3DMark update

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Futuremark has released a new version of the 3DMark graphical benchmark. It contains DirectX 9, 10 and 11-based benchmarks, and requires Windows Vista, 7 or 8 to run. There is a free Basic Edition of 3DMark available.

The new 3DMark includes everything you need to benchmark your hardware. With three all new tests you can bench everything from tablets and notebooks to the latest high-end gaming desktops. It's the most powerful and flexible 3DMark we've ever created.

About the Software

The new 3DMark includes everything you need to benchmark your hardware. With three all new tests you can bench everything from tablets and notebooks to the latest high-end gaming desktops. It's the most powerful and flexible 3DMark we've ever created.
We designed 3DMark for gamers, overclockers and system builders who want to get the most out of their hardware. 3DMark is a complete PC benchmarking tool kit for those who are serious about performance. And it's no longer just for Windows. With the new 3DMark, you can now compare your scores with Android, iOS and Windows RT devices too.

  • The latest version of the world's most popular benchmark.
  • Includes three stunning tests for DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 hardware.
  • Test everything from tablets to desktop gaming PCs.
  • Compare scores with other Windows, Android and iOS devices.
  • Compete for the fastest PC on Steam with Steam leaderboards.
  • Easy to use, no technical know-how needed.
Three New Benchmark Tests

Fire Strike - For high performance gaming PCs
Use Fire Strike to test the performance of dedicated gaming PCs, or use the Fire Strike Extreme preset for high-end systems with multiple GPUs. Fire Strike uses a multi-threaded DirectX 11 engine to test DirectX hardware.
Cloud Gate - For notebooks and home PCs
Use Cloud Gate to test the performance of notebooks and typical home PCs. Cloud Gate uses a DirectX 11 engine limited to Direct3D feature level 10, making it suitable for testing DirectX 10 compatible hardware.
Ice Storm - For tablets and entry-level PCs
Use Ice Storm to test the performance of your Windows tablet, ultra-portable notebook or entry-level PC. Ice Storm uses a DirectX 11 engine limited to Direct3D feature level 9, making it the ideal benchmark for modern portable devices targeting that feature level. You can compare Ice Storm scores from Windows, Windows RT, Android and iOS devices at futuremark.com.
Key Features


  • Run each test individually for faster benchmarking.
  • Unlock the Fire Strike Extreme preset for extreme hardware.
  • Explore your PC's performance limits with custom settings.
  • Use benchmark looping for stability testing and burning in.
  • Get in-depth insights with interactive performance graphs.
Note: The 64 bit version of this software does not currently run in the Steam beta client.

System Requirements


  • Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista*
    • Processor:1.8 GHz dual-core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 9**
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:* Windows Vista users will need to install the DirectX 11 platform update from Microsoft. ** You can use 3DMark to test DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 compatible hardware, but you will need a DirectX 11 compatible video card to run all of the tests. DirectX 9 hardware needs Shader Model 3.0 support, 128MB video card memory and WDDM 1.1 drivers.


  • Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:1.8 GHz dual-core
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 11
    • Hard Drive:3 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:* Windows Vista users will need to install the DirectX 11 platform update from Microsoft. ** You can use 3DMark to test DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 compatible hardware, but to run all tests in 3DMark you will need hardware that supports all DirectX 11 features. DirectX 9 hardware needs Shader Model 3.0 support, 128MB video card memory and WDDM 1.1 drivers.


3DMark cross-platform benchmark for Windows, Windows RT, Android and iOS
 
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Re: 3DMark 11 Updates

Futuremark has released a 1.1.0 Patch for the latest version of the 3DMark benchmark. The patch adds a new Ice Storm Extreme test, and fixes issues on systems with multiple GPUs.
 

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Futuremark has released a 1.2.250 Patch for the latest version of the 3DMark benchmark. The patch adds a new Ice Storm Unlimited test, improves GPU hardware detection, and fixes the display of clock speeds and temps on performance graphs.
 

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Futuremark 3DMark v1.2.362

1.2.362
This is a minor update. Benchmark scores are unaffected.

Improved

  • Improved reliability when submitting results over an internet connection with very high latency.

