3DMark graphics benchmark now also measures processor performance


The 3DMark from the Finnish software company UL has established itself as a quasi-standard when it comes to comparing the 3D performance of graphics cards and integrated GPUs. With the CPU Profile, UL has released an extension for 3DMark that only measures processor performance.

In contrast to the Cinebench rendering benchmark, the 3DMark this not only with one and all available physical or logical CPU cores, but also with the intermediate levels of 2, 4, 8 and 16 threads. Many applications and 3D games only partially use modern processors, which is why benchmarks that only use all cores to the full are not always realistic.

The core temperature sinks back to the idle value of just over 40 degrees Celsius during the loading pauses of the 3DMark CPU Profile.

In the benchmark, the CPU calculates a dynamic 3D scene in which, among other things, physics effects occur. The 3DMark CPU Profile provides a separate value for each run with a different number of threads, but these can be compared with each other. In addition, the benchmark shows the frequency and core temperature of the processor as a graphic curve, so that, for example, thermal throttling can be recognized.

UL distributes the CPU profile as a free update for the paid Advanced and Professional Edition of 3DMark. A discount campaign with an 85 percent discount is currently running in the Steam Shop until July 8, so that the Advanced Edition only 3.74 euros instead of 24.99 euros costs.

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