windows 8 when using the latest SystemInfo component. With three presents ranging from Entry to Extreme you can use 3DMark 11 to test the gaming performance of all kinds of Windows 8 PCs from lightweight tablets and notebooks to high-end desktops.

Add 3DMark to Steam

3DMark 11 on Steam

With 3DMark 11 and Steam you get easy installation, automatic updates, friends leaderboards and more. You can freely move your Advanced Edition key between the Steam version and the stand-alone version. For details please read our 3DMark Steam FAQ.

DirectX 11 benchmark

DirectX 11 benchmark

DirectX 11 is designed to use the power of multi-core processors, providing efficient support for sophisticated shading and texturing techniques such as hardware tessellation. See the stunning possibilities for yourself in the 3DMark 11 audio visual demo.

3DMark 11

Basic Edition

Free download

3DMark 11 Basic Edition includes everything you need to get a 3DMark score with the Performance preset. Upgrade to the Advanced Edition to unlock the Entry and Extreme presets and custom settings.

Free download

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Advanced Edition

The Gamer's Benchmark

With 3DMark 11 Advanced Edition you get all three presets, custom settings, unlimited results storage and benchmark looping options for stability testing under load and burning in new components.


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Professional Edition

The industry standard

Designed for our business customers, 3DMark 11 Professional Edition includes custom testing options, command line automation, demo looping, offline results option and priorty support.



Minimum system requirements

OS: Windows Vista
Processor 1.8GHz dual-core Intel or AMD CPU
Memory 1GB of system memory
Graphics DirectX 11 compatible
Hard drive 1.5GB free hard disk space

Internet connection required for some features.

3DMark 11 for business use

3DMark 11 Professional Edition is the only edition licensed for commercial use. The license enables the benchmark and its results to be used for business purposes including performance testing, research and development, competitor analysis, and other sales and marketing activities. For details of our site licensing program please contact us.

3DMark for press

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Latest version: 3DMark 11 v1.0.5