3DMark added a new test to for making chip-to-chip comparisons across mobile devices and operating systems. 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited provides an accurate way to measure component performance without vertical sync, display resolution scaling and other operating system factors affecting the result.
In Unlimited mode the rendering engine uses a fixed time step between frames and renders exactly the same frames in every run on every device. The frames are rendered in 720p resolution “offscreen” while the display is updated with small frame thumbnails every 100 frames to show progress.
Ice Storm Unlimited can be added to 3DMark for Android by updating to version 1.1.0-1179 from Google Play:
How to choose the right benchmark for your device
Forced vertical sync on Android devices limits apps to displaying a maximum of 60 frames per second. Your score will be shown as “Maxed out” if your device hits the vertical sync limit during a test. This indicates that the test is too lightweight for your device. 3DMark will recommend the best test for your device to avoid vertical sync limits.
Use 3DMark Ice Storm to make device-to-device comparisons of mainstream smartphones and tablets. Ice Storm includes two Graphics tests designed to stress the graphical (GPU) performance of your device and a Physics test to stress its processing (CPU) performance. Devices that are too fast for Ice Storm will be prompted to run Ice Storm Extreme instead.
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme raises the Graphics tests’ rendering resolution to 1080p and uses higher quality textures and post-processing effects to create a more demanding load for the latest mobile devices. Devices that are too fast for Ice Storm Extreme will be prompted to run Ice Storm Unlimited.
Use 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited to make chip-to-chip comparisons of different chipsets, CPUs and GPUs without vertical sync, display resolution scaling and other operating system factors affecting the result.
3DMark benchmark now available on iOS
We also released 3DMark for iOS today. You can directly compare 3DMark scores from devices running iOS, Android and Windows. Which means if Apple reveals new devices this week as expected, you’ll have an independent way of validating their performance claims and comparing them against the competition. You can find scores for all the latest devices in the 3DMark app and on our website’s Best Mobile Devices chart: http://community.futuremark.com/hardware/mobile