Though it was originally promised before the end of 2012, Futuremark has finally made good on its plans to bring a version of its highly popular graphics benchmark 3DMark to Android.

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The mobile version of 3DMark uses a demo known as 'Ice Storm' to stretch your GPU's legs to their respective limits, and is definitely rather impressive to watch. Testing on an Optimus G Pro with a Snapdragon 600 chipset, it's apparent that even the top-tier Adreno 320 GPU begins to struggle under the intense demands of Ice Storm, and not merely during wide-pan shots: intricate models, effects, and textures are used in the demo.

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3DMark is widely respected in the PC benchmarking space for GPU comparisons, and a mobile version was something of an inevitability, given the increasing capability of smartphone and tablet hardware. That said, heavy-lifting benchmarks like this one (especially when set to 'Extreme' mode) make it apparent that said hardware still has a long way to go before it matches up to PC or even current-gen console capabilities.

You won't find any Android games out there that match this demo visually, so it's worth taking a look at if only to see what - one day - your phone will be capable of rendering smoothly. Make sure you're on Wi-Fi when you head to the Play Store to grab it, though: the download is 280MB.


David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Andrew Ruffolo

    Says not compatible with note 2

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Says compatible with my Note II (on AT&T), but not compatible with Galaxy Nexus.


      • Andrew Ruffolo

        I got it to download on my galaxy nexus (VZW running eos rom), but it doesn't run the demo, it cancels right before finishing loading. I think it may be the kernel i"m running on the vzw note ii.

  • Greek_Ice

    Ran smooth on my N4, but I think I like the Epic Citadel demo more.

    • fixxmyhead

      dude stop lying i have a nexus 4 (stock rooted) and it was ok for the most part, can definitely see some stutter under the high graphics on extreme mode

      • GraveUypo

        people are weird. there's a dude in the review section that gave it one star because his note2 performed poorly. what?
        then there's people running at 1 fps that says it's smooth.

        • Simon Belmont

          It was smooth. A smooth slideshow.

          Hahaha. Yeah, I'm terrible.

        • nhizzat

          I was one of those people with a Note 2. It scored on par with the Rezound and Pantech Burst while the Nexus 4 scores nearly 3x higher. Makes total sense.

          • GraveUypo

            welcome to "mali 400 fucking sucks at processing geometry". it's not the benchmark's fault. my galaxy s3 got a awful score too compared to a nexus 4

      • Greek_Ice

        Thanks for that baseless acquisition of lying without knowing how my device is set up. Perhaps you should be running a custom ROM and kernel to see the results I experienced.

  • http://twitter.com/Erroneus Erroneus

    Just got a 11095 score on a Nexus 4 running stock firmware, that's alright.

  • Wilfredo Alarcon

    Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus: This item is not compatible with your device.

    • Justin Winker

      From the reviews on the Play Store, it's also not compatible with the VZW GNex. I used it on both of my Nexus devices (4, 10) and my Bionic, and it worked perfectly (well... it ran at least... the Bionic was not very pretty...).

      • SickoPsycho

        I had the option to download from the play store and I have the VZW galaxy nexus- I did not, in fact, download it because I wasnt on wifi but it would have let me. My Roms not stock, I'm running AOSPA so perhaps that has something to do with it...

    • Barton82

      Same thing with the international GSM one.

  • Cherokee4Life

    I downloaded over Mobile network! you want to know why?
    Because I have Sprint and have unlimited LTE :)

    also this ran like crap on my ASUS Infinity, TERRIBLE scores too, and apparently they had no info about the Infinity.

    • Matthew Fry

      I downloaded over mobile too! You know why? Because I have T-Mobile unlimited HSDPA+.

      • mgamerz

        I downloaded over mobile too! You know why? Because I have AT&T Tiered pl...
        God damnit.

  • iceman23

    Bring out the Tegra 4 with the 72-core GPU!!

    • Andrew Ruffolo

      For reference:

      the 640m-LE that didn't perform even as good as my 3 year old desktop 5440 has 384 cores. Not saying it won't perform better than the Snapdragon (cause I really don't know), just that its still behind when it comes to desktops.

      • Vaki

        you cant know we can only wait

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1254002230 Charles Frank

    And here come the custom drivers to cheat the benchmark....nvidia in 4...3...2...1...

