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