DirectX 12 Ultimate is the next-generation application programming interface (API) for gaming graphics. It adds powerful new capabilities to DirectX 12, helping game developers improve visual quality, boost frame rates, reduce loading times and create vast, detailed worlds. 3DMark Speed Way’s engine demonstrates what the latest DirectX API brings to ray-traced gaming, using DirectX Raytracing tier 1.1 for real-time global illumination and real-time ray-traced reflections, coupled with new performance optimizations like mesh shaders.
The new VS. mode lets you see and compare how your PC performs during a Speed Way benchmark run. Add another Speed Way result for comparison and benchmark against friends, 3DMark Hall of Famers, or community members with the latest gaming hardware.
Freely explore the Speed Way scene in interactive mode. You can adjust camera focus settings, change the lighting settings and use the built-in capture tool to compare how the latest ray tracing techniques affect visuals.
3DMark Speed Way is available now in 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition. Speed Way does not run in 3DMark Basic Edition or the 3DMark Demo on Steam.
To run Speed Way, you’ll need Windows 11 or Windows 10, 64-bit version 21H2 or later. You’ll also need a graphics card with at least 6 GB of video memory and drivers that support DirectX 12 Ultimate.
3DMark Advanced Edition – New price from October 12 – $34.99 (USD)
From October 12 onward, Speed Way will be included in the price when you buy 3DMark from Steam or from the UL Solutions website.
Since Time Spy launched in 2016, 3DMark users have enjoyed many free updates, including Wild Life, the 3DMark CPU Profile, and multiple tests demonstrating new DirectX features. With the addition of Speed Way, the price of 3DMark on Steam and 3DMark Advanced Edition will go up from $29.99 to $34.99.
3DMark Speed Way Upgrade, $4.99 (USD)
If you already own 3DMark on Steam or the 3DMark Advanced Edition, you can unlock Speed Way by purchasing the Speed Way upgrade, available October 12 for $4.99 (USD).