Benchmarks

The SPEC Graphics Performance Characterization (SPECgpc) group updated the Windows version of the workstation GPU benchmark suite - SPECviewperf 2020 - twice last year. The intent of the benchmark is to replay GPU workload traces from real-world professional applications (Maya for media and entertainment, Catia, Creo, NX, and Solidworks for CAD/CAM, OpendTect for the energy industry, and the Tuvok visualization library for rendering medical images). Version 3.0, released in December 2021, updated the Solidworks viewset to better reflect the OpenGL API calls in the latest version of the software. Version 2.0 had enabled selective downloading of the viewsets. While the Windows version of the benchmark had been through three versions, the Linux community was left out, having to rely on the SPECviewperf 13 released almost...

Testing the New 3DMark CPU Benchmark: For the Boids

A couple of weeks ago, UL (formerly Futuremark) released the latest test in its ongoing 3DMark gaming benchmark suite, CPU Profile. The premise behind this new CPU-specific test is...

29 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 7/15/2021

SPEC Updates SERT Suite for ISO-Compliant Server Energy Efficiency Benchmarking

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation's SPEC SERT Suite has evolved as the industry-standard for measuring the energy efficiency of servers over the last decade. Regulatory authorities such as the...

4 by Ganesh T S on 6/15/2021

Test Driving SPECviewperf 2020: A Look At The Latest In Workstation GPU Benchmarks

Over the years, the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation's SPECviewperf benchmark has become the industry standard for workstation GPU benchmarking. Owing to the fact that, unlike video games, there's little...

27 by Ganesh T S on 10/16/2020

UL's PCMark 10 Adds Battery Life Tests

One of our favorite benchmark suites is PCMark 10 from UL, and today they are announcing that the latest version of their testing suite is gaining some new battery...

0 by Brett Howse on 5/27/2019

Maxon Releases Cinebench R20 Benchmark

One of the key benchmarks that have been used in the industry is Cinebench. The latest version has been Cinebench R15, released for version 15 of Cinema 4D. In...

57 by Ian Cutress on 3/5/2019

Huawei’s GPU Turbo: Valid Technology with Overzealous Marketing

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...

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

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...

84 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...

17 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...

84 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...

3 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...

18 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

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