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Benchmarking is serious business, and we're not saying that tongue-in-cheek. Buying decisions are often made based on how well a product benchmarks, which is why we spend so much time putting hot (and sometimes not-so-hot) hardware through their paces. However, benchmarks are only meaningful when there's a level playing field, and when companies try to 'game' the business of benchmarking, it's not only a form of cheating, it also bamboozles potential buyers who (rightfully) assume the numbers are supposed mean something. We bring this up because Futuremark just delisted a bunch of devices from... 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...
Earlier this year, Futuremark launched a version of its 3DMark benchmark that would run on PCs, notebooks, and mobile devices alike. Some mobile users could run the tests using 3Dmark for Android, and now there’s an iOS app, as well. 3Dmark for iOS lets users test and directly compare performance on iPads, iPhones, and even iPod touches. Further, Futuremark released a new test called 3Dmark Ice Storm Unlimited that’s included in the iOS version (and is currently available for the Android version) that allows for chip-to-chip comparisons across different mobile platforms. There’s... Read more...
We all love to see improvements in CPU performance generation to generation, and so we eagerly anticipate pitting the current top-of-the-line Intel Core offering, the Intel Core i7-3970X Sandy Bridge-E processor against an Ivy Bridge-E chip. Apparently, someone already has, and the results show up to an 11% performance increase. A poster to Chinese site Coolaler, named Toppc, claims to have benchmarked the aforementioned Sandy Bridge-E chip to the upcoming Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E processor.       Sandy Bridge-E scores (click to enlarge)       Ivy... 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...
You may have noticed that we include the results of several Futuremark benchmarks in our reviews, which offer consistent results and have proven reliable over the years. That includes 3DMark 11, and with the latest update -- 3DMark 11 version 1.0.4 -- it's now fully compatible with Windows 8, Futuremark says.. In addition to supporting Microsoft's touchtastic operating system, the latest 3DMark 11 build also addresses a few uncommon bugs, all without rendering your previous scores obsolete. Futuremark says you can compare scores from version 1.0.4 with the previous version. In related news, Futuremark... 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...
The wait has been long, but Futuremark has finally announced a release date for its latest 3DMark benchmark: February 4th. Unlike previous 3DMarks, this one foregoes a suffix - it's not "3DMark 13", but simply "3DMark". This simplification might be due to the fact that for the first time, this software isn't exclusive to Windows. Instead, Futuremark will be offering the exact same suite for Windows RT, Android and iOS - the release for these versions will come after the Windows one, however. We've already seen quite a bit revealed about Futuremark's latest benchmark up to this point,... Read more...
While we all wait patiently for the latest edition of the 3DMark benchmark, Futuremark is releasing a new test for Windows notebooks and desktops called 3DMark Cloud Gate. Cloud Gate is designed to offer a benchmarking tool for gamers with more modestly-spec’d systems, such as entry-level DirectX 11 rigs that won’t be able to handle the demanding Fire Strike test. “Cloud Gate, one of three tests in the new 3DMark, uses a DirectX 11 engine limited to Direct3D feature level 10_0, making it suitable for testing DirectX 10 compatible hardware found in notebooks and typical home PCs,”... Read more...
The release of the next 3DMark is right around the corner, and to help tide us over Futuremark has released a new trailer called "Fire Strike" that shows off some pretty DirectX 11 effects - aka: effects we hope to actually see implemented in our future games. If you can believe it, this trailer is even shorter than the last one, with the demo portion itself running for just about 25 seconds. It's called "Fire Strike" but it could have easily been called "Fire vs. Ice" since that's that battle we're witnessing. What do you guys think? To quote Futuremark, this trailer features the use of "tessellation,... Read more...
We're plenty familiar with Futuremark's assortment of benchmarks, as we should be since we feature 3DMark and PCMark in several of our reviews. They're great tools for assessing performance on the Windows platform, but what about the growing number of Android devices? Well, Futuremark's going to cover those, too. The Finish software company is working on a version of 3DMark specifically for Android-based tablets and smartphones, getting help from some industry heavyweights like Acer, Intel, Qualcomm, and Signtel-Optus, all of which have joined the company's Benchmark Development Program to collaborate... Read more...
Futuremark today released a sexy 3DMark tech demo, giving viewers a glimpse of the upcoming 3DMark benchmark that has yet to receive a formal name (perhaps 3DMark 12? "New" 3DMark? 3DMark for Windows 8?) The trailer provides a preview of the DirectX test and "is a work-in-progress," Futuremark says, and as such it doesn't represent the final quality of the benchmark. "Our 3DMark DirectX 11 tech demo brings this scene to life with intelligent tessellation and advanced volumetric lighting using real-time light scattering," Futuremark explains. "The visible particles and clouds of smoke in the scene... Read more...
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