3DMark Time Spy Benchmark Released, Comes Loaded with DirectX 12 features
Furturemark, makers of well-known 3D benchmark tool 3DMark, has been promising a DirectX 12 benchmark for quite some time. Today, the company finally delivered on its promise with the debut of the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark and stress-test.
The 3DMark Time Spy will be available for download to all existing 3DMark Basic and Advanced users however, the access will be limited. To unlock the full feature-set of Time Spy, existing Advanced users will have to upgrade using a key that is priced at US $9.99. For new users, the price of 3DMark Advanced has been revised from its existing $24.99 to $29.99, as the purchase would include the full version of Time Spy.
FutureMark is offering limited time discount, with the Time Spy upgrade key available for $4.99, and the 3DMark Advanced Edition, excluding Time Spy, for $9.99. The offer is valid till 23rd July.
According to Furturemark, the 3DMark Time Spy is built from the ground to take full advantage of the DirectX 12 API. It supports all of DX12’s exclusive features, including asynchronous compute and explicit multi-adapter technology – which means the test would require Windows 10 platform.
The company also published a chart showing the average amount of processing per frame in Fire Strike vs Time Spy. This gives us an idea of how much more DirectX 12 is capable of processing compared to DirectX 11.
Technically speaking, the Time Spy is designed to be the successor to Fire Strike. It exponentially increases the 3D processing load over the latter thanks to the low-overhead API features, as well as renders scenes at a resolution of 2560 x 1440, providing an overall and combined score similar to previous 3DMark benchmarks.