The brainy benchmarking nerds at Futuremark dropped us a note to let us know about a 3DMark 11 update now available for download. It's a relatively minor update with a handful of tweaks, and any results produced following the patch are compatible and comparable with results produced by earlier versions, the Finnish software maker claims.
Futuremark, makers of popular benchmarks like 3DMark and PCMark, today announced a new software metric called Powermark. The Finnish software maker describes Powermark as a new battery life and power consumption test for Windows 7 notebooks, laptops, tablets, and other battery powered devices.
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.