Many graphics card benchmarks exist, some good, some not so good, but 3DMark in particular has etched its place in the psyche of PC enthusiasts worldwide due to its thorough and more importantly its reliable and repeatable results. Created by Finnish company Futuremark Corporation, formerly MadOnion.com, the first 3DMark was introduced in 1988, just a year after the company formed. Since then Futuremark has enjoyed phenomenal success with over 30 million copies of its benchmarking software distributed worldwide. It is, however, only the last two version of 3DMark that we use on a regular basis and itâ€™s these weâ€™ll be concentrating on here.
Both of the versions of 3DMark that we use for testing here at TrustedReviews can be downloaded free of charge but with some features disabled. Fortunately full benchmarking is possible on both free versions so you can compare your own results to ours and to those published on other websites or on the Futuremark Corporation Online Results Browser, also known to many by its acronym, ORB.
The ORB was a masterstroke by Futuremark. This online database allows users of 3DMark to submit results and compare them to those submitted by other users anywhere in the world. The ORB created an online rivalry between PC enthusiasts that made the use of 3DMark expand to an unprecedented level..
In calculating the final 3DMark score, twice the importance is placed on the high detail and Nature tests as can be seen from the calculation formula:
3DMark score = (Game1LowDetail + Game2LowDetail + Game3LowDetail) x10 + (Game1HighDetail + Game2HighDetail + Game3HighDetail + Game4) x20.