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Popular benchmark and performance test maker Futuremark today announced that their 3DMark product, "the world's most popular benchmark and PC test," will be getting an update that brings it to Windows, Windows, RT, Android, and iOS, allowing the tool to join the ranks of cross-platform benchmarkers like the popular GeekBench.

The new version of 3DMark, which is expected to hit "before the end of the year," will include three all-new tests designed to benchmark devices from smartphones all the way up to high-performance gaming PCs.

The trio of new tests, which increase in intensity, methods, and purpose, include Ice Storm (for mobile devices and "entry level hardware"), Cloud Gate (for Windows notebooks and typical PCs), and Fire Strike (for high-performance gaming hardware).

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For benchmarking fanatics, this is great news – a consistent, cross-platform benchmark from a company known for the quality and finish of their benchmarking tools will soon be upon us. For more information, check out FutureMark's press release, or the 3DMark product page, both linked below.

Source: BusinessWire, 3DMark

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  • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

    Well now I can find out whether my Nexus 4 will indeed be more powerful than my current Windows PC... :)

    • GraveUypo

      yeah i'm kinda curious if my galaxy s3 can actually compete with my (rather outdated) laptop. and how many hundreds times faster than it my desktop computer actually is.
      i'm assuming you can run the "ice storm" benchmark on both, of course

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    So they're making one, consistent benchmark for multiple classes of machine... by making three completely different tests each designed for a completely different class of machine?

    Somehow those concepts aren't jiving in my head...

    • PopeJamal

      "That's because you're not holding it the right way." -Steve Jobs

    • http://www.facebook.com/adam.weld Adam Weld

      Nah, the new consistent benchmark is Ice Storm, which is for iOS, Android, Windows RT/Mobile. Fire Strike is their standard high performance benchmark for Windows, and Cloud Gate is also just for Windows PCs, that can't run the highest end one.
      Anyway, the one that this article addresses, and that matters to mobile users, is Ice Storm.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        It's not very clear in the article, then, especially as the description of Ice Storm clearly states "For Android, iOS and Windows mobile devices" in the heading, and only mentions "ultra-portable or entry level PC" in its main description. So yes, technically it does say it'll run on anything, but it and the article don't do a good job of fleshing that out to mean we'll have comparable numbers across all platforms, since two of the tests don't apply. I would imagine at some point Ice Storm caps out to some degree, making it impossible to compare a higher-end computer.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      The way I see it:

      Ice Storm = Low powered ARM/x86 computers with an embedded GPU

      Cloud Gate = Mid range x86 computers with an embedded/discrete GPU

      Fire Strike = High range x86 computers with a discrete GPU.

      I put it that way because I want to see the Raspberry Pi get benchmarked, I love those things. XD

      Also it's worth mentioning that 3DMark isn't afraid of digital distribution as it was one of the first non-game software to be uploaded onto Steam.

  • Adrian

    So they're using OpenGL ES for iOS and Android for the Ice Storm benchmark, but then they use DX9 to test Windows PCs? Why not use OpenGL on the desktops to, so people can't directly compare EVERYTHING, including Macs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/larsgbnielsen Lars Gyrup Brink Nielsen

    "iPad (4th gen)"?

  • GazaIan

    I don't believe in a cross platform benchmark, sorry :(

  • przem997