Valve is serving up something a little different via Steam, its digital distribution platform for games. The "Daily Deal" on Steam is for the latest version of Futuremark's 3DMark benchmark, which you can snag for $8.49. That's a 66 percent discount over its normal selling price of $24.95. The cool thing about the latest 3DMark release is that it's a cross-platform benchmark for Windows, Android, iOS, and Windows RT (coming soon), allowing you to compare scores from two totally different devices.
It includes three tests for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, and DirectX 11 hardware from different categories. The three benchmark tests include Fire Strike (intended for high performance gaming PCs), Cloud Gate (for notebooks and home PCs), and Ice Storm (for tablets and entry-level PCs).
By purchasing 3DMark Advanced Edition, you can run each test individually, unlock the Fire Strike Extreme preset for ultra high-end setups, play around with custom settings, use benchmark looping for stability testing, and get in-depth insights with interactive performance graphs.