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Microsoft uses 3DMark to show DirectX 12 benefits

Microsoft shared the first public details of DirectX 12 at GDC yesterday. And I’m delighted that they chose 3DMark 11 to demonstrate the advantages of the new API. In their words, “3DMark [11] on Direct3D 11 uses multi-threading 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.” 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 efficiencies in DirectX 12 are achieved: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/directx/archive/2014/03/20/directx-12.aspx 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. I’m excited to announce that we are creating a new 3DMark benchmark that will demonstrate and test the full capabilities of DirectX 12.



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Futuremark Announces Servermark™ Benchmark

Introduction In HELSINKI, FINLAND on February 13, 2013 Futuremark® announced it is creating a new benchmark for measuring and comparing the performance of servers. This product is designed for industry, enterprise and press users. Servermark™ will be a comprehensive benchmarking tool for x86-based servers running Linux and will be especially suitable for testing virtual machines. This product will feature a variety of benchmark tests for web servers, file servers, database servers, media servers and other common server use cases. For details on this product please visit http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/servermark As with all Futuremark benchmarks, The Servermark will be developed in partnership with leading hardware companies. The Servermark Benchmark Development Program™ members will have the opportunity to provide input at all stages of development in addition to receiving regular development builds and complimentary site licenses for the new benchmark. Any technology companies interested in joining the Servermark Benchmark Development Program should call Oliver Baltuch on +1-408-614-2025 (PST) or email bdp@futuremark.com.  Find out more about Servermark and the Benchmark Development Program on the Futuremark website, or follow Futuremark on LinkedIn for the latest company news. About Futuremark® Futuremark® creates the world’s most popular benchmark tests. Futuremark’s 3DMark®, PCMark®, Powermark® and Peacekeeper™ tests have helped million...



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New in PCMark 8 version 2.0.191

Introduction There is a major update that adds new tests and workloads to PCMark 8. Scores from the Home, Creative and Work benchmarks in PCMark 8 v2.0.191 are not comparable with scores from v1.2.157 or other previous versions. This update adds a new Compatibility Mode setting to the Professional and Advanced Editions that enables you to run older versions of each test for times when you need to compare scores with historical benchmark results.  These notes are a summary of the changes in this update. Please read the PCMark 8 Technical Guide for detailed descriptions of the new tests and workloads. Home benchmark Home updated to version 3.0. Scores should not be compared with previous versions. New Photo Editing test using the open source ImageMagick library and a wider variety of image processing operations. Video Chat test now features improved face detection and performance. The test has been updated to use OpenCV 2.4.7. Creative benchmark Creative updated to version 3.0. Scores should not be compared with previous versions. Photo Editing test using the open source ImageMagick library and a wider variety of image processing operations. Video Editing part 2 now uses source material in 4K UHD resolution (3840×2160). Video Group Chat test now features improved face detection and performance. The test has been updated to use OpenCV 2.4.7. Work benchmark Work updated to version 2.0. Scores should not be compared with previous versions. Work version 2.0 adds a new Spre...



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Benchmark Surface 2 with 3DMark for Windows RT

3DMark is now available as a free app for Windows RT devices from Windows Store: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/app/3dmark/f71eedf2-76ac-4be9-a073-13142d4a87fe 3DMark on Windows RT includes the same benchmarks as the Android and iOS editions. Cross-platform benchmarking across Windows, Android, iOS, and Windows RT is easy, fast and accurate with 3DMark. 3DMark Ice Storm is a DirectX 11 feature level 9 benchmark, (the modern equivalent of DirectX 9), for testing Windows RT tablets and notebooks. It includes two 720p Graphics tests designed to stress graphical (GPU) performance and a Physics test to stress processing (CPU) performance. 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. 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited is a different type of benchmark, one designed to test the raw performance of the underlying hardware. Use Ice Storm Unlimited to compare different chipsets, CPUs and GPUs without vertical sync, display resolution scaling and other operating system factors affecting the result. You’ll find more details in our technical guide: http://www.futuremark.com/downloads/3DMark_Technical_Guide.pdf 



