Futuremark demos new, more taxing mobile 3D benchmark, PCMark for mobile

BARCELONA, Spain -- As a devout user of Futuremark's mobile 3D benchmark, 3DMark, it brought a smile to my face to see two new benchmark demoed at Mobile World Congress 2014. Each are coming later this year to Android, iOS, and Windows RT.

The first is a new workload for 3DMark, the company's mobile benchmark for testing a device's 3D graphics prowess. The second is a version of PCMark for mobile. Which is more of an overall system test.

The new 3DMark workload is coming in April, while the PCMark is currently slated to hit in June … Read more

3Dmark for Android separates performance champs from chumps

As a lifelong gamer, 3D performance (and by "3D" I mean polygonal, not stereoscopic) in tablets is something of particular interest to me. Over the last couple of years, I've watched mobile devices increase in performance, getting closer and closer to the capabilities of PCs and consoles. Judging by their performance histories, tablet and smartphone 3D performance is likely to exponentially increase over the next few years and we may soon be carrying around devices that are as powerful as an Xbox 360 (or more powerful) right in our pockets.

Futuremark's latest version of its long-running … Read more

3DMark for Android gaming ropes in tech giants

Acer, Intel, Qualcomm, and SingTel-Optus have joined Futuremark's "Benchmark Development Program" in order to create industrywide benchmarks for the gaming industry.

The to-be-launched 3D gaming benchmark is primarily concerned with games developed for Google's Android operating system, found on smartphones and tablets.

Input, opinions and expertise are gathered through the program, which will be used to create the industrywide standards that can measure and rate the performance of game titles and software packages.

Jukka Makinen, Futuremark CEO said:

For more than 10 years, we have worked with the world's leading PC hardware manufacturers to create … Read more

CNET desktop test methodology update

It's been too long since we last updated our How we test: Desktops page. We finally had a chance to document our recent additions this week. We haven't removed any of our old benchmarks, but if you click here you can read up on our new Photoshop CS5 test, as well as our Metro 2033 and 3DMark 11 3D tests. Riveting stuff, we assure you.