3DMark is the latest entry in Futuremark's benchmarking tool franchise. It all started 15 years ago with 3DMark99 and the digits were all included in the title with the 2011 iteration, 3DMark 11, being the last. The latest version came out just last year with supporting practically all the latest effects and whatnot.
You basically launch various benchmark programmes that look like short films and they all aim to measure the processing and rendering capabilities of your CPU and video card, respectively. The higher the score the better the performance and your rig can be ranked accordingly (I guess there is some sort of leaderboard where you can check how your build can fare compared to others' worldwide).
I do not like how "massive" these benchmarks are and my high-end i5 processor coupled with a GTX660 is simply unable to make do in all this. Details can be changed just like you'd change graphics settings in a video game, still, some benchmarks provide me with outrageously low score. By low score I mean very low FPS which makes it impossible to enjoy some of the videos offered by the software.
Instead of the annual or biannual releases it would be nice to see a version that encompasses more generations so that everybody could get a decent performance depending on the settings. With the release of newer versions and making previous ones unsupported is simply not cool.
System requirements are misleading as it is HIGHLY recommended to have at least a high-end i7 processor along with the latest generation of Geforce cards (7xx or the best from the 6xx generation) or their AMD equivalents, naturally.
Oh, and achievements, really?