3DMark for Windows 8 Announced
Microsoft may not be releasing Windows 8 for a while, but that does not mean there are not announcements concerning the new OS. Futuremark is one of the leading PC benchmark companies around, with tests for the graphics card as well as the entire system. Today, Futuremark has announced 3DMark for Windows 8, which will test the graphics capability of any device running the new OS. Now, 3DMark for Windows 8 is just the working title, but the final product will be able to run on tablets, laptops, and desktops to see just how powerful your new system, in whatever shape, truly is graphically. The new 3DMark will support both x86 and ARM processors, and will work in the Metro UI and "classic" Windows modes. It will test all of the graphical capabilities of any device running Windows 8, regardless of what graphics the device uses. It looks like Futuremark is adapting to Microsoft's Windows 8 strategy, and it is good to see we will have a way to benchmark the new OS.
3DMark for Windows 8 will release in 2012, but you can run 3DMark 11, 3DMark Vantage, and 3DMark06 on any of your current systems now.