New 3DMark released for Windows

After a lengthy delay, the next version of 3DMark is finally out for Windows. Folks eager to make their PCs sweat can download it here from Futuremark’s website. The benchmark is available in three flavors: a free Basic Edition, a more flexible Advanced Edition priced at $24.95, and an outrageously priced ($995) Professional Edition that’s "licensed for business use" and supports "command line automation," among other features.

Part of the appeal of the new 3DMark is cross-platform support. That’s not on the menu quite yet, though. Right now, only the x86 Windows version is available; Windows RT, iOS, and Android releases are scheduled to follow "soon." Futuremark said on that topic last Thursday, "We are aiming for a short gap between releases, think weeks rather than months."

Well, there’s plenty to keep geeks busy for now, in any case. There are new benchmark scenes with state-of-the-art eye candy (supporting DirectX 9, 10, and 11 hardware), plus an interactive graphing feature that plots frames per second, CPU power and speed, and CPU and GPU temperatures over time. Too bad there doesn’t seem to be any support for tracking frame latencies.

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    • DeadOfKnight
    • 7 years ago

    I want to see 3DMark running on game consoles.

    • Krogoth
    • 7 years ago

    People still pay for tech demos that do nothing but pump out silly epenis scores?

    I’m surprised that Futuremark is still floating.

    • provoko
    • 7 years ago

    LOL @ $24.95

    Just play any game running FRAPS.

    • Meadows
    • 7 years ago

    Remember kids, Ice Storm is the tablet benchmark, Cloud Gate is the notebook or “home PC” benchmark, and Fire Strike is the actual gaming PC benchmark.

    [b<]You do not need to run all benchmarks.[/b<] You can get 200,000 points in Ice Storm and it will mean nothing if Fire Strike still runs with 9 fps.

      • Firestarter
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]You do not need to run all benchmarks.[/quote<] Only if you pay for that privilege. Us plebs who don't spend a dime on silly graphical demos with numbers attached can only run all benchmarks AND demos.

        • Meadows
        • 7 years ago

        Well that’s uncomfortable. Regardless, all scores are meaningless except the last one you get.

          • Firestarter
          • 7 years ago

          > except the last one

          Yup, and to pay for your insolence you have to suffer through all the rest of it unless you pay up!

    • tootercomputer
    • 7 years ago

    I finally downloaded from Major Geeks (go to this page a wait a few seconds, the file will appear for download (don’t hit the download for a free scan):

    [url<]http://majorgeeks.com/downloadget.php?id=8126&file=15&evp=e3dfd361a19cccf826e5921a4613661e[/url<] This is a terrific 3dMark, great eye candy. Best 3dMark in quite a while IMHO.

    • anotherengineer
    • 7 years ago

    So does windows include 98se? I want to bench this ati rage pro IIc AGP 1x with 4 MB of ram

    • Meadows
    • 7 years ago

    That’s the kind of sparks Hawken should’ve gotten.

    • vargis14
    • 7 years ago

    Well i downloaded the free version and benched my 560ti SLI @ 950core 2400mem and 2600k cpu @ 4.4ghz.

    1st off it ran of only 1 gpu..second firestorm super stressful, Very choppy and very hard to see any detail of the fight @ maybe 10fps average. Some thing tells me firestorm xtreem is going to run slow on any single video card since I ran the basic firestorm and it crippled a single 560ti.

    Also it did not give me a score.

    Anyone else try it with more powerful GPUs?

      • thecoldanddarkone
      • 7 years ago

      Yea I just ran the basic test. Fire Strike was, brutal. Like stab the heart brutal. i7 3820 @ 4.3/ gtx 560 ti stock (comparable with yours in single card config)

      Icestorm
      128673
      Graphics Score
      210183
      Physics Score
      54585

      Cloud Gate
      16886
      Graphics Score
      25445
      Physics Score
      7756

      Fire Strike
      2928
      Graphics Score
      3136
      Physics Score
      10874
      Combined Score
      1129

        • Firestarter
        • 7 years ago

        I guess Fire Strike is very heavy on the GPU. My 2500K at 4.3 and 7950 at 1100/1600 got this in Fire Strike:

        3DMark Score 6972
        3DMarks Graphics Score 8035
        Physics Score 7860
        Combined Score 3226

      • geekl33tgamer
      • 7 years ago

      Fire Strike didn’t complete for me (I got no score neither)…

      I downloaded the free copy and watched. The first set of game benches were 800+ FPS (!), the 2nd game was hovering over 170 FPS most of the time. Last one = Slideshow (a very pretty one!) at 1-4 FPS only. I don’t regard my rig as exactly “low end” neither?

