Just two weeks after announcing the development of a new 3DMark benchmark for Windows 8, Futuremark says its team of programmers are also hard at work on a version for Android slated for 2012. 3DMark for Android (working title) will push out results that will be comparable with 3DMark for Windows 8 (also a working title), no small feat when you're dealing with two entirely different platforms.
Futuremark has begun hammering out code for the next version of its popular 3DMark benchmark utility. The working title is 3DMark for Windows 8, and according to Futuremark, it will be the company's most wide-ranging 3DMark ever, with the ability to measure and compare gaming performance from all Windows 8 devices, regardless of the underlying processor. This means you'll be able to compare a Windows 8 tablet to a desktop PC, and everything in between.
Every now and then you need to check the performance of your system. Maybe it seems to be running sluggishly. Perhaps you just got a new graphics card, or doubled your installed DRAM. So you want to run some quick performance tests to see if your system is indeed more sluggish than before, or faster with that upgrade.
What you want to do is run the appropriate benchmark. Join us as we dive into the world of quick and dirty benchmarking: testing your system as a quickly and efficiently as possible, all while keeping simple and on a budget.
Futuremark's annual Lords of Overclocking competition drew more than 10,000 entries from over 80 countries, each one hoping they had the highest 3DMark 11 benchmark score. And 39 of them did, at one point or another, as that's how many times a high score was submitted to the MSI sponsored event during it's four-week run. Hit the jump to find out who won and the new score to beat.
For those of who you were counting the days until May 3, 2011 and planned on benchmarking your newly built machine with Futuremark's soon-to-be-released PCMark 7 suite this week, you'll have to bide your time just a little while longer. Futuremark sent us a note this morning letting us know it's decided to delay the launch "by a few days" as it works with hardware companies to iron out an unspecified issue.
We've long since retired Futuremark's dated 3DMark 05 and 06 benchmarks, but believe it or not, people are still using them to chase world records in the overclocking community. To wit, a Danish overclocker just set new records in both benchmarks using MSI's R6870 Hawk videocard based on AMD's Radeon HD 6870.
All the cool kids are running 3DMark 11 these days, but don't worry, it's still perfectly acceptable to tout your 3DMark Vantage score too, especially since there's a larger pool of scores to compare yours with. As an added bonus, Futuremark tells us they've released an update for 3DMark Vantage today that, among other things, improves display compatibility across all presets. But that's not all that's changed.
Futuremark originally delayed the release of its much anticipated 3DMark 11 benchmark in order to "fix a couple of difficult bugs rather than patching the benchmark immediately after launch." Mission accomplished, as today's update to version 1.01 doesn't quite qualify as "immediately," though it does come just two weeks after the benchmark went live.
"Unfortunately such wide scale use has brought to light a few issues that weren't caught by our own testing," Futuremark told us in an email. "So today we are releasing an update to 3DMark 11 to fix those problems and add a couple of requested features. Note, until Nvidia release new drivers SLI will continue to be unavailable in 3DMark 11."
There are eight fixes and feature additions for all editions for 3DMark 11, three for the Advanced and Professional editions only, and three for the just the Professional edition.
Futuremark has some good news for all you benchmarking braggarts looking for new scores to boast in your favorite forum(s). Following what turned out to be a short delay, the much anticipated 3DMark 11 has gone gold.
3DMark 11 is the latest addition to Futuremark's GPU benchmarking suite and is designed for testing DirectX 11 hardware through six all new tests. There are three versions to choose from:
3DMark 11 Basic Edition: Free download offering an unlimited number of benchmark runs using the performance preset
3DMark 11 Advanced Edition: Offers all presets, custom settings, benchmark looping, unlimited online results storage, offline results management, and a few other goodies for $20.
3DMark 11 Professional Edition: The only edition licensed for commercial use. Includes all features, such as command automation, an image quality tool, logo-free demo looping, and priority support. This one runs $995.
New features added to 3DMark 11 include additional language support (including German, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and Finnish), a native DirectX 11 engine, open source Bullet Physics library, and an improved online service.
We woke up to find an email from Futuremark this morning letting us know that they've decided to postpone the launch of 3DMark 11, perhaps by up to a week, or maybe just a few days.
"Our aim is that 3DMark 11 should provide accurate, reliable, and consistent results from the start," Futuremark President Oliver Baltuch wrote in an email. "With that goal in mind we are taking some extra time now to fix a couple of difficult bugs rather than patching the benchmark immediately after launch.
Baltuch went on to say that "it might take a day, it might take a week," but either way 3DMark 11 will be here soon. In the meantime, there are a handful of 3DMark 11 videos and pictures posted online, which you can view here.