Futuremark just released its new 3DMark Sky Diver test, and its ready for download for its existing and newer users of all users.
Sky Diver is a DX11 based benchmark test aimed at gaming notebooks and mid-range gaming desktop systems, ideally for testing mainstream gaming graphic cards, mobile GPUs and even integrated graphics. As said before Fire Strike is more for testing DX11 model on ultra-high settings, so Sky Diver simulates DX 11 games on normal settings. As a benchmark, Futuremark says that if a system makes as a score lesser than 2800 via Fire Strike, Sky Diver is more appropriate. But if a system scores more than 12000 via Sky Diver, Fire Strike is more appropriate.
The test includes a demo, two graphics tests, a Physics test and a combined test. The graphics test helps to measure GPU performance, whereas the physics test measure CPU performance, whereas combined test helps to stress both CPU and GPU by using physics simulations and graphics workloads. The graphics test 1 emphasized on tesselation and uses a forward lighting method. Graphics test 2 emphasizes on pixel processing and uses compute shader-based deferred tiled lighting.
However, Futuremark highlighted a driver compatibility issue with a Nvidia driver version and the test.
“While testing the 3DMark Sky Diver benchmark, NVIDIA discovered an issue where some of their GPU configurations would render a black screen during benchmarking. NVIDIA has since solved the issue for these configurations and will be including the fix with their next driver installment coming early next week. In the meantime, if you experience this issue with your configuration, please use the 335.23 WHQL driver, available from both NVIDIA.com and GeForce.com.”
This test is sponsored by Asus. This will enable free update for existing users and also for basic edition users.