If you put your ear next to your PC and listen closely, you may be able to hear your graphics processor quietly trembling in fear. That's because the next version of 3DMark is just around the corner—at least, if Chinese site Expreview has its fact straight. Supposedly, Futuremark is quietly preparing to launch 3DMark Vantage next Monday, April 28.
We've already reported on the upcoming benchmark a couple of times, on both occasions pointing out that only users with DirectX 10 graphics cards will even be able to run it. In a blog post last year, 3DMark developer Nick Renqvist explained DirectX 10 exclusivity is simply due to the fact that 3DMark03, 3DMark05, and 3DMark06 all supported DirectX 9 to some degree. "I think both we and the rest of the world are ready to step into the next generation," he added.
You can check out screenshots of 3DMark Vantage in action by checking the official website. Futuremark also hosts a couple of video diaries related to the benchmark's development on the same site (just click the "developer diaries" link), and this page on Futuremark's YouGamers site lists minimum system requirements.