3DMark Steel Nomad

This DLC is free for all owners of 3DMark and includes two benchmarks: Steel Nomad and Steel Nomad Light. Steel Nomad is a cross-platform, non-raytraced benchmark for high-end gaming PCs. Steel Nomad Light is designed for lightweight PCs and high-end Android and iOS devices.

3DMark Steel Nomad

This DLC is free for all owners of 3DMark and includes two benchmarks:
  • Steel Nomad
  • Steel Nomad Light
3DMark Steel Nomad is a cross-platform, non-raytraced benchmark for high-end gaming PCs. It uses the DirectX 12 API on Windows.
3DMark Steel Nomad Light is designed for lightweight PCs, and high end Android and iOS devices. It’s a lighter version of Steel Nomad, also using DirectX 12 on Windows.
Steel Nomad uses graphics technologies just like your favorite new game titles to give you a good idea of how your system will run the latest heavy PC games. Succeeding the massively popular 3DMark Time Spy benchmark, Steel Nomad runs at a 4k resolution and adds new graphics technologies like volumetric skies and procedural grass. New implementations of graphics techniques such as volume illumination, ambient occlusion, and depth-of-field makes the sun-scorched setting of Steel Nomad display some of the best PC benchmarking visuals to date, especially with HDR enabled.
Set at night, with the desert basin flooded by a vast lake, Steel Nomad Light is more accessible for lightweight and portable systems, lowering the resolution to 1440p and removing or reducing the most demanding graphical techniques used in Steel Nomad.

Stress Test

The Steel Nomad stress test lets you easily find out how your PC’s gaming performance may change over longer gaming sessions. Stress tests run for 20 minutes to give time for a typical system’s component temperatures to stabilize. You’ll want to make sure your device hasn’t been running any benchmarks or games before you start the stress test to prevent heat from previous tasks affecting your run, though.
Stress tests give you score for how consistent your frame rate was, and graphs showing how component frequencies and system temperatures changed during the test. Using these results can help identify whether your system performance is being throttled and help you identify potential causes such as inadequate cooling.

Explorer Mode

Explorer mode lets you freely explore the benchmark scene. Change benchmark graphics settings to find how different techniques affect visuals, tweak camera settings to create the perfect screenshot, or explore the scene to discover hidden secrets celebrating many of our benchmarks released over the last 25 years.

Windows - 3DMark Steel Nomad System Requirements

OS: Windows 11 or Windows 10, 64-bit (Version 21H2)
Processor: 1.8 GHz dual-core with SSSE3 support
System Memory: 8GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 12 feature level 12.0 capable GPU and shader model 6.0
Graphics Memory: 6 GB VRAM *
Storage: 1.4 GB of free space (shared with Steel Nomad Light)
*For systems with integrated GPUs, you need at least 16GB of system RAM, as the iGPU shares system RAM.

Windows - 3DMark Steel Nomad Light System Requirements

OS: Windows 11 or Windows 10, 64-bit (Version 21H2)
Processor: 1.8 GHz dual-core with SSSE3 support
Memory: 8GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 12 feature level 12.0 capable GPU and shader model 6.0
Graphics Memory: 4 GB VRAM
Storage: 1.4 GB of free space (shared with Steel Nomad)
*For systems with integrated GPUs, you need at least 8GB of system RAM, as the iGPU shares system RAM.

3DMark Steel Nomad System Requirements

Minimum

Recommended

OSWindows 10, 64-bit or Windows 11, 64-bit
OSDepends on Benchmark DLC
Processor1.8 GHz dual-core
ProcessorDepends on Benchmark DLC
Memory4GB RAM
MemoryDepends on Benchmark DLC
Storage8.8GB free storage
StorageBenchmark DLC specific
DirectXDirectX 11
DirectXDepends on Benchmark DLC
GraphicsDepends on Benchmark DLC
GraphicsDepends on Benchmark DLC
OtherPlease refer to the DLC pages for the system requirements for each individual benchmark test.
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