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A couple of weeks ago, Futuremark began handing out copies of PCMark for Android to members of the press, in an effort to get its leaderboards filled up a bit while the finishing touches were being put on the app. That might give you pause in that the results, generated today, are not going to be entirely accurate when the final version comes out, but that's not the case - Futuremark has encouraged publication of results generated with the benchmark. What makes PCMark for Android a useful benchmark is that it not only tests for performance, but also for battery-life and performance combined. Solutions... Read more...
Phablet fans are in a good place right now -- there's the LG G3 with impressive specs, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 4, and even Apple is rumored to be releasing a large size version of its iPhone. Having choices is always a good thing, especially when those choices put up impressive benchmarks scores like the Galaxy Note 4. Samsung's upcoming phablet has been spotted in AnTuTu's database with an Exynos 5433 SoC in tow. The other version of the Galaxy Note 4 will sport a Snapdragon 805, though the Exynos 5433 appears to be the faster part, and by a pretty good margin. Source: AnTuTu In AnTuTu... Read more...
Futuremark first revealed in May of this year that it was working on a new DirectX 11 test for its popular 3DMark benchmarking program that would focus on gaming laptops and mid-range systems. Now just a few short weeks later, Futuremark is announcing the immediate availability of Sky Diver, which is a free update for all 3DMark users. Sky Diver includes a Demo run, two Graphics tests, a Physics tests, and a Combined test. As you might imagine, the Graphics tests measure GPU performance, the Physics test measures CPU performance, and the Combined test evaluates both the GPU and CPU. Running the... Read more...
Today, Futuremark is expanding into the enterprise space with Servermark, which the company says is “a new benchmark that will enable IT professionals in businesses large and small to accurately measure and compare the performance of servers.”   Here at HotHardware, we spend a lot (a lot!) of time looking at products developed by Futuremark. Each laptop, desktop, and phone that we touch eventually runs through a suite of Futuremark benchmarks. By and large, the company has become the de facto standard across the industry, and a product cannot be fully evaluated until it has posted... Read more...
Apple's new A7 SoC that sits at the heart of the iPad Air and iPhone 5S is a fast chip. Benchmarks and analysis have shown that it picks up its additional performance over the older A6 thanks to a mixture of architectural tweaks and, in some cases, its new 64-bit architecture. On average, the gains are split about 60/40 between the two areas, with more performance gains from the microarchitecture enhancements. But in one notable case -- the popular 3DMark, cross-platform benchmark -- this hasn't been true at all. In 3DMark Ice Storm, the iPhone 5S is significantly faster in GPU workloads -- almost... Read more...
The folks at Futuremark dropped us a note this morning to let us know that Steam will be serving up its popular PCMark 8 benchmark starting sometime today. PCMark 8 is a handy tool that combines benchmarking, battery life tests, a dedicated benchmark for solid state drives and hard disk drives, and real-world tests using popular applications from Adobe and Microsoft. Kicking off the availability of PCMark 8 through Steam is a 25 percent discount. For a "limited time," you can snag PCMark 8 Professional Edition for $37.49 rather than its normal selling price of $49.95. In addition, keys purchased... Read more...
Futuremark has made available its 3DMark benchmark for Windows RT a little over a week before Microsoft is scheduled to release Surface 2 on October 22, 2013, the company announced today. Surface 2 boasts several improvements over its predecessor, both inside and out, but if you're wondering how its performance compares -- and in particular its gaming performance -- 3DMark will tell you the score, literally. There's a lot to like about 3DMark. For one, it's available as a free app for Windows RT devices from the Windows Store. Secondly, it's a cross platform benchmark that uses the same tests as... Read more...
The benchmarking world is a highly fluid one, with comparisons changing by the month and cutting-edge innovations rendering once-reliable tests as archaic. The third-party world usually doesn't have much trouble keeping pace, but today, an interesting announcement shows that OEMs themselves are watching the numbers... perhaps even more than we'd envisioned. Broadcom, Huawei, OPPO, Samsung Electronics and Spreadtrum today announced the formation of MobileBench, a new industry consortium formed to provide more effective hardware and system-level performance assessment of mobile devices. The consortium... Read more...
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. One of the cool things about Futuremark benchmarks... Read more...
Unigine announced a new GPU benchmark known as Valley Benchmark. From the same developers who created Heaven Benchmark, the Valley Benchmark is a non-synthetic benchmark that is powered by the Unigine Engine, a real-time 3D engine that supports the latest rendering features. This benchmark features a number of graphics technologies and interactive modes. The Valley Benchmark includes 64,000,000 square meters of very detailed terrain that includes mountains with snow-capped peaks, green expanses, rocky slopes, flowers, and a number of other photorealistic renderings. Unigine's previous generation... Read more...
For 14 years, Futuremark's 3DMark benchmarks have served as a reliable point of comparison for PCs with a vast range of CPU and GPU configurations. Now, the company is branching out into cross platform testing. The new 3DMark (there's no year or modifier attached) is designed to allow for apples-to-apples comparisons across x86, Android, iOS, and Windows RT devices. Only the PC version of the test is being made available today, but the associated technical documentation tells us a great deal about how the cross-platform testing will be handled. The new 3DMark has three tests: Ice Storm, Cloud Gate,... Read more...
If there's a universal truth among performance junkies, it's that records are meant to be broken. It doesn't matter if you're talking about the Olympics, racing the quarter-mile in a hotrod, or ripping through Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage benchmark at a breakneck pace, the latter of which overclocker J. Lin demonstrated using four HIS brand Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards.  J. Lin used a sophisticated LN2 cooling setup to chill the cards and overclock them to 1480/1910MHz, up from the stock clocks of 925/1375MHz. He was also aided by an Intel Core i7 3960X processor overclocked to 5.6GHz, 8GB... Read more...
We love benchmarks here at HH, so it’s always good news when another one comes down the pike. Today, Rightware released Basemark CL, an OpenCL benchmark aimed at desktop machines, with an embedded profile version in the offing. With Basemark CL, Rightware is attempting to deliver a benchmark that puts realistic stress on OpenCL implementations with image manipulations tests and physics tests. The software can run single or multiple tests and checks the bandwidth limitations between the CPU and GPU and also checks the extra computing power OpenCL affords a system. Rightware is positioning... Read more...
Last month, SiSoftware released the 2012 edition of Sandra, the popular system analysis and benchmarking program. We recently sat down with Adrian Silasi, the creator and chief developer of Sandra, to discuss how he got started, how Sandra distinguishes itself in a crowded marketplace, and whether we'll see the utility popping up on other devices in the future... An Interview with SiSoft Sandra Developer, Adrian Silasi... Read more...
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