New 3DMark Finally Released

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Bang on target, today saw the release of the latest version of Futuremark’s benchmarking suite. After a series of delays and dismays the company finally set the launch date of February 4 last week.

While the previous editions came with version numbers, this revision is drops the notion and is simply called 3DMark — probably to emphasize the fact that this latest update is available for multiple platforms like Android, iOS and Windows RT, along with the traditional vanilla for Windows.

Although Futuremark has billed this as a cross platform benchmarking tool, all other versions for mobile platforms are slated for release at a later date (sometime in the first quarter of 2013, not that far away).

Once released, users will finally be able to test and compare results from all supported devices.

The mobile platforms will only feature the Ice Storm test that is also included in the flagship Windows version (along with two more, Cloud Gate and Fire Strike). This is unsurprising considering the traditional Window version is typically aimed at home and gaming PCs and notebooks. Take a look:

Each test is designed for different levels of computing prowess in mind, as you can see from the recommend specifications for the Windows version:

  • OS: Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • CPU: 1.8 GHz dual-core Intel or AMD CPU
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Graphics: 3DMark Ice Storm requires 128 MB video card memory, Cloud Gate requires 256 MB video card memory, Fire Strike requires 1.5 GB video card memory, and Fire Strike Extreme requires 1.5 GB.
  • HDD: 3 GB free disk space

The free version of the benchmark is available from the official website, which gives the ability to run all three demos and compare the results with other PCs online.

Two additional versions are available, the Advanced Edition for $24.99 and a Professional Edition that retails for an eye-watering $995. You can check out all the juice details of what each version does at the link above.

One thing that is missing from all this hoopla is a version of Windows Phone, which is not even on the radar at the moment — a tad surprising considering the traction Microsoft’s mobile platform has recently been gaining and the plethora of smartphones that are set to be powered by it.

We will keep you updated as the release date for Windows RT (and other versions) approaches.

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