Upcoming 3DMark delayed (again) - Launch not for January, maybe February

What earlier today was nothing more than a rumor in the HWBOT lobby has now been confirmed by several sources: Futuremark has delayed the launch of the new 3DMark benchmark to at least February. There are no details on the exact launch date, so given that the benchmark was originally slated for release in December 2012 we are cautious to say it's definitely going to air next month. In an earlier press release, Futuremark had already announced a delay until January.

3DMark is not the only benchmark that is seeing launch delays, however. The upcoming and brand new CatZilla was originally due in November last year, but has not been officially released yet. Well, at least you can actually experience the new benchmark using one of the betas!

Looks like we'll all have to wait a bit longer to ruin our graphics cards by as we push them too hard while attempting record-breaking overclocks.


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Canada Vinster says:

a trial/beta would be nice, but I wouldn't want to ruin the proper experience. but I am curious as to the reason of the delay.

Belgium Massman says:

"It's not ready" ?

Belgium Massman says:

Official response from Futuremark's CEO Oliver Baltuch to the delay:

In recent days I have had more than a few people ask me when we plan to release our new cross-platform 3DMark. I usually avoid this question since answering all but guarantees that there will be a change of plan later, but now does seem like a good time to give you an update. As you may know, we work with many of the world's leading technology companies when creating our benchmarks. We work closely with the engineers and technicians at AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and many other companies, benefiting from their insights and expertise. We work with our Benchmark Development Program partners from start to finish, from the initial specification document to the final software release. BPD members receive every development build and have access to source code to see how the benchmark functions. We believe that this open process of close cooperation with industry experts is the only way way to create accurate and impartial benchmarks that measure performance fairly. Having high-level access to the industry's leaders also ensures that our benchmarks are not only relevant for today's hardware, but remain relevant year after year. If there is a downside, it's that it takes time to gather and resolve the feedback from so many partners, and that is where we find ourselves today. I hope this helps you understand why I cannot confirm a launch date right now. Simply put, 3DMark will be ready when it's ready, which we expect will be sooner rather than later. What is certain is that the new 3DMark will be our best benchmark yet and well worth waiting for. You can find out more from our website: www.futuremark.com/3dmark I'll write to you again when I have more news to share, though feel free to contact me any time if you have questions that can't wait. P.S. If you are interested, you can see our full list of Benchmark Development Program partners here: http://www.futuremark.com/bdp
Ready when it's ready. It's 3DMark "Forever"!

GENiEBEN says:

Hey I just waited, and this is crazy, but here's my hardware, so launch, maybe?

Australia Jimba says:

GENiEBEN said: Hey I just waited, and this is crazy, but here's my hardware, so launch, maybe?


that is gold..someone should make a video out of it..:D

United Kingdom borandi says:

Now that 3DMark is on Steam, Futuremark are under the influence of Valve Time.

GENiEBEN says:

Jimba said: that is gold..someone should make a video out of it..:D


If I had a gold bar for everytime I heard this, I could probably buyout AMD and a pack of gum.

borandi said: Now that 3DMark is on Steam, Futuremark are under the influence of Valve Time.


Getting it accepted on 3(?) app stores probably ain't helping either.

zeropluszero says:

but most importantly, someone leak a beta to me so i have something to play with.

Christian Ney says:

What about no?

Belgium leeghoofd says:

"No" is not listed in the Australian dictionnary C :p

zeropluszero says:

well, was worth a shot lol.

Belgium Massman says:

zeropluszero said: but most importantly, someone leak a beta to me so i have something to play with.


Sure. I mean. No.

Seriously, I was excited for a while there but the combination of continuous "teasers" and delays is making me less and less interested. As someone put it the other day: "Futuremark is not launching a game, it's a benchmark utility. No one cares about teasers - people just want to see when it's ready".

Anyway, here is another teaser. This time to highlight the MSI logo in the benchmark. Since I have a rough idea of the cost of that, combined with the stream of delays, I'm not too impressed.


United Kingdom borandi says:

It was going to be 3DMark12, no? I wonder what the legal issues are just to change the name to 13.

Belgium Massman says:

Wasn't it 3DMark for Windows? :p:D

United States Gunslinger says:

I thought the youtube clip looked much better than Catzilla IMO.

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