Think Your Nexus 7 Is Fast? 3DMark Android Edition Lets You Prove It

Think Your Nexus 7 Is Fast? 3DMark Android Edition Lets You Prove It

Futuremark recently undertook a major revamp of its popular PC performance tool, and this time, it’s creating one benchmark to rule them all. The new 3DMark launched with support for Windows PCs and laptops, and – as of today – also supports Android devices, including tablets and smartphones. Apple iOS and Windows RT support is also planned, but Futuremark hasn’t given a timeline for those operating systems yet, beyond "Soon." If you have an Android device, you can pick up the new 3DMark Android Edition free from Google Play.

3DMark Android Edition
One of the cool things about Futuremark benchmarks is that they're fun to watch. Image credit: Futuremark

The new 3DMark (not to be confused with 3DMark 11), is a graphics performance benchmark that has separate tests for PCs, laptops, and mobile devices. The Fire Strike test pounds gaming desktop PCs with resource-intensive graphics. The Cloud Gate test puts laptops and ordinary computers through their paces. That brings us to the test for mobile devices, which is the one that’s getting all the attention today: Ice Storm. This new test puts your Android smartphone or tablet through a GPU test and a CPU test. As Ice Storm picks up support for more device operating system, it’ll be a great tool for cross-platform performance comparison.


Minimum specs for 3DMark Android Edition are pretty forgiving. You’ll need Android 3.1, 1GB of system memory, and OpenGL ES 2.0-compatible graphics. Perhaps the toughest requirement is nearly 300MB of storage space. As I mentioned, you can snag it at Google Play.
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I wonder when the overclocking craze will start with this. I know its possible I just never wanted to overclock something that obviously was not meant for it. That is pretty cool they did that and 300mb really is not alot of space unless you are trying to download it from an edge or 3g network. I did not know they did this and ill have to go see what a couple android devices I got can do!

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I don't feel like overclocking will get serious with mobile devices until they have applications with variable graphic settings otherwise there's really no point other than multi-tasking but that's not really one of the "show points" of overclocking anyways.

I feel like  in its current state It'd be like overclocking your computer to run minesweeper, there would literally be no difference.

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OSunday:

I don't feel like overclocking will get serious with mobile devices until they have applications with variable graphic settings otherwise there's really no point other than multi-tasking but that's not really one of the "show points" of overclocking anyways.

I feel like  in its current state It'd be like overclocking your computer to run minesweeper, there would literally be no difference.

I could definitely see a difference with say the Note 2 or Note 8 tablet. Since they have true multitasking it could help maybe. It would have to be something tested out to see if overclocking a tablet or phone would even give you a benefit but it does seem like it wouldn't be and nice analogy for overclocking it. I'm sure here soon someone will test it out and put some results on the net maybe HotHardware will be able to get their hands on one and do it for us!

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