Futuremark's promise of being able to compare all popular platforms with the new 3DMark benchmark took some time to come to fruition but now with the launch of the Windows RT version of 3DMark the launch is finally complete.
With 3DMark you can benchmark the performance of the Surface 2 and other Windows RT devices. Even better, you can directly compare 3DMark scores across platforms.
Use 3DMark to show your readers how the Surface 2 stacks up against the latest Android tablets, the iPad and other Windows ultralight notebooks. If you don't have access to those devices, you'll find a ranked list of all the most popular devices in the app and on our website:
3DMark on Windows RT includes the same benchmarks as the Android and iOS editions. Cross-platform benchmarking across Windows, Android, iOS, and Windows RT is easy, fast and accurate with 3DMark.
3DMark Ice Storm is a DirectX 11 feature level 9 benchmark, (the modern equivalent of DirectX 9), for testing Windows RT tablets and notebooks. It includes two 720p Graphics tests designed to stress graphical (GPU) performance and a Physics test to stress processing (CPU) performance.
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme raises the Graphics tests' rendering resolution to 1080p and uses higher quality textures and post-processing effects to create a more demanding load for the latest mobile devices.
3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited is a different type of benchmark, one designed to test the raw performance of the underlying hardware. Use Ice Storm Unlimited to compare different chipsets, CPUs and GPUs without vertical sync, display resolution scaling and other operating system factors affecting the result.