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End of support for 3DMark 11 and other benchmarks announced

UL Benchmarks has announced that they will no longer support some of their 3DMark benchmarks noting that these legacy benchmark tools “no longer provide meaningful results on modern hardware”

Just as  Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, these Benchmarks are at their end of life that when used with new modern hardware, the results can be skewed or limited in ways that reduce their accuracy and relevance.

Starting from January 14, 2020, UL Benchmarks will no longer offer updates or support for 3DMark 11, PCMark 7, Powermark, 3DMark Cloud Gate, and 3DMark Ice Storm benchmarks.

All of which were published between 2011 and 2013, these tests no longer have accurate, comparable results for modern hardware. In each scenario, you should use instead a newer and more relevant benchmark for your testing.

Unsupported after January 14, 2020Target hardwareRecommended benchmark for modern hardware
3DMark 11Gaming PCs3DMark Time Spy or
3DMark Night Raid
3DMark Cloud GatePCs with integrated graphics3DMark Night Raid
3DMark Ice Storm
(PC)
Windows tablets and mobile devices3DMark Night Raid
3DMark Ice Storm (Android)Android smartphones and tablets3DMark Sling Shot
3DMark Ice Storm (iOS)Apple iPhones and iPads3DMark Sling Shot
PCMark 7Windows PCsPCMark 10
PowermarkWindows laptops and notebooksPCMark 10 Battery Life Profile

After January 14, 2020, these unsupported benchmarks will:

  • No longer be sold by UL, Steam, or other app stores.
  • No longer receive updates.
  • No longer be guaranteed to work with our online services.
  • No longer be eligible for customer support. 

Anyone who has bought 3DMark 11 on Steam will continue to own it and will be able to run it from their Steam Library.

Legacy benchmarks are free to download

Legacy tests from 3DMark99 can be obtained from the UL Tests website for free. Keep in mind that these unsupported benchmarks are provided for entertainment only with no guarantee of compatibility with current operating systems.

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