  • SystemInfo module updated to 4.26 for improved hardware detection.
Fixed

  • DirectX 10 level video cards no longer attempt to run the Fire Strike benchmark.

  • Fixed a rare issue that could corrupt the saved product key.
Steam version only

  • Fixed a bug that prevented Steam Achievements from being unlocked.

  • Fixed a rare issue with results not always being associated with a Steam ID.
Professional Edition only

  • Fixed an issue with command line XML export of Ice Storm scores.

http://www.3dmark.com/
 

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Futuremark has released a 1.3.708 Patch for the latest version of the 3DMark benchmark.

New DirectX 11 benchmark test available now

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Hot on the heels of all the hardware announcements at Computex, our new 3DMark Sky Diver benchmark test is ready to download and use now.

Please read the important note from NVIDIA below about driver compatibility.

Every single 3DMark user - more than a million and counting - will get Sky Diver as a free update. For new users, Sky Diver is unlocked and ready to use in all editions of 3DMark. And for a limited time, you can buy 3DMark Advanced Edition, which includes more tests, custom settings and other features, from Steam for only $9.99.

Sky Diver is a new DirectX 11 benchmark test for gaming laptops and mid-range PCs. It's ideal for testing mainstream graphics cards, mobile GPUs, integrated graphics and other systems that cannot achieve double-digit frame rates in the more demanding Fire Strike test.

Together, Sky Diver and Fire Strike let you test the full range of DirectX 11 graphics hardware. Fire Strike is equivalent to testing a system with a modern DirectX 11 game on ultra-high settings. Sky Diver is more like running a game on normal settings. As a general guide:

  • If a system scores less than 2800 in Fire Strike you should run Sky Diver.
  • If a system scores more than 12000 in Sky Diver, you should run Fire Strike.
Please note that Sky Diver and Fire Strike scores are not directly comparable.

3DMark Sky Diver benchmark tests in brief
Sky Diver includes a Demo, two Graphics tests, a Physics test and a Combined test. The Graphics tests measure GPU performance, the Physics test measures CPU performance, and the Combined test stresses both GPU and CPU. The Demo does not affect the score.

Graphics test 1 focuses on tessellation and uses a forward lighting method. Graphics test 2 focuses on pixel processing and uses compute shader-based deferred tiled lighting.

The Physics test introduces a new approach that extends the performance range for which the test is relevant. The test runs through four levels of work starting with the lightest and continuing to the heaviest unless the frame rate drops below a minimum threshold.

The Combined test contains both graphics workloads and physics simulations to stress the CPU and GPU. The test uses a compute shader-based deferred tiled lighting method.

You'll find more details in our 3DMark Technical Guide.

An important note from NVIDIA about driver compatibility
"While testing the 3DMark Sky Diver benchmark, NVIDIA discovered an issue where some of their GPU configurations would render a black screen during benchmarking. NVIDIA has since solved the issue for these configurations and will be including the fix with their next driver installment coming early next week. In the meantime, if you experience this issue with your configuration, please use the 335.23 WHQL driver, available from both NVIDIA.com and GeForce.com."

Ref:
http://www.futuremark.com/pressreleases/3dmark-sky-diver-has-landed
 

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FIRE STRIKE ULTRA - WORLD'S FIRST 4K ULTRA HD BENCHMARK

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The buzz around 4K gaming continues to grow, but can the latest hardware really deliver? And are the extra pixels worth the extra cost?

To answer those questions, we've created Fire Strike Ultra, the world's first 4K Ultra HD benchmark, available now in 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition. Sorry Basic Edition users, you'll need to upgrade if you want to run Fire Strike Ultra.

Fire Strike Ultra renders the test content at 3840 x 2160 (4K Ultra HD) before scaling the output to your PC's display resolution. This means you don't need a 4K monitor to run Fire Strike Ultra, though you will need a GPU with at least 3 GB of dedicated memory.

You will be able to search for and compare Fire Strike Ultra scores for different hardware configurations on our website. And naturally, there's a dedicated Fire Strike Ultra leaderboard in the Futuremark Hall of Fame.

