Upcoming 3DMark Postponed to January 2013

In an email directed to what I assume includes all the major media channels, Futuremark has informed us that the upcoming 3DMark for Windows is postponed until January 2013 - next month (or never if you think the world ends on December 21). Originally, the benchmark was supposed to launch early December, one year after the 3DMark11 launch which ironically was the also postponed date of the 3DMark11. 3DMark11 was originally planned for November 2011, in case you don't remember. Oh well, everything in the name of "benchmark quality" as Futuremark writes in the email.

The Android, iOS and Windows RT versions will apparently follow soon after, and I quote, "pending further testing and app store approval"s. Especially the latter could be an interesting challenge for iOS as Apple never really liked benchmarks comparing their products to competitors.

Anyway, here are some screenshots:


Belgium Massman says:

The new 3DMark logo is pretty cool though!


Belgium Massman says:

Fyi - the press fact sheet:

The new 3DMark includes everything you need to benchmark your hardware. With three all new tests you can bench everything from smartphones and tablets, to notebooks and home PCs, to the latest high-end, multi-GPU gaming desktops. And it's not just for Windows. With 3DMark you can compare your scores with Android and iOS devices too. It's the most powerful and flexible benchmark we've ever created. The latest version of the world's most popular benchmark is simply called 3DMark to reflect its all-round versatility. Not only is this 3DMark the first in the series to offer cross-platform comparisons, it is also the first to test different Direct3D feature levels within one application. Please avoid referring to this new version by any other name. CORRECT: 3DMark WRONG: 3DMark 12, 3DMark 2013, 3DMark for Windows Release date January, 2013 Windows Q1, 2013 Windows RT, Android, iOS Editions 3DMark will be available as a free Basic Edition on all platforms, a paid Advanced Edition with more options for the enthusiast, and a Professional Edition designed for business users. Compatibility - Windows: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows RT, DirectX 11 compatible GPU required to run all tests. - Android and iOS: To be confirmed. 3DMark benchmark tests 3DMark includes three different tests, each designed for a specific type of hardware ranging from mobile devices to high-performance gaming PCs. Each test gives its own score, which you can use to compare similar devices or systems. Unlike previous versions, there is no overall 3DMark score, only individual test scores. When testing devices or components, be sure to use the most appropriate test for the hardware's capabilities and report your results using the full name of the test, for example: CORRECT: "Video card scores 5,860 in 3DMark Cloud Gate benchmark" WRONG: "Video card scores 5,860 in 3DMark benchmark" Ice Storm Ice Storm is a cross-platform benchmark for mobile devices. Use it to test the performance of your smartphone, tablet, ultra-portable notebook or entry-level PC. Ice Storm includes two graphics tests focusing on GPU performance and a physics test targeting CPU performance. On Windows, Ice Storm uses a DirectX 11 engine limited to Direct3D feature level 9, making it the ideal modern benchmark for all DirectX 9 compatible devices. On Android and iOS, Ice Storm uses OpenGL ES 2.0. The test content, settings and rendering resolution are the same on all platforms and scores can be compared across Windows, Windows RT, Android and iOS. - Cross-platform benchmark for mobile devices. - Includes two graphics tests and a physics test. - Compare scores across Windows, Windows RT, Android and iOS. Cloud Gate Cloud Gate is a new test designed for Windows notebooks and typical home PCs. Cloud Gate includes two graphics tests and a physics test. The benchmark uses a DirectX 11 engine limited to Direct3D feature level 10 making it suitable for testing DirectX 10 compatible hardware. Cloud Gate will be available only in the Windows editions of 3DMark initially. - Designed for typical home PCs and notebooks. - DirectX 11 engine supporting DirectX 10 hardware. - Includes two graphics tests and a physics test. Fire Strike Fire Strike is our new showcase DirectX 11 benchmark for high-performance gaming PCs. It is our most ambitious and technical benchmark ever, featuring real-time graphics rendered with detail and complexity far beyond what is found in other benchmarks and games today. Using a multi-threaded DirectX 11 engine, Fire Strike includes two graphics tests, a physics test and a combined test designed to stress the CPU and GPU at the same time. 3DMark Advanced and Professional Editions include an additional Extreme preset for high-end systems with multiple GPUs. Fire Strike will be available only in the Windows editions of 3DMark initially. - Designed for high-performance gaming PCs. - Extreme preset for multi-GPU systems. - Stunning DirectX 11 showcase graphics. 3DMark for press use Futuremark benchmarks are used by hundreds of websites and magazines to provide in-depth performance reviews of the latest hardware. We happily support our friends in the press with testing advice, technical support and complimentary licenses. To join our press mailing list, or request licenses, email us at [email]press@futuremark.com[/email] including your full name, job title, publication, contact details and the country in which you are based. For anything else, contact [email]press@futuremark.com[/email] and tell us how we can help you. About Futuremark Futuremark® creates the world's most popular benchmarks and PC performance tests. Futuremark's industry standard 3DMark®, PCMark®, Powermark™ and Peacekeeper™ benchmark tests have helped millions of people measure, compare and improve the performance of their hardware and devices. Futuremark has offices in Saratoga, California, Taipei, Taiwan, and Helsinki, Finland.

fl3xtoR says:

Nice, waiting for output !

Australia Jimba says:

So will the new 3Dmark just be the firestorm benchmark then? How will be ranked on hwbot I wonder?

Indonesia Lucky_n00b says:

@ Massman :

So Pieter, which one of the benchmarks are going to get Global Points later in Hwbot? 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Preset I assume? :D

Belgium Massman says:

We'll apply the same principle as with Vantage and 11: see what the community thinks of the benchmark and figure things out from there. Nothing regarding points or rankings has been decided at this point. We don't even have tested the benchmark (officially) yet.

United States BeepBeep2 says:

So the naming scheme will now follow something more similar to Call of Duty, correct? In 2020, the benchmark will still be called "3DMark" (*Insert nasty weather situation here*)

GENiEBEN says:

BeepBeep2 said: So the naming scheme will now follow something more similar to Call of Duty, correct?

In 2020, the benchmark will still be called "3DMark" (*Insert nasty weather situation here*)

This forum needs +rep ^^


Belgium FunSkilZZ says:

cant wait :P

United States xxbassplayerxx says:

Hmmm... No overall score is an interesting curveball.

United States Splave says:


United States cowgut says:

Oh i so hope i can turn off all the features in the cp and still get a score(sic)

Romania poparamiro says:

Worst graphic every year, great. Even 2001 nature looks better.

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