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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more...
One of the most anticipated announcements of GDC this year has been Microsoft's unveiling of DirectX 12. The event today was light on some details, but didn't disappoint -- DirectX 12 looks like a huge step forward for gaming. The problem DX12 wants to solve is the same issue that drove Mantle. DirectX 11 isn't very... 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... Read more...
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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... Read more...
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