News from May 2013

Announcing PCMark 8

May 20, 2013 - Default

You might not be surprised to learn that we have been working on a new version of PCMark. But what may surprise you are the new tests in the latest version of our popular PC benchmarking tool.

Battery life testing

For the first time in the series, PCMark 8 will combine performance testing with battery life measurement. You can estimate battery use from each benchmark test or use Battery Life mode to loop a test until the battery is almost empty for more accurate results. 

New Adobe and Microsoft application tests

PCMark benchmark tests are based on common use scenarios such as browsing the web, photo editing, video chat, writing and gaming. PCMark 8 takes this one step further by including additional benchmark tests based on popular productivity and creativity applications from Adobe and Microsoft.

Developed with industry expertise

PCMark 8 has been developed in partnership with the members of our Benchmark Development Program. PCMark BDP members include Acer, AMD, Condusiv Technologies, Dell, HGST, HP, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Samsung, SanDisk, Seagate and Western Digital.

We believe that this open process of close cooperation with industry experts is the only way to create accurate and impartial benchmarks that measure performance fairly. Having high-level access to the industry's leaders also ensures that our benchmarks are not only relevant for today's hardware, but remain relevant year after year.

The complete benchmark for Windows

Whether you are looking for long battery life, maximum power, for the home or at the office, PCMark 8 will help you find the devices that offer the perfect combination of efficiency and performance for your needs.

PCMark 8 will be available in several editions ranging from a free to download Basic Edition to a fully-featured Professional Edition designed for device manufacturers, businesses and the press.

PCMark 8 is in the final stages of development with a public release expected towards the end of Q2. For now, you can find out more on our new PCMark 8 page.

3DMark update fixes issues with multiple GPUs

May 6, 2013

We know that many of you have been waiting a long time for this, and that's why we are both happy and relieved to announce that...

3DMark now works correctly on systems with multiple GPUs

That one short line in the release notes really doesn't do justice to the staggering amount of work taken to get to this point. What we initially thought was a minor driver issue turned out to be far more complicated.

For the last few months our programmers have been poring over every line of engine code trying to understand why 3DMark was not returning accurate results from systems with three or four GPUs. It has been slow, frustrating work and we are truly sorry that it has taken so long.

The good news is that with this update 3DMark is now ready for extreme overclockers to really push the limits of performance. Over the next few days we expect to see lots of changes at the top of our Hall of Fame list of the world's best 3DMark scores, so check out what's new, download the update and then get benchmarking!

What's New in 3DMark v1.1.0 for Windows

This update adds the Ice Storm Extreme test and fixes issues when testing systems with multiple GPUs. 3DMark scores will increase slightly on systems with two GPUs and significantly on systems with three or four GPUs.


The Ice Storm Extreme benchmark test has been added to 3DMark Advanced Edition. Ice Storm Extreme is a Direct3D feature level 9 benchmark test for Windows tablets, ultrabooks and notebooks. Ice Storm Extreme raises the rendering resolution from 720p to 1080p and uses higher quality textures and post-processing effects in the graphics tests to create a more demanding load for the latest mobile devices. You can compare Ice Storm and Ice Storm Extreme scores from Windows and Android devices.


  • 3DMark now works correctly on systems with up to four GPUs.
  • Fixed the issue caused by Windows update KB2670838, which added partial DX11.1 support to Windows 7.
  • Fixed a problem with the bloom post-processing when using very high rendering resolutions in custom settings.

Download 3DMark v1.1.0

3DMark v1.1.0 is now available to download from many of our mirror partners. People with the Steam edition will get the update automatically.

3DMark Android Edition v1.0.2

May 2, 2013

An update for 3DMark Android Edition is now available from the Google Play store. While most of the changes in this update are minor optimizations and small bug fixes, there is one change to the Ice Storm Extreme test that is worth explaining in detail.

There are three tests in 3DMark Ice Storm and Ice Storm Extreme: Graphics test 1, Graphics test 2, and the Physics test. 

The two graphics tests are designed to measure GPU performance. You can use the Graphics score to compare GPUs between different devices. The Physics test is designed to measure CPU performance and you can use the Physics score to compare CPUs across mobile devices.

Ice Storm Extreme raises the rendering resolution from 720p to 1080p and, while this is fine for the graphics tests, we have noticed that the additional rendering load can affect the Physics test score on devices with low-end GPUs. 

With this update, the Ice Storm Extreme Physics test now runs at 720p to ensure the result is not influenced by the GPU. Ice Storm Extreme scores may improve slightly on devices with low-end GPUs. Score are unaffected on the majority of high-end devices.

As a rule of thumb, Ice Storm Extreme is the better test for devices that can run the standard Ice Storm benchmark at more than 40 frames per second.

What's new in 3DMark Android Edition v1.0.2-1109


  • Added chipset model to device detail pages.


  • Ice Storm Extreme Physics test for measuring CPU performance now runs at 720p to ensure the result is not influenced by the GPU. Ice Storm Extreme scores may improve slightly on devices with low-end GPUs.


  • Faster image loading in the Device Channel.
  • Better score bar scaling in search result lists.
  • Reduced app size to 149 MB.


  • Automatically skip demo on devices with TI OMAP 44xx chipset to avoid a memory-related crash. There will be some visual corruption during the Physics test however this does not affect the score and you will now be able to complete all the tests on these devices.
  • Automatically skip demo if the device runs out of memory during the demo, typically on devices with 512 MB of memory. The recommended minimum device memory for 3DMark is 1 GB (1024 MB).


  • Fixed a bug that prevented your best score being shown as your Highest Score.
  • My Device now shows the Android OS version installed on the current device. Device Channel detail pages show the Android OS version shipped with the model.

Test your Android device with 3DMark

3DMark is a free Android benchmark app available worldwide for more than 1,000 compatible Android smartphones and tablets.

3DMark Android benchmark test app on Google Play

3DMark is also available for Windows PCs and is coming soon to Apple iOS and Windows RT devices.



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