DX11: 3DMark11 Benchmark Tests
3DMark11, like it’s name implies, is the leading benchmark for DirectX-11 video cards from 3DMark. 3DMark uses an in-house independent DX11 engine which is capable of rendering and delivering very demanding test scenes, as well as taking advantage of many of DX11 advantages including tessellation, compute shaders, depth of field effects and many more.
Although 3DMark11 offers an unbiased Open Source Physics Library as viable replacement for NVIDIA’s PhysX for the CPU/GPU Physics Test, Benchmark Reviews only takes into consideration the four graphics test from 3DMark11 which focus more on raw graphics card performance.
3DMark11 Benchmark Settings
The GeForce GTX 960 just about fails to beat the GeForce GTX 770 in the 3DMark11 benchmark. There is clearly a big gap in between the GTX 960 and the GTX 970 which should give some insight as to what NVIDIA should be planing to do in the upcoming months. The 3DMark11 test also shows how the GM206 found in the GeForce GTX 960 compares to the fully fleshed GM204 found on the GeForce GTX 980, bringing in almost exactly half of it’s performance.