News from July 2015

New 3DMark Sling Shot benchmarks for Android

July 27, 2015

3DMark Sling Shot Android benchmark for smartphones and tablets

Introducing 3DMark Sling Shot benchmarks for OpenGL ES 3.1 & ES 3.0

We released a major update for 3DMark today that adds new benchmark tests for compatible Android smartphones and tablets.

3DMark Sling Shot is an advanced 3D graphics benchmark for smartphones and tablets running Android 5.0 or later that support OpenGL ES 3.1 or ES 3.0. 

Run Sling Shot in OpenGL ES 3.1 mode to compare flagship Android devices from HTC, LG, OnePlus, Samsung, Sony, Xiaomi, and other leading manufacturers. Or choose OpenGL ES 3.0 mode to compare high-end Android devices with the latest iPhone and iPad models, (iOS version coming soon). 

Sling Shot tests the full range of OpenGL ES 3.1 and ES 3.0 API features including multiple render targets, instanced rendering, uniform buffers and transform feedback. The test also includes impressive volumetric lighting and post-processing effects - you've never seen graphics like this on smartphone before.  

When using ES 3.1, Sling Shot's Graphics tests are rendered at 2560 x 1440 then scaled to the device's display resolution. When using ES 3.0, the Graphics tests are rendered at 1920 x 1080 before scaling. In both cases, you can also choose to run the test "offscreen" using Unlimited mode.

For more details, we recommend reading our 3DMark Technical Guide, which explains exactly what's being measured and how the scores are calculated. 

Important note

If you use 3DMark to test Windows PCs, you'll notice that Sling Shot looks similar to Cloud Gate. To create Sling Shot, the assets and rendering techniques used in Cloud Gate were modified to make them suitable for mobile hardware. In broad terms, Sling Shot is a lighter test than Cloud Gate. Even though they share content, they are separate tests. Sling Shot scores from mobile devices should not be compared with Cloud Gate scores from Windows PCs.

What's new in 3DMark Android Edition v1.5.3263 


  • New Sling Shot benchmark for testing OpenGL ES 3.1 and OpenGL ES 3.0 performance of compatible devices running Android 5.0 or later.
  • New hardware monitoring chart shows how CPU clock frequency, CPU usage, temperature and battery charge changed while the benchmark was running.


  • 3DMark now recommends the best benchmark for your device.
  • Save storage space by installing only the benchmark tests you need.
  • Improved UI makes choosing benchmarks easier.
  • Russian localization.


  • Android TV support lets you benchmark set-top boxes and smart TVs.
  • Sling Shot now runs on ARM Mali GPUs. 

Note that this update completely replaces the standalone Sling Shot app released for limited testing in April. That app is no longer available from Google Play and should not be used for further testing since its scores are not comparable with this update.

Download 3DMark

3DMark is a free Android benchmark app available from Google Play.

Download 3DMark Android benchmark from Google Play

Peacekeeper support ends July 29

July 23, 2015

With the public release of Windows 10 less than a week away it's a good time for us to review our current line up. As a result, we have decided to move Peacekeeper, our browser benchmark, to our list of unsupported products. 

Peacekeeper is a universal browser benchmark for measuring JavaScript performance. More than seven and a half million people have tested their browsers and mobile devices with Peacekeeper since its release in 2009. But today, competition between browsers has largely shifted from speed to features. 

Modern browsers are typically fast enough on a wide range of hardware, and the differences in speed in everyday use are trivial. A browser's features, extensions, and memory use are now much more likely to be the deciding factors reducing the relevance of pure JavaScript performance benchmarks.

For future testing of Windows PCs, we recommend PCMark 8. And for Android smartphones and tablets, we recommend PCMark for Android. Both benchmarks include tests for measuring web browsing performance based on real-world activities instead of the narrow, synthetic workloads found in JavaScript benchmarks.

Even though Peacekeeper will be unsupported after July 29, you will still be able to use it and your saved results will continue to be available at

Changes to the availability of other benchmarks

With the launch of Windows 10 we will also be removing the Windows RT version of 3DMark from the Windows Store, and 3DMark Vantage will no longer be available to buy on Steam, though both of these benchmarks will continue to be supported. 3DMark Vantage will be available from our website, while 3DMark for Windows RT will be offered to enterprise and business customers on request.



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