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PCMark 8 benchmark update adds Windows 8.1 compatibility

This update adds compatibility with Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11, introduces new options for testing OpenCL, and adds detailed hardware monitoring graphs. Scores from the Work, Storage and Applications benchmarks are not affected by this update. Scores from the Home and Creative benchmarks should not be compared with scores from previous versions of PCMark 8 due to the addition of new run modes for those tests. PCMark v1.1.111 uses a new installer. If your system has an older version of PCMark 8 installed, you should manually uninstall it using Add/Remove Programs in the Windows Control Panel before installing this update. You should also manually uninstall SystemInfo. New The Home and Creative benchmarks now offer a choice of run modes. Conventional mode does not use OpenCL, reflecting how the majority of software works today. Accelerated mode uses OpenCL acceleration, anticipating how software will work in the future. New interactive graphs show hardware monitoring data from each benchmark run. Improved Progress windows now show estimated time for each test. SystemInfo scan is now at least 50% faster. Compatibility Compatible with Windows 8.1. Compatible with Internet Explorer 11. SystemInfo updated to v4.21 for improved compatibility with the latest hardware. New troubleshooting options for OpenCL device selection in Help tab. Fixed Fixed an issue in the Web Browsing test that could cause the test to hang. Fixed an issue with Video Chat and Video Group Chat show...



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3DMark is Steam’s Daily Deal, 66% off for 48 hours

3DMark is today’s Daily Deal on Steam. http://store.steampowered.com/app/223850/ 3DMark on Steam 3DMark includes three benchmarks – Ice Storm, Cloud Gate and Fire Strike – for testing everything from notebooks to high-end gaming PCs. Designed for gamers, overclockers and system builders, 3DMark Advanced Edition improves upon the free version by allowing you to: Run each test individually – skip the tablet and notebook tests when benchmarking a gaming PC. Unlock the Fire Strike Extreme preset for testing PCs with multiple GPUs. Use custom settings to explore your PC’s limits. Use benchmark looping for testing your PC’s stability when overclocked. Earn Steam Achievements(!) and compete for the fastest PC on Steam leaderboards. Move your key freely between the Steam and standalone versions.



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3DMark Android gets new “Unlimited” benchmark test

 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: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.futuremark.dmandroid.application 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 f...



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PCMark is coming to Android, iOS and Windows RT

Futuremark® is creating a new PCMark® benchmark for Android, iOS and Windows RT devices and is calling on mobile manufacturers to join the development. Companies in the PCMark Mobile Benchmark Development Program (BDP) will have the opportunity to provide input at all stages of development in addition to receiving regular development builds and complimentary site licenses for the new benchmark. Technology companies operating in the mobile industry such as carriers, OEMs, ODMs, component manufacturers and their suppliers are invited to apply for BDP membership now. For details please visit http://www.futuremark.com/bdp. “We take great pride in working with the top technology companies to create the best benchmarks for consumers, industry and press,” said Jukka Mäkinen, Futuremark CEO. “After shaking up the mobile landscape with 3DMark we’re looking forward to doing the same with a new PCMark benchmark for Android, iOS and Windows RT.” Like its Windows counterpart, PCMark for mobile platforms will feature benchmark tests based on common use scenarios, focusing on the activities and tasks that smartphone and tablet owners perform every day. Designed for modern mobile devices, PCMark will provide a view of real-world system performance and power efficiency. “Editors and test lab managers tell us they desperately need a credible benchmark for comparing the most popular smartphones and tablets,” said Oliver Baltuch, Futuremark Preside...



