3DMark2003 development almost complete
For a long time it was quiet about the developer forge 3DMark99, 3DMark2000 and 3DMark2001. More than a trip to the system benchmarks department with PCMark2002 and a bug-free version of 3DMark2001 that has been expanded to include pixel shader tests was not granted to us this year.
Even the late release from 3DMark2001 made it clear that Madonion or Futuremark will not adhere to the release rhythm of the previous versions. Developing complex tests just became too time-consuming. However, the wait for a new version of 3DMark will soon be over. The development work seems to be well advanced and the compatibility tests are already in full swing. A Futuremark developer commented on own forums as follows:
When DX9 comes out we still have lots of compatibility testing to do. We have the pre-release versions of DX, but we must ensure 3DMark03 runs correct also on the final DX9. So when DX9 is released, you'll still have to wait for a while.
I don't know when Nvidia is going to launch the GFfx, but if it occurs around the time we launch, those two events are not related. If we could, we would launch immediately, but we must ensure this 3DMark is of as high quality as the previous versions.
Patric - 3DMark2001 and PCMark2002 Producer
A conception of 3DMark2003, as was to be expected, only comes into question after DirectX 9.0 has been completed. The good thing about it: Microsoft has almost completed the development work on the upcoming graphics and multimedia interface. However, no official release date has yet been set, the only thing that is certain is that the software giant wants to be ready this year. A release of 3DMark2003 at the beginning of next year is very likely, not least because of the name. Moreover, it would beBy no means surprising if Futuremark, even if one certainly does not want to admit it, would send the new 3DMark version together, be it intentionally or unintentionally, with the upcoming nVidia GeForce FX graphics cards.