Press releases


PCMark 8 v2.4.304 update released

April 1, 2015


This is a minor update. Benchmark scores are not affected.

Improved

  • SystemInfo module updated to 4.36 for improved hardware compatibility.

Fixed

  • Fixed an issue with the Spreadsheet test hanging, crashing or not finishing in Accelerated mode on some hardware platforms. 

Compatibility

  • Updated LibreOffice to the version in the LibreOffice code repository tagged libreoffice-4-2-milestone-7-2 for improved compatibility with Intel hardware.




Compare DirectX 12, Mantle and DirectX 11 with 3DMark

March 26, 2015


We're excited to introduce our new 3DMark API Overhead feature test - the world's first independent test for measuring differences in DirectX 12, DirectX 11 and Mantle API performance. It's also the very first public application to use DirectX 12 full stop. This is cutting edge stuff! 



Developed with input from AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and the other members of our Benchmark Development Program, the 3DMark API Overhead feature test lets you compare the performance of DirectX 12, DirectX 11, and Mantle.

The purpose of the test is to compare the relative performance of different APIs on a single system, rather than the absolute performance of different systems. The API Overhead feature test is not a general-purpose GPU benchmark, and it should not be used to compare graphics cards from different vendors. (We are working on a DirectX 12 benchmark with game-like workloads, which we expect to release soon after the public launch of Windows 10.)

Why is API overhead important?

There has been much talk this year of new graphics APIs that let developers code 'close to the metal.' And though it's natural to think of the GPU, the benefits of APIs with lower overhead are actually achieved by making better use of multi-core CPUs to streamline code execution and eliminate software bottlenecks, particularly for draw calls.

A draw call happens when the CPU tells the GPU to draw an object on the screen. Games typically make thousands of draw calls per frame, but each one creates performance-limiting overhead for the CPU.

New APIs like DirectX 12 and Mantle reduce that overhead allowing more draw calls. With more draw calls, a game engine can draw more objects, textures and effects to the screen.

How does the 3DMark API Overhead feature test work?

The 3DMark API Overhead feature test measures API performance by making a steadily increasing number of draw calls. The result of the test is the maximum number of draw calls per second achieved by each API before the frame rate drops below 30 fps. 

We recommend reading the 3DMark Technical Guide, which goes into more detail and explains the important differences between feature tests and benchmarks.

System requirements

  • The DirectX 12 test requires a PC running an up-to-date version of Windows 10 Technical Preview (build 10041 or later), 4 GB of system memory, and DirectX feature level 11_0 compatible hardware with at least at least 1 GB of graphics memory. 
  • The Mantle test requires 4 GB of system memory and AMD hardware that supports the Mantle API.
  • The DirectX 11 test requires DirectX feature level 11_0 compatible hardware with at least 1 GB of graphics memory and 4 GB of system memory.

Available now

The API Overhead feature test is available now in the latest version of 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition. The Steam version of 3DMark updates automatically. The standalone will prompt you to download and install an update. The test cannot be run from the free 3DMark Basic Edition or Steam demo.


3DMark API Overhead feature test banner

Microsoft turns to 3DMark to show DirectX 12 performance

January 22, 2015


Did you watch Microsoft's Windows 10 briefing on January 21? In front of the world's press and streamed live to viewers around the globe, Microsoft used our new API Overhead feature test to show the benefits of DirectX 12. This new test, coming soon to 3DMark, is the world's first independent test for comparing the performance of DirectX 12, Mantle, and DirectX 11. 

Watch the full webcast here. The DirectX 12 segment starts at 1:16:40.

Microsoft demos DirectX 12 at Windows 10 press briefing

Games make thousands of draw calls per frame, but each one creates performance-limiting overhead for the CPU. APIs with less overhead can handle more draw calls and produce richer visuals. 

Microsoft's demo shows DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 running side by side on the same hardware. As the number of draw calls increases, DirectX 12 is able to handle greater complexity and detail while achieving higher frame rates than DirectX 11.

We're thrilled that Microsoft chose our new API Overhead feature test to show the benefits of DirectX 12. And soon you will be able to test your own PC and see the difference yourself. Find out more and check for updates here

3DMark API Overhead feature test banner



Best Android Devices 2014: Gaming Performance

December 17, 2014


To end the year, we're listing the Best Android Devices of 2014 for gaming, everyday use, and battery life

This table ranks Android devices for gaming performance using their 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark scores. 3DMark highlights GPU performance with CPU performance having a lesser influence. We currently have 3DMark data for more than 2000 different smart phones and tablets. 

Best Android Devices for Gaming, ranked by 3DMark score

View the full list and compare more than 2000 smart phones and tablets.

Test your device, and see how it compares

3DMark is a free Android benchmark app available from Google Play.

Download 3DMark Android benchmark from Google Play



Best Android Devices 2014: Everyday performance

December 12, 2014


To end the year, we're taking a look at the Best Android Devices of 2014 for gamingeveryday use, and battery life

PCMark for Android measures the performance of smart phones and tablets using benchmarks based on everyday tasks such as browsing the web, watching videos, working with text, and editing photos. 

These tests emphasize the interdependence of the CPU, GPU, storage and memory on overall performance, treating the device as a complete unit rather than a set of isolated components. 

PCMark for Android has only been available for a few weeks, but it already has data for over 700 of the latest and most popular devices. 

Best Android Devices for Gaming, ranked by 3DMark score

View the full list and compare more than 700 Android smart phones and tablets.

