Big news in benchmarking land: Futuremark has revealed that 3DMark 11, the next version of its popular graphics testing software, will be available on November 30. We've been following this release from the early builds to the trailer released just last month, so it'll be interesting to check out the full version.
3DMark 11 will be available in three editions. The free, basic version will offer a single performance preset, an "audio visual demo" locked at 720p, and the ability to store a single result online. The advanced edition, priced at $19.99, will add multiple performance presets, custom resolution settings, unlimited online storage for online results, as well as the ability to store multiple results online. Finally, the $995 professional edition will bring together all online and offline features, including automation and "priority customer support." (The professional edition is also licensed for commercial use, which explains the eye-popping asking price.)
All versions of 3DMark 11 will have the same minimum requirements: Windows 7 or Vista, a DirectX 11 graphics card, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, and 1GB of system RAM. It looks like the benchmark's various tests will make heavy use of tessellation, with other state-of-the-art eye candy thrown in.