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The New 3DMark Benchmark - Testing Smartphones to Multi-GPU Gaming PCs

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: Futuremark

Ice Storm and Cloud Gate Results

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The first thing to note here is that the scores are very high - running a benchmark that can be run on phones on a system with a pair of Radeon HD 7970s is kind of nuts, but we had to try it at least once.  But, as you can tell, with only 15% between a PAIR of HD 7970s in CrossFire and a single HD 7870, this is very CPU bound.

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Isolating just the graphics portions show a bit more of a gap between the highest end configurations and the lower end but when our frame rates are hitting 1500, we are over reaching quite a bit!

 

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The performance window between the HD 7970s in CrossFire and the single HD 7870 is above 40% here so while the gap is higher, Cloud Gate is still not really push the performance of our discrete cards.  We are running tests on these tests with some integrated solutions this week and will report back with results.

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The individual graphics tests do some some noticeable differences in performance - check out the gap between the Radeon HD 7770 and the pair of HD 7970s.  Going from 81 FPS to 404 FPS is pretty big jump - about 5x - but we are still hitting above our weight in Cloud Gate.

February 4, 2013 | 10:01 AM - Posted by Humanitarian

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February 4, 2013 | 12:53 PM - Posted by ezjohny

This sounds very interesting for a hardware bench mark that targets all platforms, I will be using fire strike for my desktop PC gentleman.

February 5, 2013 | 09:33 AM - Posted by xbeaTX (not verified)

Hi Ryan!...there are rumors that you have received a special package from Nvidia .... fits well with this benchmark? :P

February 5, 2013 | 03:54 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

No clue what you are talking about!  :)

February 6, 2013 | 08:45 AM - Posted by Raghunathan (not verified)

if a HD 7970(925 mhz) is faster than GTX 680 then the HD 7970 Ghz is pretty much the boss in this test. I have always felt that Nvidia got away this generation with the majority of sales and accolades as AMD did not get their launch and early drivers (first 6 months till June 2012) performance as good as it could have been. From 12.11 beta onwards AMD is showing how capable their hardware is.

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February 8, 2013 | 05:40 AM - Posted by BiggieShady

Hey Ryan, correct me if I'm wrong, but It doesn't seem that 3Dmark graph shows frametime fluctuations consistent with inside-the-second analysis as Oliver suggested when you asked about it. It's more like the graph shows average fps in a coresponding time window which is one second or even larger.

February 9, 2013 | 09:20 AM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

You are correct. It doesn't go into the detail we'll want for our future testing but we can use our other tools for that a bit later.

February 13, 2013 | 03:45 AM - Posted by Brash (not verified)

Ryan, do you see your framerating benchmark as having relevance to this new 3dMark software? It would be interesting to merge the two.

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