Press releases from October 2017


3DMark Time Spy Extreme - 4K DirectX 12 benchmark available now

October 11, 2017


3DMark API Overhead feature test

We released a major update for 3DMark today that adds Time Spy Extreme, a new DirectX 12 benchmark test for 4K gaming PCs.

Time Spy Extreme is a benchmark for gamers who want to play at the highest settings, system builders configuring 4K-capable machines, and overclockers who are tweaking the latest PC hardware for every last bit of extra performance.

3DMark Time Spy Extreme - 4K DirectX 12 benchmark

Time Spy Extreme is the world's first 4K DirectX 12 benchmark test, developed with input from AMD, Intel, NVIDIA, and the other members of our Benchmark Development Program.

3DMark Time Spy Extreme screenshot

With its 4K Ultra HD rendering resolution and a redesigned CPU test, Time Spy Extreme is the ideal benchmark test for the latest high-end graphics cards and new processors with 8 or more cores. You don't need a 4K monitor to run the test, though you will need a GPU with at least 4 GB of dedicated memory.

Ideal for new multi-core processors

The CPU test has been redesigned to let processors with 8 or more cores perform to their full potential. Compared with Time Spy, the Extreme CPU test is three times more demanding. It also lets processors use more advanced instructions sets up to AVX2 when supported.

3DMark Time Spy Extreme result screenshot

You'll find a more detailed description of the tests and scoring methods in the 3DMark Technical Guide.

Time Spy Extreme Stress Test

The update also adds a new Time Spy Extreme Stress Test. Stress testing is a good way to check the stability of your system after buying or building a new PC, upgrading your graphics card, or overclocking your GPU. It can help you identify hardware problems or a need for better cooling.

3DMark Time Spy Extreme Stress Test result screenshot

Available now

Time Spy Extreme is available now as a free update for 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition licenses purchased after July 14, 2016, and for those with older copies who already own the Time Spy upgrade.

Standalone versions of 3DMark will prompt you to download and install the update. On Steam, 3DMark is updated automatically. 

3DMark Advanced Edition - $29.99

3DMark Advanced Edition unlocks all benchmarks and additional features including Time Spy Extreme, Stress Tests, and Custom Run settings. 3DMark is available to download and buy from the our online store and from Steam.

  • Unlock all benchmarks and feature tests including Time Spy Extreme.
  • Check your PC's stability with 3DMark Stress Tests.
  • Explore your PC's performance limits with custom settings.
  • Get in-depth insights with interactive performance graphs.
  • Automatically save your results offline.

3DMark Professional Edition - from $1495 per year

3DMark Professional Edition is licensed for business and commercial use. It offers additional features designed for business users such as command line automation and scripting, extended Stress Test options, Image Quality Tool, private offline results by default, and result export to XML for further analysis and reporting.



Is it true that iPhones get slower over time?

October 6, 2017


Last week, a story went viral that claimed Apple was intentionally slowing down older iPhones to push people to buy its latest models.

The claim was based on data which shows Google searches for "iPhone slow" spiking dramatically with the release of each new model.

And while plenty of reputable sites debunked the logic of that claim, no one looked at actual performance data to tell the true story.

Fortunately, we have plenty of real-world data we can use. Since 2016, we have collected more than a hundred thousand benchmark results for seven different iPhone models across three different versions of iOS.

These benchmark results provide a unique insight into the everyday performance of each iPhone model over time. And, as you'll see, there are no signs of a conspiracy.

How we test iPhone performance

3DMark is a free benchmarking app for testing the performance of smartphones. It works by running a demanding series of tests. Each test produces a set of scores that you can use to compare devices. The recommended test for recent iPhone models is called Sling Shot Extreme.

Are older iPhones being deliberately slowed?

We looked at data for the iPhone 5s first because, if older devices are being deliberately slowed, the effect should be most obvious with models that have been around for longer.

The chart below shows iPhone 5s GPU performance over time. Each bar shows the average 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme Graphics test score calculated from all results submitted during that month. A higher score indicated better performance. The bars are coloured according to iOS version.

As you can see, iPhone 5s GPU performance has remained consistent from iOS 9 to iOS 11 with only minor variations that fall well within normal levels.

iPhone 5s Sling Shot Extreme GPU performance

The next chart below shows CPU performance over time as measured by the 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme Physics test. Again, it is clear that iOS updates have not had a significant effect on performance.

iPhone 5s Sling Shot Extreme CPU performance

The charts for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 7 tell a similar story. GPU performance has remained consistent across iOS versions with only minor variations.

The graphs for CPU performance show a very slight drop in performance over time - possibly due to minor iOS updates or other factors - but a user would be unlikely to notice this small difference in everyday use.

iPhone GPU and CPU performance in Sling Shot Extreme

Why do searches for "iPhone slow" spike when new models are released?

Our benchmarking data shows that, rather than intentionally degrading the performance of older models, Apple actually does a good job of supporting its older devices with regular updates that maintain a consistent level of performance across iOS versions.

That said, there are some factors that might affect people's perception of performance after updating an older device with a newer version of iOS. An update might add new features that use more resources or require more processing power. New apps developed for the latest models might not run as smoothly on older devices. Conversely, apps designed for an earlier version of iOS might not take full advantage of optimizations in the latest version. And then there is always the  psychological effect of knowing that there is a new and improved model available, which can make your own device seem outdated.

How to test your own Android or Apple phone 

3DMark is a free benchmarking app available from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Benchmark your phone and see how it compares with the latest models.

Download 3DMark Sling Shot Apple benchmark from the App Store  Download 3DMark Android benchmark from Google Play



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