Benchmarks

One of the biggest announcements from Huawei this year is that of its new GPU Turbo technology. The claims that it could provide more performance at less power, without a hardware change gave us quite a bit of pause. Internally, more than a few raised eyebrows appeared. As part of our discussions with Huawei this year at IFA, as well as some pretesting, we actually now have a base understanding of the technology, as well as additional insight into some of the marketing tactics – not all of which are the most honest representations of the new feature.

Huawei & Honor's Recent Benchmarking Behaviour: A Cheating Headache

Does anyone remember our articles regarding unscrupulous benchmark behavior back in 2013? At the time we called the industry out on the fact that most vendors were increasing thermal...

81 by Andrei Frumusanu & Ian Cutress on 9/4/2018

Kishonti GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins: OpenGL & Vulkan Benchmark Hands-On

Today Kishonti have finally released their final update to GFXBench version 5.0. The update introduces the new Aztec Ruins scene in two complexity modes as well as OpenGL, Vulkan...

40 by Andrei Frumusanu on 8/24/2018

BAPCo Publishes SYSmark 2018

One of the bigger consortiums for developing benchmarks is BAPCo. Over the years the company has released a variety of benchmarking tools, such as MobileMark, TabletMark, and SYSmark. This...

7 by Ian Cutress on 8/17/2018

Basemark Releases New "Basemark GPU" Mobile and PC Benchmark

Today Basemark released a new cross-platform benchmark, aptly named Basemark GPU. The new benchmark is a result of what is claimed to be two and a half years of...

32 by Andrei Frumusanu on 6/20/2018

Meltdown & Spectre: Analyzing Performance Impacts on Intel's NUC7i7BNH

One of the consequences of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, besides the immediate security concerns, is what it has meant for our ongoing testing and benchmarking operations. Along with...

85 by Ganesh T S on 3/23/2018

Futuremark To Release VRMark Cyan Room on November 22: A DX12 VR Benchmark

This week, Futuremark announced that their new Cyan Room DX12 test will be released for VRMark next Wednesday (November 22). This comes around a year after VRMark’s original release...

2 by Nate Oh on 11/17/2017

A First Look at Futuremark’s New 3DMark Time Spy Extreme: DX12 Benchmark Now in 4K

This week, Futuremark unveiled Time Spy Extreme, a 4K version of the DX12 gaming benchmark released last July. Slotting into the 3DMark suite, Time Spy Extreme is available under...

16 by Nate Oh on 10/4/2017

Test Driving Futuremark's PCMark 10 Benchmark

​Futuremark is a well-respected provider of computer benchmark applications. Their PCMark and 3DMark benchmarks have been around for almost 20 years, and provide a good indication of the system...

18 by Ganesh T S on 6/5/2017

Basemark Releases VRScore, a VR & VR Headset Benchmark Suite for Windows

Back in 2015 as the development of the first generation of modern VR headsets was coming to a close, benchmark developer Basemark announced that they would be applying their...

5 by Ryan Smith on 1/30/2017

Evaluating Futuremark's Servermark VDI on the Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T

Standardized benchmarks with industry-wide acceptance are a must for evaluating computing systems. These benchmarks may evaluate the system as a whole, or target specific aspects. Vendors such as Futuremark...

17 by Ganesh T S on 9/1/2016

Futuremark Releases 3DMark Time Spy DirectX 12 Benchmark

Today Futuremark is pulling the covers off of their new Time Spy benchmark, which is being released today for all Windows editions of 3DMark. A showcase of sorts of...

75 by Daniel Williams on 7/14/2016

3DMark Adds VRMark Preview and an Updated UI

We now have the release of the high end consumer VR headsets behind us. That sets the stage for a (hopefully) steady flow of software to use with the...

4 by Daniel Williams on 4/7/2016

VRScore: Crytek and Basemark Announce New Benchmark Release

Virtual Reality has definitely been playing the slow and steady race for a while now. Thankfully, with the approach of consumer VR headsets going on sale, more of us...

5 by Daniel Williams on 3/15/2016

Behind The Scenes: Evaluating NAS Units with Solution-Based Benchmarks

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit a leading NAS vendor and provide some insights on how we evaluate NAS units. In particular, the talk dealt with the importance...

17 by Ganesh T S on 10/29/2015

Basemark & Crytek To Develop New VR Benchmark

After a very public development process over the last couple of years, this year we have seen the consumer release of virtual reality headsets become a matter of when...

8 by Ryan Smith on 8/6/2015

UL Acquires Futuremark, Expanding into Benchmarking Services

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...

14 by Jarred Walton on 11/7/2014

Benchmarked - Metro: Last Light Redux

Last month 4A Games released updated versions of the two earlier games in the Metro series, Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux. The games have both been...

29 by Jarred Walton on 10/2/2014

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

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