News from February 2013

3DMark 11 version 1.0.4 released

February 28, 2013

3DMark 11 has been updated to version 1.0.4 and is now fully compatible with Windows 8. This update addresses compatibility issues and a few uncommon bugs. Benchmark scores are not affected and scores from this new version can be compared with scores from the previous version 3DMark 11 v1.0.3.

To get the update, download the 3DMark v1.0.4 installer from one of our partner mirror sites. If you are using the Steam version, 3DMark 11 will be updated automatically when you next restart the Steam client.

The major changes in 3DMark v1.0.4 include:


  • Keyboard focus is no longer checked during the demo or when running the benchmark in a loop. Note that if the display switches to the desktop due to a popup window during the benchmark, the run will still be aborted as the display mode is no longer the same.
  • 3DMark 11 now remembers the last custom resolution used.
  • GPU count detection for multi-GPU systems is now correct even when SystemInfo is explicitly disabled.
  • 3DMark 11 will now prevent Windows from entering Sleep during the test.
  • The license key is now reset when the benchmark is reinstalled, allowing removal of invalid keys.


  • SystemInfo updated to version 4.15 for full Windows 8 compatibility.
  • Updated DirectX redistributable.
  • Now using static Visual C++ 2010 runtime libraries to fix rare installation issues on some systems.
  • Removed dependency on EvaDotNet.dll and EvaDotNet.DirectX.dll for GPU enumeration to fix compatibility issues with some systems.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed display initialization code that caused "SetFullscreenState failed: DXGI_ERROR_NOT_CURRENTLY_AVAILABLE" errors on some systems.
  • Fixed several memory and texture leaks, improving stability during very long looping runs.
  • The HUD timer no longer rolls over if a single test takes more than ten minutes. (Yes, this could happen during the Combined Test on some low end DirectX 11 cards.

Professional Edition only

  • Fixed submitting saved files to from the command line.
  • Image Quality Tool no longer gives a cryptic error if the output directory does not exist.


If you experience any problems with this update, please let us know on our support page.

3DMark now available on Windows

February 4, 2013

It's finally here!

Get ready to put your PC through its paces as the Windows version of our new 3DMark is now available to download and buy.

What's new in 3DMark?

The new 3DMark includes everything you need to benchmark Windows 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. And it's no longer just for Windows. With 3DMark, you will be able to compare scores with Android, iOS and Windows RT devices too.

The Windows version of 3DMark is available now. New versions for Android, iOS and Windows RT will follow soon, pending testing and app store approvals.

Fire Strike - For high performance gaming PCs

3DMark interface screenshot

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 11 hardware.

Cloud Gate - For notebooks and home PCs

3DMark interface screenshot

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

3DMark interface screenshot

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.

3DMark Basic Edition

  • Includes all three tests: Ice Storm, Cloud Gate and Fire Strike.
  • View and manage results online.

Free download

Download 3DMark Basic Edition from Steam and our mirror partners.

3DMark Advanced Edition - $24.99

  • 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.
  • Automatically save your results offline.

Save 25% in the Futuremark store

If you own 3DMark 11 Advanced Edition you can get a 25% discount when you buy 3DMark Advanced Edition from the Futuremark store

Save 25% with Steam

3DMark is also available on Steam. For the first week only, you can save 25% when you buy 3DMark Advanced Edition from Steam.

Get 3DMark free with MSI

Look for specially marked MSI brand motherboards and video cards from MSI in stores and get 3DMark Advanced Edition free.

Get 3DMark free with Galaxy and KFA2

Look for specially marked Galaxy and KFA2 brand components in stores and get 3DMark Advanced Edition free.



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