Updates and Fixes - Download the Full Package from a mirror on bottom of the page and then copy the updated ShaderMark.exe into the ShaderMark v2.1 install folder:

IMPORTANT - Driver & GPU requirements

What's new or changed in v2.1?



ShaderMark 2.1 is a DirectX 9.0 pixel shader benchmark. All pixel and vertex shader code is written in Microsoft’s High Level Shading Language. ShaderMark provides the possibility to use different compiler targets and advanced options. It also features a picture quality comparison based on mean square error (MSE) values.






Currently there is no DirectX 9.0 HLSL pixel shader benchmark on the market. Futuremark's 3DMark03 ( and Massive's AquaMark 3.0 ( are bases on hand written assembler shaders or partly HLSL shaders. HLSL is the future of shader development! The HLSL shader compiler and its different profiles have to be tested and this gap fills ShaderMark v2.1. Driver cheating is also an issue. With ShaderMark, it is easily possible to change the underlying HLSL shader code which makes it impossible to “optimize” a driver for a certain shader, instead of the whole shader pipeline. ShaderMark v2.1 is also the first pixel shader benchmark, which measures the performance of the new shader model 3.0



Picture Quality Mode


The picture quality mode allows comparison of the Microsoft reference rasterizer with the current hardware rasterizer. This works only for the default (1024x768x32 with No FSAA) settings! It will calculate an MSE for every shader. The MSE values give a rough overview of how close the hardware renderer matches the Microsoft reference rasterizer:


shader    2   mse: 0.56019783

shader    3   mse: 0.54107634

shader    4   mse: 0.52548536

shader    5   mse: 0.52206866

shader    6   mse: 0.53719330

shader    7   mse: 0.43692334

shader    8   mse: 0.71990108

shader    9   mse: 0.40015380

shader   10   mse: 1.38709068

shader   11   mse: 0.64171155

shader   12   mse: 0.60582860

shader   13   mse: 0.66471100

shader   14   mse: 0.33196863

shader   15   mse: 1.29484272

shader   16   mse: 0.89861202

shader   17   mse: 0.30872790

shader   19   mse: 0.85641289

shader   20   mse: 0.56255150

shader   21   mse: 0.56256898

shader   22   mse: 7.91011810

shader   23   mse: 8.11475976

shader   24   mse: 8.11018531

shader   25   mse: 0.53177166

shader   26   mse: 0.53177166


The smaller the values, the better. Shader 18 isn’t included, because the hair animation would invalidate the results.



Community and Overall Points


Sorry, no community and no overall points. You should play games, not benchmarks ;).

If you want just one result, take shader 19 (Combination Effect)!



Technical Features


low quality DAC

high quality FBW



Basic Shaders

Features required:

·         vs_2_0 / ps_2_0 shaders

·         auto generated mipmaps

·         floating point textures






















Advanced Shaders

·         vs_2_0 / ps_2_0 or vs_2_x / ps_2_x or vs_3_0 / ps_3_0 shaders

·         multiple render targets

·         floating point textures

·         floating point texture filtering











Shader Details















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