3DMark SkyDiver – A new scene to play with

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Futuremark just released a video showing a new scene of the 3DMark benchmark called SkyDiver.

3DMark Sky Diver is the ideal test for benchmarking systems with mainstream DirectX 11 graphics cards, mobile GPUs, or integrated graphics. A preview trailer for the new benchmark shows a wingsuited woman skydiving into a mysterious, uncharted location.

Jukka Mäkinen, Futuremark CEO said,

“Some people think that 3DMark is only for high-end hardware and extreme overclocking. Yet millions of PC gamers rely on 3DMark to choose systems that best balance performance, efficiency and affordability. 3DMark Sky Diver complements our other tests by providing the ideal benchmark for gaming laptops and mainstream PCs.”

As matter of fact this new scene come in between the hardware-demanding Fire-Strike scenes and the low-end hardware test of Cloud Gate.

The complete 3DMark benchmark now range at different level of tests :

  • Fire Strike, for high performance gaming PCs (DirectX 11, feature level 11)
  • Sky Diver, for gaming laptops and mid-range PCs (DirectX 11, feature level 11)
  • Cloud Gate, for notebooks and typical home PCs (DirectX 11 feature level 10)
  • Ice Storm, for tablets and entry level PCs (DirectX 11 feature level 9)

The new scene will appear in your 3DMark benchmark after an update. Also the scene is only available for Windows systems. The date of release is not yet announced but the bench will be demoed on multiple partners booth during Computex next week.

It seems Futuremark is trying to push for more scenes inside the same application, that would suggest they would probably put a DX12 scene next year on top of the Fire-Strike ones.

HwBot have not yet announced the addition of this benchmark within the ranking neither if hwboint will be granted for this new scene. This will be discussed on the Hwbot Forum until the official availability of the new scene.

Update May 29th :

Hwbot is running a poll to check which of the 3Dmark scene should give points, cast your vote.

Following Futuremark’s announcement of the new 3DMark Sky Diver benchmark, we are hosting a poll to check the community’s interest for enabling global (and world record) points for another 3DMark preset. Currently only Fire Strike Extreme is available for HWBoints. Anyone with a minimum of 5 submissions and registered since yesterday can vote for any number of the benchmark presets.

To vote go on Hwbot.org and vote on the right menu bar.

Update June 12th :

The scene is now available for download.

Every single 3DMark user will get Sky Diver as a free update. For new users, Sky Diver is unlocked and ready to use in all editions of 3DMark. And for a limited time, you can buy 3DMark Advanced Edition, which includes more tests, custom settings and other features, from Steam for only $9.99.

Sky Diver is a new DirectX 11 benchmark test for gaming laptops and mid-range PCs. It’s ideal for testing mainstream graphics cards, mobile GPUs, integrated graphics and other systems that cannot achieve double-digit frame rates in the more demanding Fire Strike test.

Together, Sky Diver and Fire Strike let you test the full range of DirectX 11 graphics hardware. Fire Strike is equivalent to testing a system with a modern DirectX 11 game on ultra-high settings. Sky Diver is more like running a game on normal settings. As a general guide:

  • If a system scores less than 2800 in Fire Strike you should run Sky Diver.
  • If a system scores more than 12000 in Sky Diver, you should run Fire Strike.



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