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  • Deusfaux - Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - link

    They went the pay-only route and I stopped using their software. I can't be alone. Reply
  • Tanclearas - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - link

    You are not alone. From the moment I saw it, I thought "What sort of idiot would pay money for that?!"

    I can understand charging those who plan on using 3DMark for publishing benchmarks in product reviews.

    I cannot understand charging individual users to display a non-interactive technology demo and an arbitrary "performance" number afterwards.
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  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - link

    I'm not going to pay just to run a benchmark run.

    I bought 3DMark05, for the record, so I'm not a freetard, but I'm not going to buy Vantage or 11 if they keep the same retarded ass pricing model.
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  • 7Enigma - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - link

    I've used every iteration of 3DMark since what 01? It's always been a fun way to see some cool tech and the demo's are always worth a couple views. But as for comparisons between cards (especially between brands) it's all but useless. It turns into a who can tune their drivers specifically for a high ORB score, having little to no impact on performance in general.

    It can be useful when overclocking (interesting to see a score go DOWN when theoretical performance should have gone up) but there are many more OC utilities that work just as good or better.

    So like all the previous releases I'll DL the free version, watch the demo a couple times and delete.

    NOTE: I have Vantage but only because it came free with my Sapphire 4870. Used it for about a week and then deleted it.
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  • Strunf - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - link

    What's the point of these kind of benchmarks for personal use, you try it once or twice and that's it. It's way more important the FPS you get on the games you play than on this, I've never bought a card based on their 3DMark scores, I just fast forward every time I see them and go straight to the game benchmarks. Reply
  • Perisphetic - Thursday, May 27, 2010 - link

    Like a blinker it is more of an indicator. It's up to the driver and the car(d) to do the actual turning.

    Ever since both Nvidia and ATI were caught cheating in this benchmark
    it became less and less relevant. As mentioned above, real game testing is now more valuable then the synthetic numbers 3DMark puts out.
    Now it('s) just lies on the sidelines of computer history...
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  • sanjeev - Thursday, May 27, 2010 - link

    Never knew that you had to pay. SORRY , we have to purchase Advertisement? Reply
  • BenchZowner - Saturday, May 29, 2010 - link

    No guys, you don't have to pay.
    FutureMark told the press that there will be a free version of 3D Mark11 with unlimited runs functionality and possibly ( that's a 50-50 ) the ability to see the results without uploading them to the ORB first.
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  • Bigroy - Monday, June 21, 2010 - link

    Those sitting on the fence will now have a reason to choose a card with DirextX 11. Reply

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