Community Announcements - FM_James
This is a minor update to fix problems reported by some users. Benchmark scores are not affected with one exception - see the section about Fire Strike Custom runs below for details.

3DMark Windows v2.1.2973

Improved
  • SystemInfo module updated to 4.48 for improved compatibility with the latest hardware.
  • The video RAM check that warns if your system may not be able to run a test now accepts extra main RAM beyond the minimum requirement as VRAM for integrated graphics.
  • We've added a DETAILS button to the panel for the Recommended test on the Benchmarks screen to make it easier to find more information and the settings for the test. This is also where you find the option to enable or disable the demo for each test.
Fixed Fire Strike Custom run settings

Unfortunately, the previous version (3DMark v2.1.2852) used an incorrect setting for Fire Strike Custom runs that resulted in slightly lower than expected scores. Fire Strike Custom run results from the previous version should not be compared with this latest version nor with any other version of 3DMark. The standard Fire Strike benchmark run was not affected, nor were Fire Strike Extreme and Fire Strike Ultra.
  • Restored the control for volumetric illumination sample count setting on the Fire Strike Custom run screen, which was missing in the previous version.
  • Fixed the default value for volumetric illumination sample count for Fire Strike Custom runs. In 3DMark v2.1.2852, Fire Strike Custom run used an incorrect default setting value of 1.5. This has been reverted to 1.0, which is the correct value for the test.
Other fixes
  • Fixed a problem that could cause 3DMark to appear to be still running in the Steam client after exiting, which then blocked Steam from closing.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Sky Diver from starting on 32-bit Windows.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Time Spy to crash when scaling mode was set to Stretched.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented DLCs from installing into a custom Steam library folder when the folder name included a space.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause result parsing to fail on complex systems with lots of devices due to the unusually large data set generated by the SystemInfo scan.
Known Issues
  • Time Spy fails to run on multi-GPU systems with Windows 10 build 10240, but this is not the fault of the benchmark. You must upgrade Windows 10 to build 10586 (“November Update”) or later to enable multi-GPU configurations to work.

Updated August 19, 2016
We have released a second, minor update to bring the Steam version number in line with the standalone version. There were no other changes in this update other than the version number.
Community Announcements - FM_Jarnis
This patch corrects minor UI issues and fixes a settings problem with Fire Strike Custom test from the UI. Due to this issue, scores of v2.1.2852 Fire Strike Custom test from the UI should not be compared with any other version. All other tests and scores are unchanged.

3DMark Windows v2.1.2969

Improved
  • SystemInfo module updated to 4.48 for improved compatibility with the latest hardware.
  • Video RAM checks designed to warn you if your system may not be able to run a specific test now accept extra main RAM beyond the minimum requirement as VRAM for Integrated Graphics.
  • Recommended test on the Benchmarks tab now has “details” button to clearly show where you can find more information and all the settings for the test. Perhaps everyone can now find the “Enable/Disable Demo” setting in Advanced Edition easier.
Fixed
  • Fixed an issue with the Custom tab of Fire Strike missing the volumetric illumination sample count setting.
  • Fixed an incorrect default setting for Fire Strike Custom test. In v2.1.2852, Fire Strike Custom had an incorrect default volumetric illumination sample count setting of 1.5. This is now reverted back to 1.0 which is the correct value for this test.
This settings issue applies only to Fire Strike and resulted with Custom graphics test scores that were slightly lower than they should be. Fire Strike Extreme and Ultra had the correct default setting of 1.5. Command line version (Professional Edition Only) was unaffected by this issue as command line definitions contained the correct settings. Default non-custom runs were unaffected.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Sky Diver test from starting on 32bit Windows.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the result parsing to fail after completing a test run on a very “complex” system with lots of devices due to an unusually large SystemInfo scan data set.
  • Fixed an issue with Time Spy crashing when scaling mode is set to Stretched.
  • Fixed a problem that could leave a Java process running after exiting 3DMark and cause 3DMark to appear to be still running on Steam client, blocking Steam from closing.
  • Fixed DLC installation issue in Steam version that could prevent DLCs from installing into a custom Steam library folder that included a space in the folder name.
Known Issues
  • Time Spy on a multi-GPU system fails to run on Windows 10 build 10240. This is not a benchmark bug. Upgrade Windows 10 to build 10586 (“November Update”) or later to allow multi-GPU configurations to work.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

The most essential item for PC gaming is not a mouse, nor a keyboard, nor even a PC. Without a sweet forum signature proudly declaring your 3DMark [official site] scores, you may as well give up and play Monopoly. I’m sure you’ll be both overjoyed and anxious to hear that 3DMark devs Futuremark have expanded the graphics benchmark with a new test stressing DirectX 12 performance. How powerful is your PC – your box, your rig, your beast, your beefy big boy, your cyberhog, your chip-slapped datajack, your silicon-snorting framecrusher – and has anyone noticed your sig still lists old scores?

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Community Announcements - FM_James


Benchmark the DirectX 12 performance of your PC today with 3DMark Time Spy

We're excited to announce that 3DMark Time Spy - our new DirectX 12 benchmark test - has been released on Steam. Time Spy is available now as a free update for all Windows editions of 3DMark, including the Steam demo.



