3DMark for Windows 8 announced

Windows 8 may not be officially released for a while, but that isn't stopping one well known software company from revealing plans to offer a new version of its most well known product for Microsoft's latest operating system. On Monday, Futuremark announced plans to release 3DMark for Windows 8. The new version of the gaming-themed PC hardware benchmarking software product is scheduled to be released sometime in 2012.

Futuremark says that 3DMark for Windows 8 (which is a working title, by the way) will be able to be used in both the classic Windows user interface as well as the new Metro-style touch screen UI. It wil also support both X86 processors and ARM-designed processors, just like Windows 8 is supposed to support. Futuremark also offered up a concept image for the new version of 3DMark, shown above. Previous versions of 3DMark have all used in-engine demos to record the gaming performance of PC hardware. It's possible that the concept art is for one of the planned demos for 3DMark for Windows 8.

Typically, Futuremark offers up a new version of 3DMark when there is also a new version of Microsoft's DirectX graphics API available. Currently, game developers are working on tools based on DirectX 11. Microsoft usually releases a new version of DirectX around the launch of a new Windows OS. It offered up a DirectX 11.1 version for the Windows 8 developers preview build. However, Microsoft has yet to reveal any plans for DirectX 12; if history is any indication though we should learn more about the next version of DirectX very soon.

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My problem here is if 11.1 Direct X is coming to Windows 8 there is no reason to not allow it to run on Windows 7. I'm not about to fork over more cash for a OS that I don't need after Win7 is working just fine. They need to allow this new version and some other features to be patched into Win7.

sava700 said,
My problem here is if 11.1 Direct X is coming to Windows 8 there is no reason to not allow it to run on Windows 7. I'm not about to fork over more cash for a OS that I don't need after Win7 is working just fine. They need to allow this new version and some other features to be patched into Win7.

Err where does it mention that it won't be ported over? It's a minor update, not a major one.

im such a sucker for 3dmark... i always look forward to the new version. i can sit at my computer all night just tweaking settings and running the tests over and over. 3dmark11 looks amazing, so im always excited to see how they can push the envelope

FoxieFoxie said,

It's by John Callaham, what did you expect?

Yeah because you don't make slight typos do you? Go back to farting rainbows.

Mattytommo said,

Yeah because you don't make slight typos do you? Go back to farting rainbows.


12 instead of 11.1, what a slight typo that nobody would see..