The offical 3Dmark 11 home-page has details about the latest benchmark. Follow the description, additional tests are now based on industrial API for General-Purpose computing (GPGPU) — DirectCompute and Bullet Physics library. With the use of these GPGPU techniques NVIDIA and ATI / AMD will now have equal rights. Note, ATI could not offer a competitive General-Purpose computing platform by the time previous version of 3DMark — Vantage — was released, therefore, it(Vantage) only includes NVIDIA’s PhysX API which is supported by NVIDIA graphics cards only.
3DMark 11 — is next version in series of graphic card benchmark created by Finnish company Futuremark. This time, tests included are dedicated to evaluate the performance level of graphic cards supporting the latest DirectX 11 API.
Graphics benchmarks feature different combination of absolutely new test scenes Deep Sea and High Temple.
Free version of the 3DMark 11 will be available for download since 30th November 2010, while the extended version is already available for pre-order.