Test your device, and see how it compares

PCMark for Android is a free Android benchmark app available from Google Play.

Download PCMark for Android benchmark from Google Play




Best Android Devices 2014: Battery Life

December 12, 2014


To end the year, we're taking a look at the Best Android Devices of 2014 for gamingeveryday use, and battery life

With PCMark for Android, you can measure the battery life of smart phones and tablets for everyday tasks such as browsing the web, watching videos, working with text, and editing photos.

This is a table we'll be watching closely in 2015 since seeing battery life (green bar) and performance (grey bar) side by side is an excellent way to judge a device's overall capabilities.

Best Android Devices for Gaming, ranked by 3DMark score

View the full list and compare the battery life of over 200 Android smart phones and tablets.

Test your device, and see how it compares

PCMark for Android is a free Android benchmark app available from Google Play.

Download PCMark for Android benchmark from Google Play




3DMark v1.4.828 update released (Windows)

December 1, 2014


This is a minor update. Benchmark scores are unaffected.

Improved

  • SystemInfo module updated to 4.32 for improved hardware detection.
  • Reduced hardware monitoring overhead (was already negligible).
  • Product key is no longer visible on the Help tab unless you choose to reveal it.

Fixed

  • Fixed a memory access violation issue with Ice Storm and Cloud Gate that could occasionally cause crashes in stress testing scenarios.
  • Letterboxed mode now retains 16:9 aspect ratio even when selecting a non-default Output Resolution on the Help tab.

Professional Edition only

  • Fixed the "No outputs found on DXGI adapter" issue in the Command Line application affecting laptops with NVIDIA Optimus graphics switching technology.
  • Fixed custom_x.3dmdef files to use the centred scaling mode by default.
  • You can now change the scaling mode from a .3dmdef file and via command line.


PCMark 8 v2.3.293 update released

November 27, 2014


A bug fix in this update means that scores from the Storage Consistency and Storage Adaptivity tests included in PCMark 8 Professional Edition may improve slightly on some hardware. Other benchmark scores are not affected.

Improved

  • SystemInfo module updated to 4.32 for improved hardware compatibility.

Fixed

  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Adobe After Effects test to fail.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Storage benchmark from running on dynamic disks, including stripes and mirrors.

Professional Edition only

  • PDF report now includes details of the screen resolution and memory modules.
  • Fixed a data alignment issue in the Storage Consistency test that could result in read-modify-write operations when a simple write was intended. Scores from this test may improve on devices previously affected by the bug.
  • Added --custom command line option to enable the Storage Consistency test to be customized for selected use cases. See PCMark 8 Storage Consistency Customization Guide for details.



UL and Futuremark, the future of benchmarking

November 4, 2014


UL logo banner


From the day we started work on 3DMark99, we knew that partnerships would be central to our success. The relationships we built with leading technology companies over the years enabled our small company to become the world’s leading benchmark developer. Our software is now used throughout industry, by hundreds of press publications, and millions of gamers and overclockers. 

Today, we’re announcing a new partnership, one that will significantly strengthen Futuremark through increased investment in our people and products while protecting our independence and neutrality. 

We’re excited to tell you that Futuremark is now part of UL, a global safety science organization with more than a century of expertise and innovation in the fields of product safety testing, inspection and verification services. With more than 10,000 professionals in 40 countries, UL is dedicated to creating safe working and living environments for all.

UL partners with businesses, manufacturers, trade associations, regulatory authorities, and governments to play a key role in the development and harmonization of national and international standards. 

With UL investing in our people and products, we will be able to create more benchmarks with more features for more platforms. Our benchmarks will also benefit from UL’s labs, quality assurance, and marketing. But most important of all, we will continue making benchmarks with integrity within an organization that values neutrality as highly as we do. 

We invite you to read the official press release for further details and visit UL.com to learn more about their global services. Or drop in to our forums to ask us a question about this exciting news.



PCMark for Android available now

October 27, 2014


A better benchmark for smart phones and tablets

PCMark for Android benchmark for smart phones and tablets

Our new PCMark for Android benchmark is now available to download from Google Play. PCMark for Android is a free app without ads, in-app purchases, or other restrictions. 

  • Measure the performance of the whole device, not isolated components.
  • Tests based on everyday activities, not abstract algorithms. 
  • Scores reflect real-world performance, not unachievable maximums.
  • Tests use real applications and native APIs whenever possible.
  • See every test in action instead of watching progress bars.
  • Our guide tells you exactly what is being measured and how scores are calculated.

This first release of PCMark for Android includes the Work benchmark, which can be used to measure both performance and battery life. Use Work to see how well your device handles everyday tasks such as browsing the web, watching videos, working with documents, and editing photos.

PCMark for Android also shows you how your device's CPU clock frequency, CPU average usage, temperature and battery charge level changed while the benchmark was running.

With detailed hardware monitoring, you'll see how newer devices are able to run the benchmark using lower CPU clock frequencies than older, less powerful devices, which can, in turn, lead to improved battery life. 

You can already compare the performance and battery life of many of the latest and most popular devices in the app and on our website. 

Download PCMark for Android

PCMark for Android is a free Android benchmark app available from Google Play.

Download PCMark for Android benchmark from Google Play


PCMark for Android Professional Edition

The Professional Edition adds the ability to automate your benchmarking using adb (Android Debug Bridge). PCMark for Android Professional Edition single user and site licenses are available.



Recent News

Older News

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998