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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 -


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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.



Fire Strike Ultra - World's first 4K Ultra HD benchmark

October 13, 2014 -


3DMark Fire Strike Ultra 4K Ultra HD benchmark

Post updated October 14, 2014 to add 3DMark Windows v1.4.778 release notes

The buzz around 4K gaming continues to grow, but can the latest hardware really deliver? And are the extra pixels worth the extra cost?

To answer those questions, we've created Fire Strike Ultra, the world's first 4K Ultra HD benchmark, available now in 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition. Sorry Basic Edition users, you'll need to upgrade if you want to run Fire Strike Ultra.

Fire Strike Ultra renders the test content at 3840 x 2160 (4K Ultra HD) before scaling the output to your PC's display resolution. This means you don't need a 4K monitor to run Fire Strike Ultra, though you will need a GPU with at least 3 GB of dedicated memory. 

You will be able to search for and compare Fire Strike Ultra scores for different hardware configurations on our website. And naturally, there's a dedicated Fire Strike Ultra leaderboard in the Futuremark Hall of Fame.

3DMark v1.4.775

This is a major update that adds Fire Strike Ultra, the world's first 4K Ultra HD benchmark. Fire Strike Ultra is available to run in 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition.

New

  • Added Fire Strike Ultra, a new 4K Ultra HD benchmark test. You don't need a 4K monitor to run Fire Strike Ultra, though you will need a GPU with at least 3 GB of dedicated memory. 

Improved

  • New design for main benchmark selection screen.
  • Improved benchmark logging to assist customer support.

Fixed

  • 3DMark is now more robust when there is a problem identifying or monitoring the hardware in the system.

Professional Edition only

  • You can now set command line options within .3dmdef files.
  • Minor syntax changes to the .3dmdef definition files. You may need to update your existing scripts if using automation. See Command Line Guide for details. 
  • Added command line logging options.
  • Command line progress logging now includes workload names and loop numbers.
  • Removed empty log lines from command line output.

3DMark Windows v1.4.778

This is a minor update. Benchmark scores are unaffected.

Fixed

  • Fixed the "Workload Single init returned error message: bad lexical cast" issue affecting some systems.

3DMark Windows v1.4.780

This is a minor update. Benchmark scores are unaffected.

Fixed

  • Fixed the "No outputs found on DXGI adapter" issue affecting laptops with NVIDIA Optimus graphics switching technology.

Download

Fire Strike Ultra is available now in the latest versions of 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition. The Steam version of 3DMark updates automatically. The standalone will prompt you to download and install the update. 

Find out more and download 3DMark v1.4.778.



PCMark 8 v2.2.282 update released

October 2, 2014 -


PCMark 8 v2.2.282

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

Improved

  • SystemInfo module updated to 4.30 for improved hardware compatibility with X99 platforms.

Fixed

  • Fixed Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 compatibility issue that prevented After Effects test from running.

Professional Edition only

  • The command line application now checks software requirements only when needed. This enables you to run benchmarks on systems that do not meet all the requirements, for example, running the Storage benchmark on a virtualized system without DirectX 11 support.
  • New command line --pass option can be used to set the number of benchmark passes. See command line guide for details.

Download




Record-breaking month for 3DMark world records

October 1, 2014 -


There's nothing overclockers like more than getting their hands on new hardware. With new Haswell-E processors and the X99 chipset from Intel and new Maxwell GPUs from NVIDIA, the world's top overclockers broke twenty-one 3DMark world records in September. We're pretty sure that's a record as well!

The Futuremark Hall of Fame is the only source of official 3DMark world record scores. It provides a fair and level playing field for the world's best overclockers to showcase their talents and a platform for manufacturers to promote the performance of their products.

Every Hall of Fame score is validated by Futuremark to ensure that it accurately reflects that system's true performance. Invalid benchmark scores from runs that have been manipulated or modified through software or system settings are excluded. 

There's one simple way to know for sure that a 3DMark score is valid: check its result details page on 3dmark.com. A banner at the top of the page will tell you if the score is valid. If the score is invalid, the banner will explain why. 

We'll be watching for more world record scores in our latest overclocking competition presented by Galax, the new name for Galaxy. Running until October 20, the contest guarantees 12 winners a place at the Galax GOC 2014 grand final overclocking event in China later this year. 

Visit the Futuremark Hall of Fame to see the world's best 3DMark scores and follow @3DMarkHoF on Twitter for new top 10 scores as they come in.



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