Developed with input from AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and the other members of our Benchmark Development Program, 3DMark Time Spy is one of the first DirectX 12 apps to be built "the right way" from the ground up to fully realize the performance gains that the new API offers.



DirectX 12, introduced with Windows 10, is a low-level graphics API that reduces processor overhead. With less overhead and better utilization of modern GPU hardware, a DirectX 12 game engine can draw more objects, textures and effects to the screen.



With its pure DirectX 12 engine, which supports new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading, 3DMark Time Spy is the ideal benchmark for testing the DirectX 12 performance of the latest graphics cards.



Start benchmarking with Time Spy

If you have the 3DMark demo, just download the latest version to get the Time Spy update.

If you bought 3DMark on Steam before July 14, 2016, download the latest version to get the Time Spy update or you can add it to 3DMark from the 3DMark Time Spy benchmark DLC page. The optional Time Spy upgrade unlocks additional features including Time Spy custom benchmark settings, the Time Spy Stress Test, and the ability to skip the Time Spy demo.

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On July 23, the price of 3DMark will increase from $24.99 to $29.99. Until then, we have a special launch promotion offering 60% off the normal price.

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3DMark now includes the new Time Spy DX12 Benchmark! Time Spy is a DirectX 12 benchmark test for gaming PCs running Windows 10. With its pure DirectX 12 engine, built from the ground up to support new API features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading, Time Spy is the ideal benchmark for testing the DirectX 12 performance of the latest graphics cards.

*Offer ends Saturday July 23rd at 10AM Pacific Time
Community Announcements - FM_James
This is a minor update. Benchmark scores are not affected.

3DMark Windows v2.0.2809
  • Fixed further compatibility issues with the Steam launcher and some specific operating system configurations that could cause the 64-bit version to refuse to start.
  • Fixed an issue with result file processing that could cause the benchmark to hang with a black screen at the end of a demo or test on some systems.
Community Announcements - FM_James
This is a minor update that fixes several compatibility issues. Benchmark scores are not affected.

3DMark Windows v2.0.2724
  • SystemInfo module updated to 4.47 for improved compatibility with the latest hardware.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Sky Diver Stress Test to hang on a white screen on very fast systems.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented 3DMark from installing on Windows 7 if UAC was disabled. You can now click 'Ignore' on the warning to continue the installation.
  • Fixed compatibility issues with the Steam launcher and some specific operating system configurations that could cause the 64-bit version to refuse to start.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the benchmark to fail if your Windows user folder name contained UTF-8 characters.
Community Announcements - FM_James


Introducing 3DMark Stress Tests

Did you know that you can use 3DMark for more than just benchmarking? Over two-thirds of users turn to 3DMark to check the stability of their overclocks. And more than half use it to test system cooling performance.

Now we've made it easier than ever to check the stability of your PC by adding a dedicated stress testing feature to 3DMark.

The aim of stress testing is to place a high load on your system for an extended period of time to expose any problems with stability and reliability. It can also help you identify faulty hardware or the need for better cooling.

The best time to run a 3DMark Stress Test is after buying or building a new PC, upgrading your graphics card, or overclocking your GPU. If your GPU crashes or produces visual artifacts during the test, it may indicate a reliability or stability problem. If it overheats and shuts down, you may need more cooling in your computer.

3DMark now includes four levels of stress testing based on Sky Diver, Fire Strike, Fire Strike Extreme, and Fire Strike Ultra.

Each 3DMark Stress Test runs for 20 loops without pausing for loading screens or other breaks. A test takes around 10 minutes to run, which is usually enough to uncover any stability or cooling issues.

After running a 3DMark Stress Test, you will see your system’s Frame Rate Stability score. A high score means your PC's performance under load is stable and consistent. To pass the test, your system must complete all loops with a Frame Rate Stability of at least 97%.


In the example above, you can see that the system failed the test because its average frame rate dropped from 59 FPS to 51 FPS after the GPU reached its peak temperature. 3DMark shows that the system was not able to maintain a consistent level of performance under load. It had throttled down its performance when hot, suggesting that better cooling may be needed.

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Community Announcements - FM_James


This minor update fixes a few issues that came to light after the release of our big update on April 6. Benchmark scores are unaffected.

3DMark Windows v2.0.2067
  • SystemInfo module updated to 4.45 to fix a compatibility issue with Russian and Chinese language Windows.
  • Fixed the Unicode compatibility issue with Russian and Chinese language Windows.
  • Fixed the white screen issue when installing 3DMark under a NTFS Junction or Mount Point.
  • Fixed the missing button text issue affecting a small number of users.
  • Updated Russian localization.
Community Announcements - FM_kingkatt


Our latest 3DMark update adds an interactive preview of VRMark, our upcoming virtual reality benchmark. In this preview, you can explore two VRMark test scenes with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. But don't worry if you don't have a headset. The preview works with your monitor too.



The VRMark preview is a taste of what to expect from the full release, coming soon. Scene 1 is designed for the Oculus Rift minimum spec. Scene 2 requires more powerful hardware. The preview does not produce a benchmark score. For more details about VRMark, please visit our website: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/vrmark

The VRMark Preview is not available in the 3DMark demo.


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