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3DMark 11 was released in 2010. We recommend 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark Sky Diver for testing modern hardware.

DirectX 11 video card benchmark

3DMark 11 is a DirectX 11 video card benchmark test for measuring 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 consistently and reliably tests your PC's DirectX 11 performance under game-like loads.

  • Test the DirectX 11 gaming performance of your PC.
  • Explore the Deep Sea and the High Temple with stunning DirectX 11 graphics.
  • Four GPU graphics tests, a CPU physics test and a combined GPU/CPU test.
  • Three presets cover everything from lightweight laptops to desktop PCs.

3DMark 11 was released in 2010.  For testing modern DirectX 11 hardware, we recommend 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark Sky Diver.

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 × 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 × 720 (720p).


Advanced and Professional Editions

Gaming PC

The Extreme preset, included in the Advanced and Professional Editions, runs at 1920 × 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.

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For businesses, press and other commercial users

3DMark 11 Professional Edition

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

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For gamers, overclockers and enthusiasts

3DMark 11 Advanced Edition

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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3DMark 11 Basic Edition

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.

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Minimum system requirements

OS: Windows 7 SP1
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 is required for some features.


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