Futuremark has released a major update for 3DMark that adds the first DirectX 12 4K benchmark. According to the team, Time Spy Extreme is a benchmark for gamers who want to play at the highest settings. This benchmark is also for system builders configuring 4K-capable machines, as well as overclockers.
Time Spy Extreme is the world’s first 4K DirectX 12 benchmark test. This benchmark was developed with input from AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, and the other members of Futuremark’s Benchmark Development Program.
Futuremark has also redesigned the CPU test so that it can take advantage of processors with 8 or more cores. Compared with Time Spy, the Extreme CPU test is three times more demanding. It also lets processors use more advanced instructions sets up to AVX2 when supported.
The update also adds a new Time Spy Extreme Stress Test. Stress testing is a good way to check the stability of your system after buying or building a new PC, upgrading your graphics card, or overclocking your GPU. It can help you identify hardware problems or a need for better cooling.
Time Spy Extreme is available now as a free update for 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition licenses purchased after July 14, 2016.