      Still laughed that it crashed and invoked AMD’s VPU Recovery mode. Oopsie.

      (Specs: ‘Dozer FX-8150 @4.4Ghz, 16GB DDR3 1866, 2 x MSI Radeon 6950 2GB, X-Fire Enabled)

        • jihadjoe
        • 7 years ago

        The first two games are very CPU limited, then the last game is very GPU limited.
        Here’s my Q6600 @ 3.0 + GTX670
        [url<]http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/99079[/url<] Ice Storm: Score: 86665 Graphics Score: 131428 Physics Score: 39536 Cloud Gate: Score: 11642 Graphics Score: 44353 Physics Score: 3251 Fire Strike: Score: 5329 Graphics Score: 6487 Physics Score: 4812 Combined Score: 2449

    • bfar
    • 7 years ago

    Some pretty tech demos, and always a fun challenge for extreme overclocker types who like to show off their latest scores.

    I’m not sure how much practical use it is really though. Maybe if they’ve improved the ORB reporting tools? That could be a very useful database if only they made it a little easier to get the information out of it. The asking price is a little steep; I’d pay a fiver or not at all.

      • Prestige Worldwide
      • 7 years ago

      Completely agree. 3dmark is useless to me in practical terms. All I care about is how well my rig performs in the games I’ll actually play, and I look to TR and other websites who detail such practical data in their reviews.

      • Sam125
      • 7 years ago

      Overclocking got to the point where 3DMark scores were becoming pretty ridiculous due to the nature of the machines being built. I remember one rig being overclocked and cooled with liquid helium which lasted only long enough for one pass of 3DMark before boiling away. Legitimate? Yes. Realistic? No.

    • uni-mitation
    • 7 years ago

    Enthusiast is defined as someone with an ardent zeal for a particular pursuit.

    This is a site for hardware enthusiasts, fair enough. Who in their right mind would pay for a benchmark program?? Do we have some people that are so desperate and low in self-esteem that they would actually pay for this?? lol

    I just couldn’t resist.

    • tootercomputer
    • 7 years ago

    I totally hate the games they play in these downloads. It takes about five clicks to finally find the right download and not download a totally different program. I know these folks need to advertise, but it’s still a lot of BS.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      Look again, it seems you just did a web virus scan! Ha-haw! Try again.

      • Firestarter
      • 7 years ago

      You can download it through steam, much better bandwidth than all the other options, too. I tried downloading it yesterday but non of the ad-ridden download sites where you had to look very carefully not to click the wrong button had more than 500kb/s to offer (and Steam didn’t work). Tried again today with Steam and got it quick like.

        • Chrispy_
        • 7 years ago

        You can never remove it from your Steam library and mine is already way too cluttered.

        Sorting, groupings and “favourites” aren’t synced proplerly between machines all using the same Steam account so that’s a bit of an arse as well.

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 7 years ago

          3DMark installs under the “Software” tab instead of the “Games” tab in your Steam library. How many “Software” titles do you have through Steam?

    • Prion
    • 7 years ago

    I still can’t stop laughing at this: [url<]http://steamcommunity.com/stats/3DMark/achievements[/url<]

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      I actually LOL’ed.

      • Meadows
      • 7 years ago

      Cool! Finally we can play 3DMark!

      • mganai
      • 7 years ago

      Finally! An excuse for an Extreme processor. 😛

      • Firestarter
      • 7 years ago

      I got BRAWN! Apparently, an HD7950 is too much GPU for a 2500K to handle.

        • geekl33tgamer
        • 7 years ago

        Heh, and 2 6950’s are *apparently* too much for an FX-8150* too…

        (No one say ANYTHING)… 😉

        *Think I might change my processor, ngl…

          • Meadows
          • 7 years ago

          I’m seriously considering an FX-8350 as we speak, and I keep having to tell myself to wait more because a new (even better) stepping is on the way.

          I will probably break by March if we don’t get an update on the next stepping by then.

      • Krogoth
      • 7 years ago

      /sisko_facepalm.gif

    • bitcat70
    • 7 years ago

    Hah! If it had frame latency tracking it would be a first!

      • Bensam123
      • 7 years ago

      How helpful would variance be if the demos are running at 6-9fps? How much meaning would it have in a experience players can’t even control?

      I don’t think the purpose of benchmarks like this are to offer a clean playing experience as you don’t play them. It’s simply made to test the bandwidth of your hardware. That’s probably why they offer scores instead of average FPS as well. For all we know it could be taking into account frame latency.

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