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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...
Are you finding that your dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan graphics cards don't come close to breaking a sweat in the games and benchmarks you've thrown at it? Well, if you want to give your burlier configuration a beastly workout, look no further than Futuremark's newly minted 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra, purportedly the world's first 4K Ultra HD benchmark. Those of you running the Basic version of 3DMark are out of luck -- the new Fire Strike Ultra test is only available in the Advanced Edition and Professional Edition, so you'll need to pony up for a paid package rather than freeload off of the pro... Read more...
In Futuremark's world, you either play by the rules or you're banished from the benchmarking kingdom. It's happened before -- on more than one occasion, actually -- and it just happened again, this time to Chinese handset maker Huawei and its Ascend P7 smartphone. Futuremark discovered that the Ascend P7 was using a trick to artificially inflate its 3DMark score, so the handset's been removed from the 3DMark performance rankings and now appears delisted and scoreless in the company's list of Best Smartphones and Tablets. One of Futuremark's rules is that "the platform may not detect the launch... Read more...
In the 17 years that Futuremark has existed, it's name has become well-known among PC hardware-focused sites like HotHardware, as well as PC enthusiasts in general. While we've largely trusted the company's benchmarks in our testing for quite some time, it seems that some governments are just starting to wise up to their usefulness. In its latest press release, Futuremark goes into detail about four governments that have adopted its PCMark 8 benchmark, one that's designed to test the overall capabilities of a PC. For starters, the EU's Directorate-General for Informatics, or DIGIT, has used the... 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...
We use a number of Futuremark’s benchmarks when we test systems around here, and there’s a new one coming called 3DMark “Sky Diver”, a DX11 bench aimed at gaming laptops and midrange PCs. “Sky Diver is the ideal test for benchmarking systems with mainstream DirectX 11 graphics cards, mobile GPUs, or integrated graphics,” reads an announcement from Futuremark. “The scene is brought to life with tessellation, particles and advanced post-processing effects.” You can see that Sky Diver entails a wingsuited person flying through a gorgeous, mountainous... Read more...
Futuremark isn't letting up on its decision to publicly shame handsets and device manufacturers that get caught trying to game the company's 3DMark benchmark. Just the opposite, Futuremark wasted no time calling out HTC and its recently refreshed One (M8) for the way the device handles itself when running 3DMark . One of the rules manufacturers must follow is they can't implement a detection scheme that lets the device know when 3DMark is being launched, nor can the device alter its normal behavior based on such detection. This is where the HTC One (M8) gets itself in hot water. The HTC One (M8)... Read more...
Smartphone makers may have learned an important lesson -- don't try to pull a fast one in Futuremark's 3DMark benchmark, because if you're caught, Futuremark will make a public spectacle out of banning your product. This happened last November when Futuremark delisted several Samsung and HTC handsets for breaking benchmarking rules, stripping them of their rank and scores. That must have resonated with Samsung, because two of its devices have been unbanned following a software update. According to Futuremark, both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 now play by the rules as a result of an Android... Read more...
Futuremark has just updated its 3DMark benchmark for Android, introducing a couple of new features and preparations for beefier updates in the future. At the forefront is a new feature for recommending a device; once a benchmark run is complete, you can simply click on "Recommend". While Futuremark already ranks devices based on performance, this feature should prove useful when you'd actually recommend that very device to someone else - after all, just because a device performs well doesn't mean it's equally excellent in other areas. With this update, Futuremark is hinting that more tests are... 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...
We saw a lot of Steam Machine announcements by both OEM and boutique system builders at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week (14 in all). It's safe to say that damn near everyone is excited about what Valve is doing, and with so much early support, it's already a little bit daunting sifting through the various configurations that aren't even available yet (most Steam Machine configurations are slated to launch later this year). To help make sense of it all, Futuremark went through and analyzed its database to estimate 3DMark Fire Strike scores for each configuration with confirmed... Read more...
Around these parts, Futuremark's benchmarking suite is used on a near-daily basis. It has grown to become one of the most well-known and trusted brands in all of benchmarking, and today, it's getting a new partner. Quanta Computer is a company that kickstarts many of the models that you see today on store shelves with different branding, and going forward, Quanta will be working with Futuremark to "create new benchmarks for PC and mobile platforms." Quanta is widely recognized as an ODM, manufacturing one out of every three laptops sold worldwide. In recent years, Quanta has extended its businesses... Read more...
Futuremark today released an update to the Windows desktop version of its 3DMark benchmark. If you grabbed your copy from Steam, you should receive the update automatically, otherwise the standalone version will check in with the mothership and ask you to install the update the next time you fire up the benchmark. On the buggy side, the 3DMark update fixes and improves hardware detection and monitoring. Running 3DMark Advanced or Professional Edition with compatible hardware will continue to generate an interactive graph of CPU and GPU clockspeeds and temperatures recorded during the test, only... Read more...
When Apple introduced the iPad Air, the company made a big deal about the tablet having a custom 64-bit System-on-Chip (SoC) inside. It's the same 64-bit part found in the iPhone 5 and the latest iPad mini. If you own any of those devices and are into benchmarking, you'll be happy to know that Futuremark's 3DMark benchmark has just been updated to include a 64-bit version for those devices. Futuremark says the iPad Air, iPhone 5S, and second generation iPad mini will all see "slightly" improved scores with the newest 3DMark (version 1.2.0). 3DMark is a popular benchmark and one that we frequently... Read more...
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