News from December 2012

New 3DMark Cloud Gate Trailer

December 17, 2012

December 17, 2012

Anyone trying to choose a new PC this holiday faces a staggering choice of devices. With smartphones and tablets seeing explosive growth and Windows 8 introducing new hybrid form factors, there has never been a time when there were so many alternatives to the traditional tower PC. 

To help make sense of it all, we'll be starting the new year with the launch of 3DMark, our new cross-platform benchmark. 3DMark includes three different tests, each designed for a specific type of hardware ranging from mobile devices to high-performance gaming PCs.

While there are still a few working days left in 2012, we'd like to share a new teaser trailer with you. This video features a quick look at Cloud Gate, the new 3DMark benchmark test for DirectX 10 compatible notebooks and typical home PCs. 

Watch the new 3DMark Cloud Gate trailer and find out more about the new 3DMark.

Since this will be our last update before we break for Christmas, we'd like to thank everyone in our community for their continued support and enthusiasm this year. 

The new 3DMark will be ready in January. Until then, from everyone at Futuremark HQ, we wish you all the best for the holidays and a happy new year.

Discuss this update in our 3DMark forum.

3DMark Cloud Gate Screenshots

December 10, 2012

3DMark Cloud Gate screenshot

New 3DMark DirectX 10 Benchmark Test Revealed

Last week we released a trailer showing 3DMark Fire Strike, our new showcase DirectX 11 benchmark test for high-performance gaming PCs. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have such exotic hardware, however, so today we will be telling you about Cloud Gate, our new 3DMark benchmark test for DirectX 10 compatible hardware.

Cloud Gate

Cloud Gate, one of three new real-time benchmark tests in 3DMark, uses a DirectX 11 engine limited to Direct3D feature level 10_0, making it suitable for testing DirectX 10 compatible hardware such as notebooks and typical home PCs. It is also an ideal benchmark for entry-level integrated DirectX 11 hardware that may struggle to run the more demanding Fire Strike test. 

Cloud Gate includes two graphics tests focusing on GPU performance and a physics test to measure CPU performance. There is also an extended demo with sound for entertainment. Cloud Gate will be available only in the Windows versions of 3DMark initially.

See more screenshots

We've added eight new Cloud Gate screenshots to the 3DMark page to show you what the test will look like on your PC. Click on the thumbnail images to view the screenshots full size. 

Coming soon, but not this year

As final testing continues and we gather feedback from our Benchmark Development Program partners, it is now looking certain that we will not be able to release 3DMark in 2012. Benchmark quality is our number one priority so we are now aiming for a Windows launch in January 2013. The Android, iOS and Windows RT versions will follow soon after, pending further testing and app store approvals. 

Check back regularly for the latest 3DMark news, discuss this update in our 3DMark forum or follow Futuremark on Facebook.

New 3DMark Fire Strike Trailer

December 3, 2012

The Future of DirectX 11 Gaming

A couple of weeks ago, we broke the news that for the first time, 3DMark would coming to new platforms including Android, iOS and Windows RT. The new 3DMark will be a true cross-platform benchmark able to compare scores from different devices running different operating systems.

Even with the latest advances, however, mobile hardware is still only capable of delivering a fraction of the power of a modern desktop PC. Creating a benchmark for smartphones and tablets necessarily means aiming at the low end of performance. That doesn't mean we have forgotten about the hardcore PC gamer, so in today's update we are focusing on high end performance.

For more than 14 years, 3DMark has lead the way in advanced real-time rendering, pushing your PC beyond what you thought was possible. The new 3DMark will continue that tradition with a new test called Fire Strike.

Fire Strike

Fire Strike, one of three tests in 3DMark, is our new showcase benchmark test for DirectX 11 compatible hardware. Designed for high-performance gaming PCs, Fire Strike includes two graphics tests, a physics test and a combined test that stresses both the CPU and GPU at the same time. There is also an extended demo with sound for your entertainment. Our new trailer shows just a short segment, the full Fire Strike demo is close to three minutes long!

Tech talk

3DMark is all about pushing technology as far as it will go to show you what the games of tomorrow might look like. Rendered in real-time, Fire Strike is our most technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what is found in games and other benchmarks today. 

Fire Strike uses effects that are extremely demanding on today's hardware, but which are likely to be commonplace in games in two to three years time. Some of the techniques used in our new video include tessellation, dynamic particle illumination and shadowing, smoke simulation using grid-based fluid dynamics, volume ray casting with shadows and a wide variety of post processing effects including depth of field, blooms, distortions and various lens effects.

With all this tech talk, it should come as no surprise that Fire Strike will only be available in the Windows version of 3DMark initially.  

3DMark - one benchmark for all your hardware and devices

The new 3DMark includes everything you need to benchmark your hardware. With three all new tests you can bench everything from smartphones and tablets, to notebooks and home PCs, to the latest high-end, multi-GPU gaming desktops. And it's not just for Windows. With 3DMark you can compare your scores with Android and iOS devices too.  3DMark is the cross-platform benchmark for all your Windows, Windows RT, Android and iOS devices.

3DMark is in final testing and we expect to release it before the end of the year. Watch the 3DMark Fire Strike trailer and check out two new screenshots, check back regularly for the latest 3DMark news, discuss this update in our 3DMark forum or follow Futuremark on Facebook.



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