  • GraveUypo

    okay i'll be the first
    numbers between parenthesis are the average for my device)

    International Galaxy S3:
    Icestorm extreme score: 2719 (2172)
    graphics score: 2262 (1804)
    Physics score: 9288 (8256)
    Graphics Test 1: 8.3 fps (6.6 fps)
    Graphics Test 2: 12 fps (9.9 fps)
    Physics test: 29.5fps (26.2fps)

    Icestorm non-extreme got a score of 3572 but im not going into detail on that one.

  • Shawn Suther

    Just what we all needed, a graphics "benchmark" to make us feel like shit about our devices.

  • Andrew Ruffolo

    Since I can't run this on my mobiles:

    Comparisons to a 3 year old pc:
    Chip: Core i7 860 1st gen 2.8ghz
    8GB RAM
    ATI Radeon HD 5440

    IceStorm: 82461
    Graphics Score: 127323
    Physics Score: 36925

    Cloudgate: 10709 (used for laptops/netbooks, not for mobile)
    Graphics: 15938
    Physics: 4985

    FireStrike: 1966 (For gaming rigs, ran so bad) :
    Graphics: 2065
    Physics: 7104
    Combined: 805

    • Andrew Ruffolo

      Newer Laptop (purchased in September)

      Chip: Core i7 3612-QM (Weird processor)
      8GB RAM
      NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M-LE (I should have gone with the 650 in retrospect)/Intel 4000

      IceStorm: 46926
      Graphics: 57415
      Physics: 28625

      CloudGate: 5745
      Graphics: 6534

      FireStrike: 815
      Physics: 6222
      Combined: 324

      • Jack

        You should OC it.

        My OCed GT 640M LE scored :

        FireStrike: 1428
        Physics: 3825
        Combined: 565

        On i7-3520M dual core.

    • GraveUypo

      funny how yours got a better score on icestorm but way worse on firestrike than mine. i got 3385 in that. and it's still awful slow.

      • Andrew Ruffolo

        I realized after it finished that I didn't have the current drivers. The scores all went up a tad, but nothing spectacular. There are many things that can inpact the scores and why one would score better and worse than comparable cards. Ram speed and amount, Clockspeed of gpu... concurrent things running. When I ran this on my laptop, windows asked me to switch to a less graphics intense interface... apparently it was so taxing on my laptop's gpu, that I think it started to overheat.

    • http://twitter.com/Kartik_N Kartik Nagarajan

      Did a run on my desktop as well:

      FX-8350 @ 4.0GHz, 6950 -> bios flashed to 6970

      IceStorm: 103479
      Graphics Score: 176487
      Physics Score: 42274

      Cloudgate: 16055
      Graphics: 31970
      Physics: 5855

      FireStrike: 3765:
      Graphics: 3998
      Physics: 7631
      Combined: 1714

  • Matthew Fry

    Running rooted stock SGH-T999 with Nova and I scored about 150 less than the average (4830 vs. 4991)

    • GraveUypo

      galaxy s3 is probably around a 1.8ghz pentium 4 with a geforce 4 ti4200 (if that card supported sm3). so, a gs3 was about 11 years behind high-end pcs when it was released.
      i think the nexus 4 closed the gap by a lot though. probably around 9 years behind.

      i have a laptop with a 1.83ghz pentium dual core + a hd3200m and that scores 14k points with the usual 40% overclock on the gpu. take that off and it's only as powerful as a nexus 4. the desktop gpu equivalent to that would be maybe a radeon 9800PRO.

      • ssj4Gogeta

        On the CPU side the Pentium Dual Core should still be much faster (I'm assuming it's Conroe or later as they only introduced that branding after that. If it's a Pentium D instead, which is basically 2 Prescotts if I remember, it won't be as fast, but possibly still faster than the Nexus 4).

        • GraveUypo

          per core, yes. but it's a dual core vs a quad core. they pretty much tie in the physics test since that is perfectly threaded. 30.4 fps on the gs3 and 36 fps on the pentium dual core.

  • Francois Roy

    HTC One X (Tegra3) = 3673
    LG Nexus 4 (S4 Pro) = 9301
    Samsung GTab 10.1 (Tegra2) = 1457

  • Matthew Fry
    • Ryan Stuckmaier

      The desktop version is 969.9 MB so I guess the 283 MB size for mobile isn't a huge surprise.

  • madmike318

    Tegra 2 overclocked to 1.4GHz scored 1,493 while my Razr Maxx HD scored a nice 3,444 @ 1.5GHz