3DMark v1.4.775
This is a major update that adds Fire Strike Ultra, the world's first 4K Ultra HD benchmark. Fire Strike Ultra is available to run in 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition.

New


  • Added Fire Strike Ultra, a new 4K Ultra HD benchmark test. You don't need a 4K monitor to run Fire Strike Ultra, though you will need a GPU with at least 3 GB of dedicated memory.


Improved


  • New design for main benchmark selection screen.
  • Improved benchmark logging to assist customer support.


Fixed


  • 3DMark is now more robust when there is a problem identifying or monitoring the hardware in the system.


Professional Edition only


  • You can now set command line options within .3dmdef files.
  • Minor syntax changes to the .3dmdef definition files. You may need to update your existing scripts if using automation. See Command Line Guide for details.
  • Added command line logging options.
  • Command line progress logging now includes workload names and loop numbers.
  • Removed empty log lines from command line output.
Download


Fire Strike Ultra is available now in the latest versions of 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition. The Steam version of 3DMark updates automatically. The standalone will prompt you to download and install the update.

Find out more and download 3DMark v1.4.755.
ref:
http://www.futuremark.com/pressreleases/fire-strike-ultra-worlds-first-4k-ultra-hd-benchmark
 

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A small update for the recent release:

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Post updated October 14, 2014 to add 3DMark Windows v1.4.778 release notes

The buzz around 4K gaming continues to grow, but can the latest hardware really deliver? And are the extra pixels worth the extra cost?

To answer those questions, we've created Fire Strike Ultra, the world's first 4K Ultra HD benchmark, available now in 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition. Sorry Basic Edition users, you'll need to upgrade if you want to run Fire Strike Ultra.

Fire Strike Ultra renders the test content at 3840 x 2160 (4K Ultra HD) before scaling the output to your PC's display resolution. This means you don't need a 4K monitor to run Fire Strike Ultra, though you will need a GPU with at least 3 GB of dedicated memory.

You will be able to search for and compare Fire Strike Ultra scores for different hardware configurations on our website. And naturally, there's a dedicated Fire Strike Ultra leaderboard in the Futuremark Hall of Fame.

3DMark v1.4.775
This is a major update that adds Fire Strike Ultra, the world's first 4K Ultra HD benchmark. Fire Strike Ultra is available to run in 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition.

New


  • Added Fire Strike Ultra, a new 4K Ultra HD benchmark test. You don't need a 4K monitor to run Fire Strike Ultra, though you will need a GPU with at least 3 GB of dedicated memory.


Improved


  • New design for main benchmark selection screen.
  • Improved benchmark logging to assist customer support.


Fixed


  • 3DMark is now more robust when there is a problem identifying or monitoring the hardware in the system.


Professional Edition only


  • You can now set command line options within .3dmdef files.
  • Minor syntax changes to the .3dmdef definition files. You may need to update your existing scripts if using automation. See Command Line Guide for details.
  • Added command line logging options.
  • Command line progress logging now includes workload names and loop numbers.
  • Removed empty log lines from command line output.
3DMark Windows v1.4.778
This is a minor update. Benchmark scores are unaffected.
Fixed
  • Fixed the "Workload Single init returned error message: bad lexical cast" issue affecting some systems.
Download


Fire Strike Ultra is available now in the latest versions of 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition. The Steam version of 3DMark updates automatically. The standalone will prompt you to download and install the update.

Find out more and download 3DMark v1.4.778.
ref:
https://www.futuremark.com/pressreleases
 

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Futuremark has released a 1.4.828 Patch for the latest version of the 3DMark benchmark. The patch updates the SystemInfo module, reduces hardware monitoring overhead, hides the Product key on the Help tab by default, and contains bug fixes.
 

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3DMark has now updated with a Dx12 benchmark although you'll need a machine that is DX12 capable and running Windows Preview 10041:
Games make thousands of draw calls per frame, but each one creates performance-limiting overhead for the CPU. APIs with less overhead can handle more draw calls and produce richer visuals. The 3DMark API Overhead feature test is the world's first independent test for comparing the performance of DirectX 12, Mantle, and DirectX 11. See how many draw calls your PC can handle with each API before the frame rate drops below 30 fps.
http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/3dmark#api-overhead

Here's a screenshot of the bench using my set up:
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A bit late to the table but 3DMark was updated recently:

3DMark Windows v1.5.893
April 24, 2015

This is a minor update. Benchmark scores are unaffected.

