Press releases from November 2017


VRMark Cyan Room - DirectX 12 benchmark for VR available now

November 22, 2017


VRMark Cyan Room, the DirectX 12 benchmark test for VR

We released a major update for VRMark today that adds Cyan Room, a new DirectX 12 benchmark test for VR. What's more, from now until November 28, you can get VRMark for only $4.99 (-75%) in the Steam Sale.

VRMark is a benchmarking application for measuring VR performance. The Cyan Room shows how using an API with less overhead can help developers create impressive VR experiences on modest PC systems.

You can run Cyan Room on a monitor or on a VR headset. Use Benchmark mode to measure performance or try Experience mode with a VR headset to judge a system's rendering quality with your own eyes.

VRMark Cyan Room - DirectX 12 benchmark for VR

VRMark Cyan Room is a VR benchmark that uses a pure DirectX 12 engine built in-house and optimized for VR. It features a large, complex environment and many eye-catching effects.

You can run the test on your monitor—no headset required—or on a connected HMD. The benchmark runs on a fixed path, which makes it easy to repeat the test on other systems to compare performance.

At the end of the test, you'll see if your PC was able to meet the target frame rate, a comparison with other systems, and detailed hardware monitoring charts.

VRMark Cyan Room benchmark screenshot

Evaluate rendering quality with Experience Mode

VR headsets use clever techniques to compensate for missed frames. Even when the frame rate is below the target, you may be surprised by the quality of the VR experience.

You can use Experience mode with a VR headset to judge the performance of a system with your own eyes. It lets you freely explore the Cyan Room in your own time. You can change the rendering resolution and other settings to make the scene more or less demanding. Experience mode is a great way to see how your PC's performance affects your VR experience.

VRMark Cyan Room benchmark screenshot

About VRMark

First released in November 2016, VRMark has helped thousands of people test their PC's VR performance.

In addition to the Cyan Room, VRMark offers two more VR benchmarks. The Orange Room tests your system against the recommended hardware requirements for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The Blue Room is a much more demanding test. With its massive 5K rendering resolution and spectacular volumetric lighting effects, it sets a high bar for future hardware generations.

Available now

Cyan Room is available now as a free update for VRMark Advanced Edition and VRMark Professional Edition. Cyan Room is not available in VRMark Basic Edition or the VRMark demo on Steam.

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

VRMark Advanced Edition - $4.99 (-75%) until November 28

VRMark Advanced Edition includes all three benchmarks and additional features such as custom run settings. VRMark is available to download and buy from our online store and from Steam.

  • Orange Room - VR ready for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
  • Cyan Room - DirectX 12 benchmark for VR performance.
  • Blue Room - The high bar for future hardware.
  • Headset not required - run on your monitor or an HMD.
  • Make tests more or less demanding with custom settings.
  • Detailed frame-by-frame performance charts.
  • Evaluate rendering quality with Experience mode.

VRMark Professional Edition - From $995 per year

VRMark Professional Edition is licensed for business and commercial use. It offers additional features designed for business users such as command line automation and scripting and private offline results by default.



Servermark Media Transcode benchmark is now available

November 20, 2017


Servermark server benchmark suite

The first server benchmark in our new Servermark suite—Servermark Media Transcode—is now available from our UL website.

Servermark is a new benchmark suite from UL and Futuremark. Servermark brings our trusted benchmarking expertise to industry, enterprise, and press users who are searching for accurate and impartial server benchmarks. 

Servermark tests are easy to install, run, and understand, which means you can choose and compare server hardware configurations with confidence.

The first Servermark test in the suite is the Media Transcode benchmark. More Servermark benchmarks are in development and will be available with future updates.

Servermark Media Transcode benchmark

Media Transcode is a Servermark benchmark for testing the performance of media transcoding servers individually or as a cluster. The aim of the benchmark is to determine how many video streams a server can transcode simultaneously using high-performance media transcoding libraries from Intel and NVIDIA.

Servermark Media Transcode result screenshot

The video content used in the benchmark test covers real-world challenges such high motion, low motion, and low light. A range of options and settings let you configure the target video format, resolution, and quality level. The benchmark produces a set of useful performance and quality metrics that you can use to compare server configurations. You can also compare the input and output videos by eye or with your own quality tools. 

UL benchmarks

Futuremark is part of UL, the global safety science company. Servermark is our first UL-branded benchmark. You can find out more about Servermark on our new UL website at https://benchmarks.UL.com/servermark.



VRMark Cyan Room coming November 22

November 15, 2017


VRMark - The Virtual Reality Benchmark

We're excited to announce that VRMark Cyan Room—our new DirectX 12 benchmark test for VR—will be released on November 22.