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Futuremark announces PCMark 8

  Battery life testing For the first time in the series, PCMark 8 will combine performance testing with battery life measurement. You can estimate battery use from each benchmark test or use Battery Life mode to loop a test until the battery is almost empty for more accurate results. New Adobe and Microsoft application tests PCMark benchmark tests are based on common use scenarios such as browsing the web, photo editing, video chat, writing and gaming. PCMark 8 takes this one step further by including additional benchmark tests based on popular productivity and creativity applications from Adobe and Microsoft. Developed with industry expertise PCMark 8 has been developed in partnership with the members of our Benchmark Development Program. PCMark BDP members include Acer, AMD, Condusiv Technologies, Dell, HGST, HP, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Samsung, SanDisk, Seagate and Western Digital. We believe that this open process of close cooperation with industry experts is the only way to create accurate and impartial benchmarks that measure performance fairly. Having high-level access to the industry’s leaders also ensures that our benchmarks are relevant not only for today’s hardware, but remain relevant year after year. The complete benchmark for Windows Whether you are looking for long battery life, maximum power, for the home or at the office, PCMark 8 will help you find the devices that offer the perfect combination of efficiency and performance for your nee...



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3DMark update fixes multi-GPU issues, adds Ice Storm Extreme test to Windows editions

3DMark update fixes multi-GPU issues, adds Ice Storm Extreme test to Windows editions What’s New in 3DMark v1.1.0 for Windows This update adds the Ice Storm Extreme test and fixes issues when testing systems with multiple GPUs. 3DMark scores will increase slightly on systems with two GPUs and significantly on systems with three or four GPUs. NEW The Ice Storm Extreme benchmark test has been added to 3DMark Advanced and Professional Editions. Ice Storm Extreme is a Direct3D feature level 9 benchmark test for Windows tablets, ultrabooks and notebooks. Ice Storm Extreme raises the rendering resolution from 720p to 1080p and uses higher quality textures and post-processing effects in the graphics tests to create a more demanding load for the latest mobile devices. You can compare Ice Storm and Ice Storm Extreme scores from Windows and Android devices. FIXED - 3DMark now works correctly on systems with up to four GPUs. - Fixed the issue caused by Windows update KB2670838, which added partial DX11.1 support to Windows 7. - Fixed a problem with the bloom post-processing effect when using very high rendering resolutions in custom settings. DOWNLOAD 3DMark v1.1.0 is now available to download from many of our mirror partners. People with the Steam edition of 3DMark will get the update automatically. http://www.futuremark.com/support/downloads



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3DMark Android Edition updated

An update for 3DMark Android Edition is now available from the Google Play store. While most of the changes in this update are minor optimizations and small bug fixes, there is one change to the Ice Storm Extreme test that is worth explaining in detail. There are three tests in 3DMark Ice Storm and Ice Storm Extreme: Graphics test 1, Graphics test 2, and the Physics test. The two graphics tests are designed to measure GPU performance. The Physics test is designed to measure CPU performance. Ice Storm uses an off-screen rendering resolution of 720p. Ice Storm Extreme raises the rendering resolution to 1080p and, while this is fine for the Graphics tests, we have noticed that the additional rendering load can affect the Physics test score on devices with low-end GPUs. With this update, the Ice Storm Extreme Physics test now runs at 720p to ensure the result is not influenced by the GPU. Ice Storm Extreme scores may improve slightly on devices with low-end GPUs. Score are unaffected on the majority of high-end devices. As a rule of thumb, you should use Ice Storm Extreme to compare devices that can run the standard Ice Storm benchmark at more than 40 frames per second. ————- What’s New in 3DMark Android Edition v1.0.2-1109 NEW - Added chipset model to device detail pages. IMPROVED - Ice Storm Extreme Physics test for measuring CPU performance now runs at 720p to ensure the result is not influenced by the GPU. Ice Storm Extreme scores may improve ...



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Minor updates for 3DMark 11 and 3DMark Vantage

3DMark 11 v1.0.5 This update fixes a few minor issues. Benchmark scores are not affected. Existing users can update 3DMark 11 to the latest version with this patch, or download the complete installer from one of our mirror partners. If you have the Steam version, 3DMark 11 will be updated automatically. Compatibility SystemInfo updated to version 4.17 to improve compatibility with latest hardware. Bug fixes Fixed display mode identification for systems with a very large number of supported display modes. 3DMark Vantage v1.1.2 This update adds Windows 8 compatibility and fixes a few bugs. Benchmark scores are not affected by this update. Existing users can update 3DMark Vantage to the latest version with this patch, or download the complete installer from one of our mirror partners. If you have the Steam version, 3DMark Vantage will be updated automatically. Compatibility Fixed Windows 8 compatibility issues with online result service connection. SystemInfo updated to version 4.17 to improve compatibility with latest hardware. Updated PhysX software to version 9.12.1031. Bug fixes Fixed various GUI bugs. Updated exporter.dll to fix problem loading saved results. Professional Edition only Added support for infinite looping through the command line interface. Added save and submit result options to the command line interface.



