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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.

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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.



PCMark for Android press preview

September 30, 2014 -


PCMark for Android benchmark for smart phones and tablets

Last year we announced that we would bring PCMark to Android and iOS. Today, PCMark for Android is ready, and we're inviting select members of the press to try it out before its public release next month.

PCMark for Android - A better benchmark for smart phones and tablets

  • Measure the performance of the whole device, not its 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.
  • A guide that tells you what is being measured and how scores are calculated.

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

Read more about PCMark for Android.

Press preview program

Editors and reviewers from established and reputable press publications are invited to try PCMark for Android before its public release by joining our press preview program.



Galax GOC 2014 Worldwide Qualifer Overclocking Competition

September 19, 2014 -


Galax GOC 2014 Worldwide Qualifier competition banner

Starting September 22 and running until October 20, we have a new overclocking competition for you presented by Galax, the new name for Galaxy. 

Submit your best 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark 11 scores and you could win one of 12 places at the Galax GOC 2014 grand final event in China later this year. 

Visit our official competition page for details of how to enter, prizes and the latest contest leader boards, or check out the highlights from last year's event in the video below.




Huawei Ascend P7 delisted from 3DMark rankings

August 29, 2014 -


We have removed the Huawei Ascend P7 from our 3DMark performance rankings for breaking our rules governing benchmark detection and optimization. It now appears delisted and without a score at the bottom of our Best Smartphones and Tablets list.

We have delisted the Ascend P7 because it does not comply with our rules. Specifically, 

"The platform may not detect the launch of the benchmark executable. The platform must not...modify the usual functioning of the platform based on the detection of the benchmark."

The problem is explained and demonstrated by Joshua Ho of Anandtech in his article, "Examining Huawei's Benchmark Optimizations in the Ascend P7," which includes the data shown below.

Huawei Ascend P7 Performance in 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited

  • Play Store version score 7462
  • Renamed version score 5816 

As you can see, the Ascend P7's score when running the public version of 3DMark is 28 percent higher than the score from a renamed, but otherwise identical version of 3DMark not available to the public or manufacturers. We also confirmed these results in our own test lab.

This clearly shows that the Ascend P7 is detecting 3DMark by name, and not by workload. If the "CPU configuration is adjusted dynamically according to the workload in different scenarios," as claimed by Huawei in their response to Anandtech, then the score from the renamed version of 3DMark would be identical to the public version.

When a device detects 3DMark, and modifies its behaviour as a result, the score no longer reflects its real-world performance and cannot be used to make a fair comparison with other devices. 

As Joshua says, "It's not really acceptable that Huawei is doing this, and I'm disappointed that they have chosen this path."

We share that disappointment and hope that this delisting will help persuade Huawei to realize the benefits of being fair and honest with their customers and the press.

We're committed to creating benchmarks you can trust

We invite members of the press to contact us for testing advice, tips on detecting optimizations or any other questions about 3DMark.

Download 3DMark - The Gamer's Benchmark

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

Download 3DMark Android benchmark from Google Play



Futuremark Privacy Policy Update August 2014

August 28, 2014 -


Our Privacy Policy now covers our software products in addition to our websites and online services. 

To help us improve our products, our software may collect and report log files, crash reports, and other statistical information.

We use Google Analytics and Flurry Analytics to collect anonymous statistical information on application usage. This information helps us make our apps easier and more intuitive to use. We may use the data to test new features or to discover bugs and issues.

You can opt-out of these services from the links above, if you wish. Your opt-out will apply to all applications that use these third party services, however, not just those offered by Futuremark.

Read our complete Futuremark Privacy Policy here.



PCMark 8: Real Apps Deliver Relevant Results

August 7, 2014 -


What makes PCMark 8 different from other benchmarks? Real-world relevance.

With PCMark 8 you measure and compare PC performance using real-world tasks and applications. We've grouped these tasks into scenarios that reflect typical PC use in the home and at the office.

This approach ensures that PCMark measures the things that matter, highlighting performance differences that will be clear to you and other end users.

Adobe Creative Cloud and Creative Suite 

Adobe Creative Cloud is a subscription service that gives users access to leading software applications for graphic design, video editing, web development, and photography. Adobe Creative Suite applications, purchased outright, are no longer sold by Adobe. 

The PCMark 8 Applications benchmark includes tests using four of the most popular and widely used applications: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop. You must have the relevant programs installed in order to run the benchmark. PCMark 8 is compatible with Adobe Creative Suite 6, and all CC versions of Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications.

FFmpeg

FFmpeg is a leading multimedia framework, able to decode, encode, transcode, mux, demux, stream, filter and play a huge number of media formats. FFmpeg is used in popular programs such as Blender, Google Chrome, VLC, XBMC and many others.

FFmpeg is used for the Video Editing workload in the PCMark 8 Creative benchmark.

ImageMagick

ImageMagick is a free and open-source software suite to create, edit, compose, or convert bitmap images. Freely available since the early 1990s, it has consistently been one of the most comprehensive free image processing packages available. Today, it is used to support thousands of commercial web sites and is used in professional digital image and movie studios as well as publishing shops. It is also a component of a number of commercial applications. 

ImageMagick is used in the Photo Editing and Batch Photo Editing tests that form part of the Home and Creative benchmark tests in PCMark 8.

Internet Explorer

The Home, Work and Creative benchmarks in PCMark all include tests for measuring a system's ability to render and process web pages. The tests use Internet Explorer to render web pages in a window. The web server is a local server built into the test.

LibreOffice Calc

LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite, developed by The Document Foundation. LibreOffice is used by an estimated 80-100 million users worldwide, around 40 percent of which are corporate uses. Larger customers include the French government with 500,000 PCs and Comunitat Valenciana with 120,000 PCs. The City of Munich, the Dutch Ministry of Defence and the Copenhagen Hospital System all use LibreOffice on tens of thousands of PCs.

One of the key productivity applications in LibreOffice is Calc, a spreadsheet application. Spreadsheet apps normally rely on the CPU, however, when a sheet has more than a hundred rows of data, the GPU can start to help. With compatible hardware, Calc uses OpenCL to perform some of the work on the GPU, giving improved performance. 

Calc is used in the PCMark 8 Work benchmark test. You can choose whether to use OpenCL acceleration or not with the Accelerated and Conventional test options. 

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is a suite of office applications used by over a billion people worldwide. Office 365 is a subscription-based online service which offers access to various services and software built around the Microsoft Office platform.

The PCMark 8 Applications benchmark includes tests using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Word. You must have the relevant programs installed in order to run the benchmark. PCMark 8 is compatible with Microsoft Office 2010, Office 2013 and Office 365 applications.

About PCMark 8

PCMark 8 is a complete benchmarking solution for business, enterprise, government, and other professional users. PCMark 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.

PCMark benchmarks are 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.

Business, government and other commercial users can buy PCMark 8 Professional Edition direct from our website. Companies and organisations interested in site licenses for PCMark 8 and other Futuremark benchmarks should call Oliver Baltuch on +1-408-614-2025 (PST) or email sales@futuremark.com.

Individuals and other non-commercial users should buy PCMark 8 Advanced Edition or download PCMark 8 Basic Edition.



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