VRMark is a benchmarking application for measuring VR performance. You can run VRMark tests on your monitor—no headset required—or on a connected HMD. Each benchmark runs on a fixed path, which makes it easy to repeat the test on other systems to compare performance.

VRMark Cyan Room - DirectX 12 benchmark for VR

Cyan Room is a new DirectX 12 benchmark test for VR. It uses a pure DirectX 12 engine built in-house and optimized for VR. It features a large, complex environment and many eye-catching effects. Cyan Room shows how using an API with less overhead can help developers deliver impressive VR experiences even on modest PC systems.

VRMark Cyan Room benchmark screenshot

VRMark's Experience mode will let you explore the Cyan Room in your own time. You can change the rendering resolution and other settings to make the scene more or less demanding. VR headsets use clever techniques to compensate for missed frames. Using Experience mode with a VR headset is a great way to see how system performance affects your VR experience.

VRMark Cyan Room benchmark screenshot

First released in November 2016, VRMark has helped thousands of people test their PC's performance for VR.  

The VRMark Orange Room benchmark tests your system against the recommended hardware requirements for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. 

The Blue Room is a much more demanding test. With its massive 5K rendering resolution and spectacular volumetric lighting effects, it sets a high bar for future hardware generations.

After running a benchmark, you see if your PC was able to meet the target frame rate, a comparison with other systems, and detailed hardware monitoring charts.

Available November 22

Cyan Room will be released on November 22 as a free update for VRMark Advanced Edition and VRMark Professional Edition. Find out more.



PCMark 10 v1.0.1403 update released

November 13, 2017


Today we released a minor update for PCMark 10 that improves the PDF result report feature and fixes a few minor bugs. Benchmarks scores are not affected.

Improved

  • SystemInfo module updated to 5.3.629 for improved compatibility with the latest hardware.

Fixed

  • Fixed an issue with the Web Browsing video workload not starting in some cases.
  • Fixed an issue with the Web Browsing workload not starting when running on a proxy server.
  • Improved logging for the App Start-up, Spreadsheets, Writing, and Web Browsing workloads.

Professional Edition only

  • You can now customize the PDF result report with your own logo. 
  • Added hardware monitoring graphs to the PDF result report.
  • Subscores from PCMark 10 Extended benchmark runs are now included in PDF and XML result reports.
  • Fixed the "--clean-temporary-files" command line option.
  • Added a new command line setting "tempdir" for overriding the default location for the workloads' temporary files.

How to get the latest version

To update to the latest version, open PCMark 10 and follow the prompts on the Home screen. If you bought or downloaded PCMark 10 from Steam you will get the latest updates automatically.



Futuremark and Newegg offer PC enthusiasts everything they need in one place

November 7, 2017


We are proud to announce a new partnership with Newegg, the leading tech-focused e-retailer in North America. The partnership sees Newegg complement its comprehensive selection of PC components and complete systems with our popular 3DMark, VRMark and PCMark 10 benchmarks. It's a winning combination: everything you need to build and benchmark a new PC in one place.

Newegg has long been the preferred destination for tech-savvy PC users when buying or building a new PC or upgrading individual components. Futuremark benchmark tests have helped millions of people test, compare and understand PC performance. Now for the first time, PC enthusiasts can buy Futuremark benchmarks from the same place they buy their components and accessories.

Jani Joki, Commercial Director at Futuremark, said,

“Our benchmarks have been used by gamers, overclockers and PC enthusiasts for almost 20 years. We are delighted to partner with Newegg to offer 3DMark, VRMark and PCMark 10 to PC gamers and system builders who care about performance.”

Merle McIntosh, Newegg’s SVP of Sales & Marketing, said,

“Newegg is committed to offering the most comprehensive hardware selection and a superior shopping experience. 3DMark, VRMark and PCMark 10 are industry-standard benchmarks that add to Newegg’s selection and help the company deliver everything from hardware components to PC performance measurement tools.”

To celebrate the start of this partnership, 3DMark, VRMark, and PCMark 10 Advanced Editions will be featured in Newegg’s Black November Gaming Edition promotion from November 7-13. 

About Newegg

Newegg Inc. is the leading electronics-focused e-retailer in the United States. It owns and operates Newegg.com (https://www.newegg.com) which was founded in 2001 and regularly earns industry-leading customer service ratings. It now has a global reach to more than 50 countries in Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East. The award-winning website has more than 32 million registered users and offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest consumer electronics, entertainment, smart home and gaming products, consistently ranking as one of the best online shopping destinations.



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