3DMark Speed Way is now available

October 12, 2022

We’re excited to announce that our new DirectX 12 Ultimate Benchmark 3DMark Speed Way is now available to download and buy on Steam or the UL Solutions website. 3DMark Speed Way is sponsored by Lenovo Legion.

3DMark Speed Way is a new GPU benchmark that showcases the graphics technology that will power the next generation of gaming experiences.

3DMark Speed Way key art

Developed with input from AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, and other leading technology companies, Speed Way is an ideal benchmark for comparing the DirectX 12 Ultimate performance of the latest graphics cards.

DirectX 12 Ultimate is the next generation 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 is assembled to demonstrate what the latest DirectX API brings to ray traced gaming, using DirectX Raytracing tier 1.1 for real-time global illumination and real-time raytraced reflections, coupled with new performance optimizations like Mesh Shaders.

VS. Mode

The new VS. mode lets you see and compare how your PC is performing 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.

3DMark Speed Way VS. mode screenshot

Interactive Mode.

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 affects visuals.

3DMark Speed Way interactive mode screenshot

Available now

3DMark Speed Way is available now in 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition. It is not possible to run Speed Way 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 6GB Video Memory and drivers that support DirectX 12 Ultimate.

3DMark Speed Way benchmark

3DMark Advanced Edition – New price from October 12 - $34.99

From October 12 onward, Speed Way will be included in the price when you buy 3DMark on Steam or from the UL Solutions website.

Since we released Time Spy in 2016, 3DMark users have enjoyed many free updates, including Time Spy Extreme, the 3DMark CPU Profile, 3DMark Wild Life, 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, USD $4.99

If you already own 3DMark on Steam, or the 3DMark Advanced Edition, you can unlock Speed Way by purchasing the Speed Way upgrade, available on Steam or the UL Solutions website for USD $4.99. 

You can read more about 3DMark updates and upgrades here.

3DMark Professional Edition

Speed Way is available as a free update for 3DMark Professional Edition customers with a valid annual license. Customers with an older, perpetual Professional Edition license will need to purchase an annual license to unlock Speed Way.

Changes when adding 3DMark standalone licenses to Steam.

Due to a Steam policy change, standalone 3DMark Advanced edition licenses purchased after October 12, 2022, and 3DMark Speed Way upgrade licenses cannot be added to your Steam account.

For more information, please read this article in our user guide.