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, 2020||Target hardware||Recommended benchmark for modern hardware|
|3DMark 11||Gaming PCs||3DMark Time Spy or|
3DMark Night Raid
|3DMark Cloud Gate||PCs with integrated graphics||3DMark Night Raid|
|3DMark Ice Storm|
|Windows tablets and mobile devices||3DMark Night Raid|
|3DMark Ice Storm (Android)||Android smartphones and tablets||3DMark Sling Shot|
|3DMark Ice Storm (iOS)||Apple iPhones and iPads||3DMark Sling Shot|
|PCMark 7||Windows PCs||PCMark 10|
|Powermark||Windows laptops and notebooks||PCMark 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.