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3DMark

3DMark is a program with a set of benchmarks that create 3D scenarios and simulations.

The 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark measures DirectX 11 performance, and is aimed at high-end gamer PCs. The Sky Diver benchmark also measures DirectX 11 performance, but is more suitable to mainstream computers. The 3DMark Cloud Gate benchmark measures DirectX 10 performance, running at 1280×720 resolution. The 3DMark Ice Storm benchmark measures DirectX 9 performance and it is aimed at low-end computers, so we did not include it in our tests.

 Core i7-5960X review

On the Fire Strike benchmark, the Core i7-5960X was not significantly faster than the Core i7-4770K, but it was 9% faster than the FX-9590.

Core i7-5960X review 

On the Sky Diver benchmark, the Core i7-5960X was 15% faster than the Core i7-4770K, and 26% faster than the FX-9590.

 Core i7-5960X review

On the Cloud Gate benchmark, the Core i7-5960X was 35% faster than the Core i7-4770K, and 57% faster than the FX-9590.