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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 from Steam are interchangeable with the standalone version, so you needn't worry about that. The paid... 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 the Android and iOS editions. What this means is you can compare scores of two totally different devices,... 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 still no Windows RT version of 3DMark; Futuremark only says that it’s coming “soon”.... 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 Bridge-E scores (click to enlarge) Toppc used Cinebench, CPUmark, Futuremark’s 3DMark Vantage... 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 is that they're fun to watch. Image credit: Futuremark The new 3DMark (not to be confused with... 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 today announced that PCMark 7 has been updated to version 1.4.0, making it too fully compatible... 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, and Fire Strike. On the PC, all three tests run using DX11's ability to target specific API frameworks: ... 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, so instead of sending along even more in-benchmark screenshots, the company has given us a preview of... 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,” said Futuremark President Oliver Baltuch in an email.    The test consists of two... 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, dynamic particle illumination and shadowing, smoke simulation using grid-based fluid dynamics,... 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 and offer input on the new benchmark. "For more than ten years we have worked with the world's... 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 react to other objects using fluid dynamics simulation. Post processing, ambient occlusion and various... Read more...
Motherboard makers have long gone after the enthusiast crowd by implementing overclocking friendly features into their products, and these days companies get just as excited about benchmarking and OCing world records as end users do. Take MSI, for example, which is happy as can be that its X79A-GD65 (8D) was part of an overclocked system that set an official world record for the Physics portion of Futuremark's 3DMark 11 benchmark. Singapore overclocker "Spyboy48" broke the record during an overclocking contest sponsored by MSI, Kingston, Enermax, and Cougar. "The new record score, 19090, set with an Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition processor and MSI X79A-GD65 (8D) motherboard is a great achievement... Read more...
Although details are still under wraps, Futuremark let us know that its next gaming benchmark is forthcoming and gave us a peek at the tool’s concept art. With a working title of “3Dmark for Windows 8”, the benchmark will measure gaming performance across a variety of devices including tablets, notebooks, and high-end systems. It will support x86 and ARM processors and will run in either the classic Windows environment or the new Metro UI. 3Dmark for Windows 8 will be available sometime next year. Futuremark® Announces New 3DMark® for Windows 8 Devices HELSINKI, FINLAND ? NOVEMBER 14, 2011 ? Futuremark®, the world leader in performance benchmarking software, today... Read more...
It seems like we've been waiting since the dawn of time for this one, but PCMark 7, Futuremark's latest benchmark for evaluating system performance in Windows 7, is now live and ready for download and/or purchase. As we've stated before, most users will likely opt for the free version, which offers unlimited benchmark runs of the main test, though there's an Advanced version ($40) that unlocks additional functionality, as well as a Professional edition ($995) for those with extra deep pockets and a serious hankering for benchmarking. One of the cool things about PCMark 7 is the inclusion of a "Lightweight" test designed for entry-level systems and mobile platforms that might cough up a hairball... Read more...
Futuremark reached out to us today to let us know its upcoming PCMark 7 benchmark suite will be dropping into download queues later this week, and for reals this time. The new launch date is set for this Thursday, May 12th, at 12:00 GMT. Futuremark has been accepting pre-orders for PCMark 7 since March 22, 2011, and it was supposed to have been released on May 3, 2011 (last Tuesday). A last minute bug discovery prompted Futuremark to postpone the release, because even though it was a "simple matter" to fix, "making any changes to the software at this point also necessitates a further round of testing with our industry partners which takes time," the company explained. PCMark 7 will ship in three... Read more...
Getting tired of staring at the same benchmarks every time you build a new PC or upgrade your gear? We have good news for you. Futuremark today announced that it will be releasing its PCMark 7 benchmark suite on May 3, 2011, which is less than three weeks away. As with most of Futuremark's software, there will be multiple versions to choose from, including a freebie build for penny-pinching braggarts. Here's the rundown: PCMark 7 Basic Edition (Free) Free PC test offering unlimited runs of the main PCMark test suite Browser, search, and compare results online Store one result online PCMark 7 Advanced Edition ($39.95) Includes all 7 PC tests with more than 25 individual workloads Browser, search,... Read more...
Getting tired of running the same benchmarks and staring at the same screens every time you upgrade a component or build a new system? Futuremark feels your pain and just moments ago announced PCMark 7, the latest version of its PC performance analysis software. PCMark 7 is intended for Windows 7 platforms equipped with at least a DirectX 9 graphics card. According to Futuremark's PCMark 7 fact sheet, the updated benchmark will include 20 individual workloads and 7 separate suites to give users a multi-pronged analysis of system performance. Some of the highlights include: The PCMark Suite measures overall system performance and returns and official PCMark score. The Lightweight Suite measures... Read more...
Oh, boy! Time to rejoice! Futuremark Corporation, which produces a variety of highly respected industry benchmarking tools, has finally released the latest version of 3DMark. This is an app used nearly industry-wide to test multiple stress points on PCs, and the results are widely regarded as the baseline to whether a specific machine is outperforming another. With the development of DirectX 11 and a slew of other technologies since the introduction of 3DMark 10, the company has overhauled it in order to keep pace with what's out there. The result is being released at the end of this month after quite a wait. The new version supports DirectX 11, which is definitely the highlight, standout feature.... Read more...
Futuremark hasn't told anyone when it plans to launch 3DMark 11, but the video and screenshots the company has released thus far point towards a gorgeous application. It's arguably timely; the three-year-old 3DMark Vantage doesn't support DirectX 11. This could probably be fixed via an update, the same way 3DMark 2005 was rebuilt as 3DMark 2006, but Futuremark apparently has enough changes in mind to justify a new program. These tidings are virtually guaranteed to kick off a fresh round of debate over whether or not 3DMark is a "real" test, or whether it deserves to be considered a benchmark at all. In addition to providing news of the actual video, we've decided to tackle this question. It's... Read more...
Oddly enough, this is one of those announcements that make the hardcore gamers of yesterday feel old. For what seems like forever now, we here at Hot Hardware and others around the globe have been using Futuremark's 3DMark 06 to benchmark the latest and greatest gaming systems, GPUs, CPUs, etc. It has been an essential took in the benchmarking toolkit, and today it's finally being upgraded. This software gets revised less frequently than Microsoft's own desktop operating system (yes, Windows!), but 3DMark 11 promises to be the best ever in the line of already great benchmarking software. The new version is designed to handle today's cutting-edge 3D hardware and software, designed specifically... Read more...
Here's a confession: we have a soft spot in our hearts for Futuremark. We used their benchmarking tools religiously to test out new products, and overall, it all works great. Rightware was recently spun off from Futuremark, and today they're launching a much-needed new benchmarking service for mobile and embedded device browsing performance. Ever wanted to compare browsing performance between the iPhone, Nexus One, Wii, iPad and/or PS3? Now you can.The new tool is called BrowserMark, and it's available in two versions. The free version does enough for most consumers who are just curious, while the corporate version enables device manufacturers to evaluate and choose better performing browsers... Read more...
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