FutureMark announces the availability of 3DMark 2003
FutureMark Corporation (former MadOnion) announced the availability of 3DMark 2003, which is a new version of a popular 3D benchmark.
From the moment of the first release 3DMark has become a standard in 3D-benchmarking. Good results in these tests speak for the nice graphics hardware as well as the entire system quality. Besides, 3Dmark is known for its accuracy in measuring graphics cards performance. Moreover, easy-to-use interface is a good thing as well.
3DMark03 includes four game tests (see below), as well as CPU, 3D features, image quality and 3D sound tests. These latter are not added to the final rating, being indirect to target 3D-graphics performance. CPU test enables to evaluate its effect on typical 3D workflow. 3D features tests isolate performance of key features (mostly related to shaders). 3D sound test, new to 3DMark, allow to evaluate the impact of 3D sound sources on graphics perfromance. In its turn, a number of image quality tests lets you feel the integrity of graphics hardware and drivers.
So, the first test is Wings of Fury based on DirectX7.
Next two feature Battle of Proxycon and Trolls´ Lair, respectively. They utilize DirectX8, Pixel Shaders 1.4 and Vertex Shaders 1.1.
The last game test Mother Nature. Beautiful scenery illustrates the performance of DirectX9, Pixel Shaders 2.0 and Vertex Shader 2.0.
You can download 3DMark03 from here.
P.S. DirectX7-based graphics card owners note: most likely, you will be to run just a single game test and a small number of 3D features tests, as this new version is aimed at DirectX9. So think, if you really need this 181Mb piece of software.
(Images taken from MyDrivers.com)
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