Futuremark's collection of benchmarks are handy when it comes to evaluating hardware, comparing computer parts, and rooting out potential problems. For testing graphics cards and integrated graphics, 3DMark is the go-to benchmark, and it's about to get even better. At Computex next week, Futuremark will show off Sky Driver, a new 3DMark benchmark test for DirectX 11 gaming laptops and mid-range PCs.
The new test is intended for mainstream DirectX 11 graphics cards, mobile GPUs, and integrated graphics. It slips in beneath Fire Strike, which is for high performance gaming PCs, and above Cloud Gate (notebooks and typical home PCs) and Ice Storm (tablets and entry level PCs).
"With 3DMark, you can benchmark the full performance range of modern DirectX 11 graphics hardware. Where Fire Strike is like a modern game on ultra high settings, Sky Diver is closer to a DirectX 11 game played on normal settings," Futuremark explains. "This makes Sky Diver the best choice for benchmarking entry level to mid-range systems and Fire Strike the perfect benchmark for high performance gaming PCs."
Sky Diver will be rolled out as a free update for all editions of 3DMark.