Update Your Sig: 3DMark Launches New Direct X12 Test

The most essential item for PC gaming is not a mouse, nor a keyboard, nor even a PC. Without a sweet forum signature proudly declaring your 3DMark [official site] scores, you may as well give up and play Monopoly. I’m sure you’ll be both overjoyed and anxious to hear that 3DMark devs Futuremark have expanded the graphics benchmark with a new test stressing DirectX 12 performance. How powerful is your PC – your box, your rig, your beast, your beefy big boy, your cyberhog, your chip-slapped datajack, your silicon-snorting framecrusher – and has anyone noticed your sig still lists old scores?

The new DX12 test is Time Spy, a swish scene which is a bit like if that magical time-travelling lens in Dishonored 2 showed you a load of old 3DMark tests then you accidentally broke your nan’s plastic chandelier lamp. It’s strange seeing those scenes as incidental dioramas in a museum rather than the computer-crushing spectacles they once were. Here’s the test in handy YouTube video form:

“With its pure DirectX 12 engine, which supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading, 3DMark Time Spy is the ideal benchmark for testing the DirectX 12 performance of the latest graphics cards,” Futuremark say. Good. Yes. Certainly. Why not.

If you want a go yourself, Time Spy is now live in 3DMark. You can download the demo through Steam or from Futuremark. If you want to get serious about benchmarks, the paid upgrades with more options are on sale at the moment.

Update your sig.

☠ Mess with the best, die like the rest ☠

3DMark DX12 Time Spy: 2,009 (graphics 1,966 / CPU 2,294)
Gigabyte P34-W v3: Intel Core i7-4720HQ, 8GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 3GB, Samsung Evo 850 250GB SSD, Microsoft Sculpt kb/m, Windows 10 (AND LOVING IT)

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  1. Koozer says:

    People calling their computerboxes rigs like they’re out of an 80s cyberpunk novel makes me feel physically ill, but I may be persuaded to start using ‘silicon-snorting framecrusher’.

    • Phasma Felis says:

      Rig, noun. 2. an apparatus, device, or piece of equipment designed for a particular purpose.

      • Press X to Gary Busey says:

        Want to take a ride in my automotive carriage? Climb into the aft boot compartment.

    • gunny1993 says:

      Well 80s Sci Fi called they’re computerboxes “decks” mostly … at least the good one did.

  2. AceJohnny says:

    Is it just me or is the music track really reminiscent of the track Time from the Inception soundtrack?

    …it would be appropriate.

  3. tehfish says:

    If that test falls roughly into line with previous 3Dmark tests (ie, they overkill a fair bit, a 30fps 3dmark test of that gen generally guarantees 60fps for release games of that time-frame) I’m pretty set for the next year at least, even with a positively ancient CPU (An AMD FX one at that)

    Sig time ;)
    3DMark DX12 Time Spy: 3,670 (graphics 3,803 / CPU 3,067)
    MSI 970 Gaming: AMD FX-8120 @ 4.2ghz, 16GB RAM, AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB

  4. zaphod6502 says:

    3DMark DX12 TimeSpy: 6,665 (Graphics 7,455 / CPU 4,165)
    MSI 1080 Gaming X (OC Mode), i4770K @ 4.0GHz, 16GB RAM, 1440p res

  5. Kamikaze-X says:

    3DMark DX12 Timespy: 5404 (Graphics 5787 / CPU 3932)

    MSI 1070 FE at stock + 4690K at 4.5Ghz

  6. Buemba says:

    Take pride in the article’s first and last paragraphs, Alice. It might just be your Mona Lisa.

  7. Mitthrawn says:

    I love this post so, so much.

  8. EnragedZeppelin says:


  9. DanMan says:

    I’m not on Win10, so Vulkan or GTFO.

  10. heystreethawk says:

    I stole a thousand thousand Time Dollars before the Time Police caught up with me and sentenced me to the 1980’s.

  11. Freud says:

    So what happened. Did the crystal creature kill the time spy? Can’t wait for the next epidode.

  12. Cei says:

    3DMark DX12 TimeSpy: 7,060 (Graphics 8,131 / CPU 4,043)
    980Ti SLI, i7 3770K @ 3.7GHz, 16GB RAM, 3440×1440 res

    Phwooar. NUMBERS.

  13. GenialityOfEvil says:

    I don’t know why. 3DMark scores never have any bearing on real-world performance. Just look at comparison benchmarks.

  14. thedosbox says:

    I’m disappointed the latest readme file is from 2015.