Monday, February 4th 2013

Futuremark Unleashes New 3DMark Benchmark Suite for Windows

Futuremark released the newest installment to its 3DMark franchise. It's the first 3DMark to lack a version name, making it a "reboot" of sorts. For starters, the new 3DMark is a collection of three independent benchmark suites, each with its own demos, game tests, physics tests, and combined tests, and scoring.

Among the three suits are "Ice Storm," designed for tablets, mobile devices, and entry-level desktops, which needs nothing more than a DirectX 9.0c GPU to get going; "Cloud Gate," for notebook and home desktops, which needs a DirectX 10 feature-level GPU; and "Fire Strike," an over-the-top suite designed for today's gaming desktops, which can make even the fastest graphics cards sweat (for example, our GTX 680 in the screenshots below). The physics tests of each of these can benefit from having multiple cores and advanced instruction sets. TechPowerUp is a premier launch partner, hosting downloads on behalf of Futuremark. Grab yours below.

DOWNLOAD: 3DMark (2013)

The new 3DMark is available in various licensing options, a free version is for people to run the suites at default settings and view scores online; an advanced version that lets you view scores locally and compare scores online, and run tests with custom settings (for most gamers and enthusiasts); and a professional version for engineers, journalists, and reviewers, wanting to dissect each benchmark run, down to second-by-second details. 3DMark has its own data-logger that generates line graphs presenting multiple data points.

The new 3DMark is also the first cross-platform benchmark. Its Ice Storm suite is being ported to iOS, Android, and Windows RT, for people to bench graphics performance on a variety of new devices, making 3DMark the first major 3D graphics benchmark to set foot on the ARM platform. These versions will be released at a later date.
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58 Comments on Futuremark Unleashes New 3DMark Benchmark Suite for Windows

#1
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Quick note to CrossFireX users:
Quick update regarding CrossFireX scaling under Windows 8 - you can work around the scaling issue by checking the box for forcing on CrossFireX.
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#2
NeoXF
Needs a thorough hardware roundup benchmarking session. :D

So let me get this straight... with the Ice Storm benchmark, we can compare performance between ARM and x86 systems as well?
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#4
Steven B
1GB? Like that will be fun to move around to every new bench system lol.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: NeoXF
Needs a thorough hardware roundup benchmarking session. :D

So let me get this straight... with the Ice Storm benchmark, we can compare performance between ARM and x86 systems as well?
That's the idea.
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#10
T4C Fantasy
CPU & GPU DB Maintainer
by: DOM
what drivers are you using ? mine are 13.1 and are Not FM Approved :laugh:
13.2 beta 4
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#12
Kaynar
So it appears that AMD beats nVidia on this one, since i got 6632 score on fire strike with a normal 7970 card (13.2beta3 drivers) and an i7 930...

I liked that the maximum VRAM load was 1700MB but i hope their limitations where not set by nvidia's 2GB ram for top GPUs.

Also, the last Fire Strike combined test looks AMAZING, I hope we get to see games looking like that soon!
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T4C Fantasy
CPU & GPU DB Maintainer
by: Kaynar
So it appears that AMD beats nVidia on this one, since i got 6632 score on fire strike with a normal 7970 card and an i7 930...
yea and I got a 7700 on my 7970 reference card but oced to 1180
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#14
leopr
Firestrike Xtreme:



Firestrike Normal:

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#15
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: NeoXF
Needs a thorough hardware roundup benchmarking session. :D

So let me get this straight... with the Ice Storm benchmark, we can compare performance between ARM and x86 systems as well?
by: btarunr
That's the idea.
I really REALLY don't see the point in that.
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#16
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Frick
I really REALLY don't see the point in that.
x86 vs. ARM pillow-fights.
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#17
RejZoR
Time to make my PC sweat a bit again. Though i hate these space benchmarks. They are so lame.
I still remember jaw dropping 3DMark2000, 2001 and 2003 tests. The Nature tests were so amazing. It was also the first time to see pixel shader power even though 3DM2000 rendered amazing water ripples even without any pixel shaders. All the grass, leaves, trees and glittering water. Aaaaaaah. I miss that. And the Max Payne sequence. That was also pretty amazing.
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#18
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: btarunr
x86 vs. ARM pillow-fights.
Mm yes because Atoms are very benchmark worthy. Especially when it comes to gaming.

I mean I can get why but it's just so stupid.
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#20
DOM
seems its another cpu benchmark from 1050/1500 vs 1300/1950 not a big diffreance with the 3770k at stock clocks just on Fire Strike
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#21
natr0n
Every server hosting this is getting slammed at this moment.:eek:
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#22
rickss69
by: natr0n
Every server hosting this is getting slammed at this moment.:eek:
Yeah, took me 9 minutes from here lol!
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#24
DOM
by: lemonadesoda
I think we need a mirror here on TPU downloads!
its in the OP
by: btarunr
DOWNLOAD:3DMark (2013)
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#25
Sasqui
So who is creating a new compilation thread for this?
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