Personal Rating: "Worth Getting"
Genre: Benchmarking Tool
3DMark is a bench-marking tool created by Futuremark Corporation and its sole purpose is to determine your computers performance in relation to your GPU (Graphical Processing Unit) and CPU (Central Processing Unit). The system runs three seemingly simple tests to the naked eye (although as far as I understand the last test "Fire Strike" manages to even bring the beastliest of computers to their knees causing them to weep profusely because they are not first-in-class). In fact first-in-class probably isn't even available on the consumer market as of yet nor will it be for a few years to come. With three variations on each test determining everything from DirectX (9, 10 and 11 are all taken care of here) and PhysX, every setting is given the full run around in this virtual Olympic stadium to see whether it compares favorably or whether you have components in your system that could eventually land up crippling it. At the end of each test the software compiles a useful report and even goes as far to compare your report to other users reports who have run the tests themselves as well as other high, medium and low speced computers currently out there on the market. 3DMark eventually grades your computer with a useful overall score.
Other useful information like how hot your clocks get for either GPU and CPU are also monitored and produced in the report at the end. This is especially useful for overclockers that are looking for that sweet spot with their hardware where they can safely push it to the limits without doing irreparable damage. All the options like v-sync, triple buffering, SSAO, filtering and texture quality are here for you to tinker with, with the actual report giving you a break down of your fps (frames per second) at the end of it.
This is a wonderful piece of software to own if and when you want to see how your current PC holds up or whether there is something holding it back, preventing it from reaching for the stars. At its current sale price of $2.49 any self-serving PC enthusiast should consider this essential software and head on over to the store front this very instant and pick it up immediately.