Press releases from March 2014


Futuremark 're-lists' selected Samsung devices in 3DMark rankings

March 24, 2014


Did you know that 3DMark is the only Android benchmark backed by a public set of rules for manufacturers? Or that Futuremark was the only benchmark developer to remove devices from its performance rankings when reports of Android benchmark boosting first came to light last October?

We knew that delisting would send a message to manufacturers. We hoped it would encourage them to be fair and honest with their customers.

We are happy to say that our actions have paid off. 

After conducting our own testing, we can confirm that the Galaxy Note III and Galaxy S IV now conform to our benchmark rules when running the Android 4.4 update provided by Samsung.

Today's 3DMark Android update returns both models to the 3DMark Device Channel where you can compare over 900 Android smartphones and tablets.

Samsung Galaxy S IV

  • 3DMark scores are valid when using Android 4.2.2, 4.4.x or later.*
  • Delisted when using Android 4.3 or 4.3.1.

Samsung Galaxy Note III

  • 3DMark scores are valid when using Android 4.4.2 or later.*
  • Delisted when using Android 4.3.

*Provided that the device is running the official update released by Samsung.

Results from delisted devices are not included in 3DMark rankings. Delisted devices appear without scores at the bottom of the 3DMark Device Channel. 

What's new in 3DMark Android v1.3.1439

Improved

  • Added the ability to selectively delist devices based on Android version.

Compatibility

  • Delisted Samsung devices that comply with Futuremark benchmark rules after being updated* have been relisted in the 3DMark Device Channel.
  • Samsung Galaxy S IV: scores are valid when using Android 4.2.2 and 4.4.x or later.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note III: scores are valid when using Android 4.4.2 or later.

*Provided that the device is running the official update provided by Samsung.

Fixed

  • Fixed a bug that prevented downloads on devices set to use Turkish language.

Download

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

Download 3DMark Android benchmark from Google Play



Microsoft uses 3DMark to show DirectX 12 benefits

March 21, 2014


Microsoft shared the first public details of DirectX 12 at GDC yesterday. And we're delighted that they chose 3DMark 11 to demonstrate the advantages of the new API. In their words,

"3DMark [11] on Direct3D 11 uses multithreading extensively, however due to a combination of runtime and driver overhead, there is still significant idle time on each core.  After porting the benchmark to use Direct3D 12, we see two major improvements – a 50% improvement in CPU utilization, and better distribution of work among threads."

3DMark 11 performance comparison: DirectX 11 vs DirectX 12

The chart shows the time 3DMark 11 spends in each thread in DirectX 11 (top) and DirectX 12 (bottom). This MSDN blog post explains how the DirectX 12 efficiencies are achieved:

A new 3DMark test for DirectX 12

With DirectX 12 game developers will be able to create richer scenes with more objects by better utilizing modern GPU hardware. DirectX 12 also introduces a set of new rendering features that will dramatically improve the efficiency of algorithms such as order-independent transparency, collision detection, and geometry culling.

We're excited to announce that we are creating a new 3DMark benchmark that will demonstrate and test the full capabilities of DirectX 12.

We'll be revealing more details later this year. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more news and updates.



Minor updates for 3DMark and PCMark 8

March 12, 2014


3DMark Windows v1.2.362

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

Improved

  • Improved reliability when submitting results over an internet connection with very high latency.
  • SystemInfo module updated to 4.26 for improved hardware detection.

Fixed

  • DirectX 10 level video cards no longer attempt to run the Fire Strike benchmark.
  • Fixed a rare issue that could corrupt the saved product key.

Steam version only

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Steam Achievements from being unlocked.
  • Fixed a rare issue with results not always being associated with a Steam ID.

Professional Edition only

  • Fixed an issue with command line XML export of Ice Storm scores.

PCMark 8 v2.0.228

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

Improved

  • SystemInfo module updated to 4.26 for improved hardware detection.

Fixed

  • Photo Editing test: fixed the issue with error message, "Init error: System.BadImageFormatException."
  • Video Editing test: fixed the issue with error message, "file is too small."

Steam version only

  • Fixed an issue that gave an error when choosing to view results online.

Professional Edition only

  • Added command line option  --randomdata to Expanded Storage Test. See command line guide for details.


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