3DMark05 is concentrated on measuring the performance of the DirectX 9 generation of 3D hardware using the technology of next generation games. Earlier 3DMark versions have usually been launched with the introduction of a new Microsoft DirectX version and with the introduction of a new hardware generation. This has somewhat limited how much 3DMark has utilized the new hardware features. At the time of this writing, DirectX 9 was introduced soon two years ago, and there is now DX9 generation hardware available all the way from the very high end to value and mobile parts. 3DMark05 can thereby utilize the features of DirectX 9 to a 100%. In fact, DirectX 9 hardware is required for every game test of 3DMark05, resulting in the ultimate tool for DirectX 9 hardware performance comparison.
Three new game tests, all requiring DirectX 9 hardware support.
Feature tests focusing on key characteristics of graphics performance.
The 3DMark05 demo the ultimate display of real-time 3D graphics featuring an original sound track.
Multiprocessor CPU test. A CPU-intensive run of two game tests, adding CPU loads typical for 3D games and tuned for multiprocessor systems.
A wide range of benchmark settings and professional tools for image quality inspection, texture filtering quality testing, automated batch runs and a lot more.
The primary features in the free version of 3DMark05
3 Game tests, using DirectX 9 features extensively.
A multiprocessor CPU test focusing on CPU intensive tasks in 3D games.
An exciting and awe-inspiring 3DMark demo, pushing your system to its limits.
System Info utility, which provides an in-depth analysis of the status and features of the components in your PC.
Access to the Online Result Browser for global comparison of PC performance.
Additional features available in the Pro and Business versions of 3DMark05
Full control over the benchmark display configuration, including resolution, colour palette, anti-aliasing and texture filtering.
Feature tests measuring shader performance, and other essential graphics performance features.
Professional tools, including image quality analysis and graph creation of runtime statistics.
Result import to MS Excel tool for easier result management and report creation.
Access to the Pro-Online Result Browser, a must have for all professional system testers and enthusiast overclockers.
Minimum Requirements for 3DMark05:
DirectX 9 compatible graphics adapter with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 or later, and graphics memory of 128 MB or above.
Intel® or AMD® compatible processor running on 2 GHz or above.
512 MB system memory or more.
1.5 GB of free hard disk space.
Windows 2000 or XP operating system with the latest Service Packs and updates installed.
DirectX 9.0c runtime installed (download) with the latest updates.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 installed, for some 3DMark functionality (download).
Microsoft Excel 2000, 2003 or XP, for some 3DMark functionality.
Microsoft DirectX 9 Summer Update 2004 System Development Kit is required to run the image quality test using the reference rasterizer.
Technical Details Associated with the New 3DMark05 (Build 1.2.0)
Benchmark scores do not change between build 1.2.0 and build 1.1.0, except when the system is influenced by the changes listed below;
Updated System Info module with support for the latest CPU and graphics hardware;
GeForce FX-series now use VS2.a as default;
Modified anisotropic texture filtering settings to ensure that all hardware performs the desired amount of filtering when anisotropic filtering is selected from the benchmark settings;
Updated version of the Entech library, which is used to detect the clock frequency of the graphics chip core and memory;
Improved compatibility for graphics cards with 128MB of video memory when using Anti-Aliasing;
Various fixes & corrections to Image Quality Tools;
Fixed all reported & reproduced bugs;
Possible result vulnerability has been blocked
New feature for the Basic Edition (Free)
The Professional & Business Editions will
continue to show the results offline, but 3DMark05 Build 1.3.0 introduces a new
feature for the Basic Edition (Free) users - the score is viewable online only.
This new feature will enable new users to get an online analysis of their
system, and to quickly & easily compare their results to others. The new online
service called "Result Analyzer" is one of the key elements of the next
generation of benchmarks from Futuremark.
Fixes & Updates
Fixed looping crash;
Improved startup speed by optimizing the
Updated SystemInfo component with support
for the latest CPU and graphics hardware;