Earlier this week, in something of an unexpected move, UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and Futuremark announced that UL had acquired the benchmarking company, signaling their expansion into the software development industry and benchmarking services. This might seem a bit of an odd fit at first, as UL is a large corporation that's more than a century old and they have a history of providing "safety science" – they certify, validate, test, inspect, audit, and advise consumers and businesses in matters of safety. Reading further into the announcement however clarifies things: "Embedded software is now an important part of product design. With an increased focus on mobility, we see more and more products being connected, making the Internet of Things a reality. Consequently, software quality is a...

3DMark Update Brings DX11 Sky Diver Benchmark

This afternoon Futuremark released an updated version of their 3DMark benchmark for PCs. The new release brings 3DMark to version 1.3.708 and includes a new benchmark for DX11 systems...

10 by Jarred Walton on 6/11/2014

PCMark 8 Basic and Advanced Editions Available

We’ve had a “preview” release of PCMark 8 for a few months now, but Futuremark was still working on a few minor issues it seems – plus the pending...

3 by Jarred Walton on 10/21/2013

Futuremark Updates PCMark 8 with Windows 8.1 Support

We’ve begun using PCMark 8 for some of our laptop reviews over the past few months, but this is honestly the rockiest launch we’ve ever seen from Futuremark. There...

2 by Jarred Walton on 10/10/2013

3DMark for Windows Launches; We Test It with Various Laptops

After a two-year hiatus, Futuremark is back with a new version of 3DMark, and in many ways this is their most ambitious version to date. Instead of the usual...

69 by Jarred Walton on 2/5/2013

Whither 3DMark—Updates on the Cross-Platform Launch

Early in December 2012, I posted a short article about the Fire Strike trailer for the next 3DMark with the note that the full release was promised before the...

15 by Jarred Walton on 1/23/2013

3DMark Fire Strike Trailer

This isn't major news, but I find the periodic updates to the 3DMark suite at least interesting if only to see what Futuremark is up to. They have released...

22 by Jarred Walton on 12/3/2012

3DMark 11 Updated

Futuremark just sent out an announcement stating that they’ve updated 3DMark 11 to version 1.0.3. The results are still compatible and comparable with the earlier versions, and this is...

1 by Jarred Walton on 12/14/2011

Futuremark Announces 3DMark for Windows 8

Windows 8 will bring with it a variety of changes—all of our Windows 8 coverage to date will give you the quick overview, but features such as the new...

2 by Jarred Walton on 11/14/2011

Futuremark Announces PCMark 7 for Windows 7

When 3DMark11 launched earlier this year, it seemed like the time was right for an update to PCMark Vantage as well. While we don't have an exact release date...

15 by Jarred Walton on 3/21/2011

Futuremark Announces 3DMark11: Gentlemen, Start your ORBgines!

Futuremark has announced the latest version of their popular benchmark software for gaming PCs, 3DMark11. New to 3DMark11 will be the ability to benchmark DirectX 11 capable hardware like...

10 by Balraj Sandhu on 5/25/2010

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