Today Futuremark released a new version of its popular 3DMark benchmarking software, which has been part of the standard Hardware.Info tests since the first version appeared in 1999. Futuremark seems to be taking a cue from Apple with the name this time around. Just like the replacement of the iPad and iPad 2 was called just plain 'iPad', the successor to 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark11 is called simply '3DMark'. We took advantage of the new release to test a large number of graphics cards with the new benchmarks, no less than a total of 52 Nvidia and AMD cards. And if that wasn't exciting enough, if you use the new 3DMark software on your own system, you can win a number of prizes. We have five copies of 3DMark Advanced and 15 copies of Assassins Creed 3 that are looking for new owners, courtesy of Futuremark and MSI. Scroll down to the end of this article for the details.
3DMark has always been a great tool for testing high-end graphics cards, but it has even more to offer now. For the first time 3DMark is not a Windows-only benchmark any longer. Now it's possible to also test Windows RT, Apple iOS and Google Android devices, which makes 3DMark the first true cross-platform tool for measuring and comparing 3D performance.
The Windows RT, iOS and Android versions of the new 3DMark aren't available yet, but the Windows one is. We eagerly submitted a number of current and older graphics cards to the new benchmark, so you can find out right away what types of scores to expect.
We will be using 3DMark for more and more product groups the coming months. At first it will be limited to 3D chips and graphics cards, but soon the benchark will be applied to PC systems, laptops, tablets and smartphones.