The wait is over. Futuremark's 3DMark 11 graphics benchmark came out earlier this morning, with the surprisingly light 279MB Basic Edition download making its way to a healthy number of mirrors in such a short period of time. If you own a DirectX 11 graphics card and want to bring it to its knees, this is your chance.
Otherwise, the video above provides a good look at the test's eye candy in convenient streaming 1080p format. It looks like the Basic Edition of 3DMark 11 features six tests: two in that underwater setting from the first teaser images, two in the jungle setting Futuremark showed back in October, and a couple of physics tests based on the Bullet Physics library.
Futuremark offers additional test settings and results management in the Advanced and Professional editions of 3DMark 11, which are available for $19.95 and $995, respectively, from the company's website. The Professional Edition is purportedly the only one licensed for commercial use, and it also "unlocks all features including command line automation, the image quality tool, logo-free demo looping and priority support"—so that explains the lofty asking price.
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