Compatibility
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the API Overhead feature test to hang on Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10061.
Steam version only
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Steam Achievements from being unlocked.
https://www.futuremark.com/support/downloads
 

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3Dmark was recently updated (Apologies on the late posting of this):
What's new in 3DMark 2.0.2067
This is a major update that adds a redesigned UI for all editions and a preview of VRMark for Advanced and Professional Edition users.

New
  • 3DMark UI has been redesigned and rebuilt to be faster and more flexible.
  • Home screen recommends the best test for your PC based on your system details.
  • Run other benchmarks and feature tests from the Benchmarks screen.
  • Russian localization.
Improved
  • Each benchmark test can now be updated independently.
  • Ice Storm Extreme and Ice Storm Unlimited are unlocked in 3DMark Basic Edition.
VRMark preview
  • Explore two test scenes in a preview of VRMark, our new benchmark for VR systems. The preview does not produce a score.
  • The VRMark preview is not available in 3DMark Basic Edition or the Steam demo.
Fixed
  • Workaround for the AMD driver issue where the preview videos in the UI caused some AMD graphics cards to use low power mode and run at lower clock speeds.
  • SystemInfo module updated to 4.45 to fix a compatibility issue with Russian and Chinese language Windows.
  • Fixed the Unicode compatibility issue with Russian and Chinese language Windows.
  • Fixed the white screen issue when installing 3DMark under a NTFS Junction or Mount Point.
  • Fixed the missing button text issue affecting a small number of users.
Reference
 

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3DMark has updated to version 2.0.2530
What's new in 3DMark 2.0.2530
This is a major update that adds new Stress Tests for checking the stability of your PC.

New
  • Use the new Stress Tests to check the stability of your system after buying or building a new PC, upgrading your graphics card, or overclocking your GPU. Stress testing can help you identify faulty hardware or the need for better cooling. Stress Tests are not available in 3DMark Basic Edition or the Steam demo.
Improved
  • SystemInfo module updated to 4.46 for improved detection of new hardware.
  • Reintroduced the option to set up a Custom run using only the Demo.
Fixed
  • Fixed an issue that could cause 3DMark to fail to install test DLC files.
 

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Futuremarks new DX12 benchmark is now available in 3DMark version 2.1.2852

What's new in 3DMark 2.1.2852
This major update adds Time Spy, a new DirectX 12 benchmark test. With its pure DirectX 12 engine, which supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit linked multi-adapter, and multi-threading, 3DMark Time Spy is the ideal benchmark for testing the DirectX 12 performance of the latest graphics cards.

New
  • Added Time Spy Stress Test - a new dedicated Stress Test for high-performing PCs running on Windows 10.
    Time Spy Stress Test is not available in 3DMark Basic Edition or 3DMark Time Spy upgrade in Steam.
Fixed
  • Fixed an issue that could cause all Stress Test runs to end with 0% score.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent self-update from working (standalone version only). If you are running 3DMark 2.0.2724 or 2.0.2809 Advanced Edition, you need to download and install the full 2.1 installer to update.
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3DMark has updated to version 2.2.3509

3DMARK UPDATE DECEMBER 15, 2016
What's new in 3DMark 2.2.3509
This update fixes a GUI issue that resulted in marginally lower than expected scores when starting a test from the Benchmark Details screen in 3DMark versions 2.1.2852 and later. Benchmark runs started from the Home screen or the Command Line were not affected.

It is normal for 3DMark scores to vary by up to 3% between runs since there are factors in a modern, multitasking operating system that cannot be completely controlled.

With this update, overall scores are expected to increase by up to 0.3%. Scores from the Physics and CPU parts of benchmark tests may improve by up to 2.5%. Scores from this version of 3DMark are consistent with results from previous versions that did not have the GUI issue.

Apologies for not posting this update sooner.
 
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