3DMark 11 to be released November 30

Mark your calendars – 3DMark 11 will be released on November 30, just in time for all your holiday benchmarking. If you want to get in early, you can pre-order the Advanced Edition from their website – or maybe try your luck at winning a copy!

First, let’s have a look at what 3DMark 11 has in store, with this new handy preview trailer showing off the graphical improvements in the High Temple and Deep Sea scenes:

As you can see, there’s been a bunch of improvements since the work-in-progress tech demo videos. The foliage in the High Temple scene has been animated and the lighting conditions change as the sun sets. The Deep Sea scene, on the other hand, now includes particle effects in the water!

3DMARK 11 ADVANCED EDITION
– Entry level PC benchmark preset
– Performance PC benchmark preset
– Extreme PC benchmark preset
– Custom benchmark settings
– Audio visual demo, custom resolutions
– Benchmark looping for stability testing
– Browse, search and compare results online
– Unlimited online results storage
– Hide results from public view
– Offline result management
– Advert-free online service
3DMARK 11 BASIC EDITION – Free
– Performance PC benchmark preset
– Audio visual demo, fixed at 720p
– Browse, search and compare results online
– Store one result online

…so how can you win a copy? It’s a simple matter of playing Guess the Score! Futuremark have prepared three different PC gaming systems, and it’s your task to predict how they will score on the upcoming benchmark.

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Jukka Mäkinen, Futuremark CEO explains:

“Our previous competitions have tended to focused on the extreme end of overclocking. So it is with pleasure that we launch our new 3DMark 11 Guess the Score competition that gives everyone a chance to win some great prizes.”

The winner is the person with the closest guess to the actual score – as measured by Futuremark‘s test lab team. Each of the three systems will be judged separately, and the winner will walk away with a copy of 3DMark 11 Advanced Edition, plus the MSI motherboard and graphics card from that system!

The challenge, should you choose to accept it:

SYSTEM 1
CPU: Intel G6950
Graphics Card: MSI N450GTS Cyclone Power Edition
Motherboard: MSI H55M-E33
Benchmark: 3DMark 11 Entry Preset

SYSTEM 2
CPU: Intel i5-750
Graphics Card: MSI N460GTX Hawk
Motherboard: MSI P55-GD85
Benchmark: 3DMark 11 Performance Preset

SYSTEM 3
CPU: Intel i7-980x
Graphics Card: MSI N480GTX Lightning
Motherboard: MSI Bigbang XPower
Benchmark: 3DMark 11 Extreme Preset

So – think you can guess the 3DMark 11 benchmark scores for those three? Head to their website for more details, or to enter. You’ve only got until 23:59 GMT, November 29th 2010 – good luck!

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