Which benchmark should I use?
The Gamer's Benchmark
3DMark has been the first choice for benchmarks since 1998. The latest version includes everything you need to benchmark your hardware in one app.
3DMark includes a range of benchmarks with each test designed for a specific class of hardware. From purpose built gaming PCs to ultra-light tablets and smart phones, there's a 3DMark benchmark that's ideal for your hardware.
When to use 3DMark
- For benchmarking gaming performance.
- For testing Windows, Android and iOS devices.
- For benchmarking PCs, tablets and smartphones.
- To test DirectX 12, DirectX 11, and DirectX 10.
- To test OpenGL ES 3.1, 3.0 & 2.0 performance.
- To test overclocking performance and stability.
- To burn-in and stress test upgraded components.
The Complete Benchmark
PCMark 8 is the latest version in our series of industry standard PC benchmarking tools. With PCMark 8 you can test the performance of all types of PC, from tablets to desktops.
With five separate benchmark tests plus battery life testing, PCMark 8 helps you find the devices that offer the perfect combination of efficiency and performance.
When to use PCMark 8
- For benchmarking PC performance for office use.
- To benchmark PCs for home and creative use.
- For measuring tablet and notebook battery life.
- For testing SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives.
- To bench with Adobe & Microsoft applications.
- For detailed hardware insights.
- For fine-tuning PC performance.
The Virtual Reality Benchmark
Is your PC ready for VR? Find out if your PC has what it takes to deliver a great VR experience with VRMark, the virtual reality benchmark.
VRMark includes two VR benchmark tests, which you can run on your desktop monitor, no headset required, or on a connected HMD. There is also a free-roaming Experience mode that lets you judge the quality of the VR experience with your own eyes.
When to use VRMark
- For benchmarking the VR performance of PCs.
- To test PC performance before buying a headset.
- To see if your PC is VR-ready for the HTC Vive.
- To see if your PC is VR-ready for the Oculus Rift.
- To see how well HMDs cope with missed frames.
- To see how performance affects user experience.
- To compare systems and evaluate upgrades.
A Better Benchmark for Android
PCMark for Android introduces a fresh approach to mobile benchmarks. It measures the performance and battery life of the device as a complete unit rather than a set of isolated components. And its tests are based on common, everyday tasks instead of abstract algorithms.
See how well your Android device performs, then compare it with the latest models.
When to use PCMark for Android
- For benchmarking smartphones and tablets.
- For testing performance and battery life.
- To test devices with real-world tasks.
- To benchmark computer vision performance.
- To benchmark storage system performance.
- To see how scores change with Android version.
- To compare your device with the latest models.
Battery Life Testing for Windows
Designed for professional testing labs and other commercial users, Powermark measures the battery life of Windows devices.
Used by more than 500 leading hardware review sites, Powermark delivers accurate results from realistic productivity and entertainment scenarios yet is easy to install and simple to use. Custom settings and command line options are included.
When to use Powermark
- To test the battery life of Windows devices.
- To use command line benchmark automation.
We have created new benchmarks for each new version of Windows and DirectX since 1997.
Older benchmarks no longer provide meaningful results with modern hardware. They may not work with current operating systems and online services may have been retired. We recommend using the latest versions of 3DMark and PCMark to test modern hardware.
When to use legacy benchmarks
- For overclocking competitions!
- For fun and nostalgia!