Futuremark releases 3DMark app, lets you run benchmarks on Windows 8 and Windows RT

Futuremark's 3DMark app for Windows 8 and Windows RT

You can now benchmark your device using the popular Futuremark 3DMark performance test. This app is now available for free on both Windows 8 and Windows RT. You can even compare your scores with other platforms such as Android or iOS.

“Use 3DMark to test the gaming performance of your Windows RT device, then see how it compares with other models. You can even compare your benchmark test scores with smartphones and tablets running Android, iOS or Windows. 3DMark is used by millions of people, hundreds of hardware review sites and many of the world’s leading technology companies. It’s the industry standard benchmark for graphics performance measurement, a professional level diagnostic tool now available to everyone for free!” the app description reads.

The 3DMark app features three tests called Ice Storm, Ice Storm Extreme, and Ice Storm Unlimited. Ice Storm is a test that is designed for mobile devices and features a DirectX 11 benchmark test that uses fixed off-screen rendering at 720p then scales the output to fit the native display resolution of your device. This test includes two graphics tests to stress the GPU and a physics test to stress the CPU.

“Ice Storm Extreme for device-to-device comparisons of high performance mobile devices. Ice Storm Extreme raises the off-screen rendering resolution to 1080p and uses higher quality textures and post-processing effects in the graphics tests to create a more demanding load for the latest smartphones and tablets,” Futuremark adds.

Ice Storm Unlimited is the higher-end test that tests the hardware inside your PC. This test runs without vertical sync, display resolution scaling, and other operating system factors affecting the result. “In Unlimited mode the rendering engine uses a fixed time step between frames and renders exactly the same frames in every run on every device. The frames are rendered in 720p resolution “offscreen” while the display is updated with small frame thumbnails every 100 frames to show progress,” Futuremark explains.

This app is easy to use and best of all its free. Hit the download link below to snag the app for Windows 8 or Windows RT. Share your score in the comments below! 

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