We decided not to call it a 3dmark04 beta, since the final 3dmark is going to be available in 2005. It should be released in the first half of 2005, possibly even Q1 but we would suggest that it might take a little longer.
This has everything to do with ATI and Nvidia release timings for the "Fudo" R520 chip and NV50, and to Longhorn delays and DirectX 10/Next, we would suggest.
We learned that it will run faster on existing hardware and that it will contain the usual number of four games that will run faster on existing hardware then the lame 500 points on current high end Nvidia or ATI cards.
It will take quite some time before you run it on your PC, I guess. µ
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