Press releases


BITKOM and German Government Recommend PCMark 8

June 24, 2015


PCMark 8 - The Complete Benchmark for Windows logo

BITKOM and German Government Recommend PCMark 8 Benchmark for Vendor-Neutral PC Procurement

We are proud to announce that BITKOM and the German government are using PCMark 8 to recommend the minimum required performance of desktop PC systems purchased for public agencies.

BITKOM - Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e. V. (The Federal Association of Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media) is a German IT trade association that represents more than 2,200 international companies operating in the digital sector. 

Working together with the purchasing authorities of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Environment Ministry, the Federal Employment Agency, the German Armed Forces, and other public procurement agencies in Germany, BITKOM has published guidelines for the Vendor-Neutral Performance Description of Desktop PCs, (available in English and German). 

The guidelines provide public authorities with a comprehensive tool for writing tenders for the supply of desktop PCs using specifications based on a broad consensus in the ICT industry in cooperation with public purchasers. The specifications use PCMark 8 benchmark scores to define the minimum performance requirement for desktops PCs to be used by office workers for administrative tasks.

Jukka Mäkinen, Managing Director of Futuremark, says,

"Defining vendor-neutral PC performance requirements is a major challenge for purchasers in public offices. I am delighted that BITKOM's committee of experts recognises that the best approach is to use relevant and widely accepted impartial benchmarks, such as PCMark 8, to set the minimum acceptable PC performance level in official tenders."

PCMark 8 is a complete benchmarking solution for business, enterprise, government, and other professional users. PCMark 8 provides procurement departments, supply chain managers, and IT departments with accurate and impartial benchmarks for specifying and comparing the performance of Windows PCs, notebooks, and tablets.

Since its release, PCMark 8 has been incorporated into the tendering, procurement and purchasing departments of the governments of France, Northern Ireland, and Brazil as well as the European Commision

Futuremark has been making industry standard benchmarks since 1997. Based in Finland, we make the world’s most authoritative and widely-used performance tests for PCs, laptops, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones. PCMark is the result of 15 years of benchmarking expertise combined with close industry cooperation to create benchmark tests that are relevant, accurate, and impartial. Futuremark benchmarks are used throughout industry, by hundreds of press publications, and millions of consumers. 

PCMark 8 was developed in close cooperation with the world’s leading technology companies including AMD, Compal, Condusiv Technologies, Dell, HGST, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Quanta Computer, SanDisk Corporation, Seagate Technology, and Western Digital Corporation. Futuremark is an independently owned company developing benchmarking software to a strict code of neutrality.

Companies and organisations interested in PCMark 8 and other Futuremark benchmarks should call  Jani Joki on +358-20 759 8250 (UTC +2) or email sales@futuremark.com

Find out more about PCMark 8 and other benchmarks for business, enterprise and government, or follow Futuremark on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest company news.

About BITKOM

BITKOM - Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e. V. - represents more than 2,200 companies in the digital sector, including 1,400 direct members. With more than 700,000 employees, the members generate a domestic turnover of 140 billion Euros a year, exporting high-tech goods and services worth another 50 billion Euros. Comprising 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses as well as more than 250 start-ups and nearly all global players, BITKOM members offer a wide range of software technologies, IT-services, and telecommunications or internet services. They produce hardware and consumer electronics or operate in the sectors of digital media and the network industry. 76 percent of the companies’ headquarters are located in Germany with an additional amount of 10 percent in other countries of the EU and 9 percent in the USA as well as 5 percent in other regions. BITKOM supports an innovative economic policy by focussing the modernization of the education sector and a future-oriented network policy. https://www.bitkom.org 

About Beschaffungsamt des Bundesministeriums des Innern

The Purchasing Authority of the Federal Ministry of the Interior purchases goods and services for 26 federal authorities, government-funded foundations and internationally active organisations. Its product portfolio is extremely wide-ranging, including items as diverse as alarm technology, tents and helicopters, as well as a great variety of services. In 2010, the Purchasing Authority of the Federal Ministry of the Interior awarded an overall volume of 1,111 contracts with a total volume of EUR 1,046.3 million. http://www.bescha.bund.de



Futuremark Begins Development of VR Benchmark

June 10, 2015


VRMark - The Virtual Reality Benchmark logo

There are already more than a dozen different head-mounted displays for VR at various stages of completion. Analysts forecast that VR will reach 10.8 million users by the end of 2016. But delivering a great VR experience relies on overcoming significant performance challenges.

Today we're announcing VRMark™, a VR benchmark that uses a combination of software and hardware to measure VR system performance, latency, and accuracy, the key components in creating convincing and comfortable VR experiences.

Designed primarily for manufacturers, analysts and press, VRMark tests a system's ability to deliver high quality virtual reality experiences for a range of content types from photos and video to games and simulations. 

With development under way, we're inviting VR system manufacturers to join our Benchmark Development Program™. BDP members will have exclusive access to VRMark™ throughout its development, gaining a deep understanding of its workloads, right down to the source code. Using a development process that's been government-vetted for neutrality, members can provide input at every stage from specification to public release. Companies creating VR hardware and software, and others with an interest in VR system performance, are invited to apply for VRMark BDP membership today.  

VRMark will test a VR system's ability to deliver a consistently high frame rate across a range of quality settings and content types. VR is highly sensitive to variations in frame rate. A smooth and stable frame rate is crucial to providing a comfortable VR experience. 

In addition, VRMark will measure frame latency and the responsiveness and accuracy of the sensors present in the headset. Low latency is a key factor in achieving the feeling of presence in a VR world and avoiding motion sickness.

VRMark is our first major product announcement since we joined forces with UL. Combining the expertise of both companies, we will additionally offer professional lab-based VR testing with precision instruments and verification of performance claims to manufacturers and other customers.

Sajeev Jesudas, President of the Consumer Business Unit at UL says,

"UL believes that the blossoming VR industry will greatly benefit from a dedicated VR benchmark developed by a neutral 3rd party. VRMark is the first component of a comprehensive VR offering from UL that will also include the development of new standards and certification programs to protect the health, safety and well-being of VR users."

Futuremark's Benchmark Development Program is an initiative for building partnerships with leading hardware and technology manufacturers. The VRMark Benchmark Development Program will complement Futuremark's existing 3DMark and PCMark programs, which count AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Samsung and other leading technology companies as members.

Companies interested in joining Futuremark's VRMark Benchmark Development Program should call Jani Joki on +358-20 759 8250 (UTC +3) or email bdp@futuremark.com. Further information can be found on the Benchmark Development Program page.  

Visit our VRMark page for more information and the latest news:
http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/vrmark 



3DMark v1.5.915 update released (Windows)

June 8, 2015


This is a minor update. Benchmark scores are unaffected. Note that while Windows 10 is in development there may be unforeseeable compatibility problems with some hardware configurations. 

Improved

  • SystemInfo module updated to 4.39 for improved detection of upcoming hardware from AMD and Intel.

Compatibility

  • API Overhead feature test updated to work with Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10130.

Known issues

  • AMD Catalyst Driver 15.200.1023.5 for Windows 10 has an issue that prevents the DirectX 12 API Overhead test from working on Radeon R9 280, Radeon HD 79xx series, and Radeon HD 78xx series graphics cards. We expect AMD to fix the issue with its next driver update.
  • Intel HD Graphics Driver 10.18.15.4204 for Windows 10 does not appear to have working full screen DirectX 12 support. We are investigating this issue for a future update.


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.


Recent News

Older News

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998