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Testing OUYA with 3DMark

Shortly after Futuremark released 3DMark on the Google Play store a couple of weeks ago, they were contacted by James Coote (@JamesACoote), developer of upcoming OUYA game Executive Star: http://www.crystallinegreen.com/?page_id=316 OUYA is console based on components for mobile devices, quite attractivly priced at $99. James was keen to try 3DMark on his OUYA dev kit, they were happy to help, and now we have his results. Here’s a video of James running 3DMark on his OUYA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiCuN1wsHgQ And here are the OUYA’s results in detail: http://community.futuremark.com/hardware/mobile/OUYA+Console/review The OUYA is currently ranked #73 among Android devices for 3DMark Ice Storm, new benchmark designed specifically for testing the performance of mobile hardware. Ice Storm is an OpenGL ES 2.0 benchmark that uses a fixed off-screen rendering resolution of 720p before scaling the output to fit the native display resolution of the device. Ice Storm includes two graphics tests designed to stress the GPU performance of the device and a physics test to stress its CPU performance. More about new 3DMark in our review here. 3DMark is available worldwide as a free download for Android devices. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.futuremark.dmandroid.application As OUYA can’t install 3DMark from Google Play you will need the standalone installer if you have access to this console. OUYA offers every game free to try, and if you lik...



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3DMark Android updated, over 100,000 downloads in first week

Futuremark Releases 3DMark For Android With more than 100,000 downloads in its first five days in the Google Play store, our 3DMark benchmark app is a big hit with Android users. We’ve collected thousands of results, added hundreds of new devices to our database and replied to lots of great feedback. Given the huge range of Android devices out there, it’s no surprise that there have been a few unexpected issues too. The good news is that we have just rolled out our first update, which fixes many of the more common problems. Benchmark scores are not affected by this update. What’s New in 3DMark Android Edition v1.0.1-949 NEW - You can now search the Device Channel. - You can now report unknown and incorrectly identified devices. FIXED - Fixed a bug that caused crashes for some users. - Fixed the “no score” bug that could cause the test to exit after the demo. - The Device Channel list loads faster and uses less memory. To get the best results we recommend closing all other apps before running 3DMark tests. This appears to be particularly important on Android devices that keep frequently used apps running in the background. If the test stops randomly in the middle of the run, the most likely cause is your device running out of memory. 3DMark is also good at exposing the thermal throttling behaviour of high-powered devices. As these devices heat up they intentionally slow the processor to avoid overheating, which in turn leads to lower scores on ...



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3DMark benchmark now available on Android devices

The Android edition of 3DMark includes everything you need to accurately benchmark the performance of Android smartphones and tablets. Developed in cooperation with Broadcom, Imagination Technologies, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and other world-class companies, 3DMark is the ideal modern benchmark for over 1,000 Android devices. What’s more, 3DMark scores can be compared across platforms. You can use 3DMark to test and compare the performance of devices running Android, iOS, Windows and Windows RT, and help your readers better understand how new devices compare with the alternatives. Millions of PC gamers use 3DMark to tests the limits of their hardware. Now 3DMark is ready for a new generation of mobile gamers. Available today on Android and Windows, and coming soon to Windows RT and Apple’s iOS, 3DMark is the cross-platform performance benchmark for all your devices. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAImZ_Jzk1s NEW 3DMARK BENCHMARK TESTS The Android edition of 3DMark includes two benchmarks, both based on OpenGL ES 2.0. Ice Storm Use Ice Storm to test the performance of your Android powered smartphone or tablet. 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. Ice Storm Extreme Designed for the latest smartphones and tablets, Ice Storm Extreme raises the rendering resolution to 1080p and uses higher quality textures and post-processing eff...







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