Futuremark's collection of benchmarks are handy when it comes to evaluating hardware, comparing computer parts, and rooting out potential problems. For testing graphics cards and integrated graphics, 3DMark is the go-to benchmark, and it's about to get even better. At Computex next week, Futuremark will show off Sky Driver, a new 3DMark benchmark test for DirectX 11 gaming laptops and mid-range PCs.
The folks at Futuremark offer a ton of popular benchmarking applications for desktop PCs and mobile devices like tablets and smartphones, though noticeably missing is any kind of server benchmark. Futuremark is attempting to tie up that loose end by announcing Servermark, a new and comprehensive benchmarking tool for x86-based servers running Linux. According to Futuremark, it will be especially suitable for testing virtual machines.
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.
Serving as yet another sign that mobile platforms are here to stay, Futuremark announced that it plans to port its PCMark benchmark over to Android, iOS, and Windows RT. Like its Windows counterpart, the mobile version will feature benchmark tests based on real-world use scenarios, though they'll be geared toward activities that smartphone and tablet owners perform on a daily basis. It will also examine battery life.
Popular benchmarking tool receives a significant update.
Looking for something new to test your hardware with? Hang tight for about another month and you'll be able to stress your components using Futuremark's upcoming PCMark 8 software. Futuremark received help from members of its Benchmark Development Program, which include Acer, AMD, Condusiv Technologies, Dell, HGST, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Nvidia, Samsung, SanDisk, Seagate, and Western Digital.
Futuremark today announced that the Android version of 3DMark is now available to download, giving Android device owners another benchmark at their disposal. Several prominent technology firms provided input into the benchmark's design, including Imagination Technologies, Intel, Broadcom, Nvidia, Qualcomm, and others. One of the goals was to make it so that scores could be compared across platforms, and apparently Futuremark delivered.
There will be four different versions of 3DMark, one each for Windows, Windows RT, Android, and iOS.
Futuremark is nearly finished putting the finishing touches on its new 3DMark benchmark for Windows, which it plans to release on Monday, February 4. It will be one of four different versions, as Futuremark is planning to launch 3DMark builds for Windows (including Windows 8), Windows RT (for ARM-based systems), Android, and iOS. Releases dates for the other three versions are not yet known at this time.
View several screenshots from the Cloud Gate test in Futuremark's upcoming 3DMark tool.
The folks at Futuremark are putting the final touches on a new version of the popular 3DMark benchmark suite, one that promises cross platform benchmarking, meaning you can compare scores from Windows, Windows RT, Android, and iOS devices. It's slated to launch in January 2013, but in the meantime, you can view a handful of screenshots from the Cloud Gate test in our gallery after the jump.
Coming out of left field (from a 'fowl' hit? *groan*) is Rovio Entertainment's announcement that it has acquired Futuremark Games Studio, the gaming arm of benchmarking software developer Futuremark. Rovio, of course, is the developer behind the hugely popular Angry Birds franchise, which was just recently launched into space in the latest multi-platform installment, Angry Birds Space.
While most of us were sitting around watching football and ringing in the New Year over the holiday weekend, our friends over at VR-Zone were getting their geek on by modding and benchmarking AMD Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards. They started with a single HD 7970 board, of which they quickly modded with a special BIOS that allowed them to bump up the core voltage from 1.15V to 1.25V.