Futuremark just send out a press blast to give you an update about why the new 3DMark is taking so long. Basically, the company says there's no fixed release date and that the cross-platform benchmark will arrive when it's ready.
In recent days I have had more than a few people ask me when we plan to release our new cross-platform 3DMark. I usually avoid this question since answering all but guarantees that there will be a change of plan later, but now does seem like a good time to give you an update.
As you may know, we work with many of the world's leading technology companies when creating our benchmarks. We work closely with the engineers and technicians at AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and many other companies, benefiting from their insights and expertise.
We work with our Benchmark Development Program partners from start to finish, from the initial specification document to the final software release. BPD members receive every development build and have access to source code to see how the benchmark functions.
We believe that this open process of close cooperation with industry experts is the only way way to create accurate and impartial benchmarks that measure performance fairly. Having high-level access to the industry's leaders also ensures that our benchmarks are not only relevant for today's hardware, but remain relevant year after year.
If there is a downside, it's that it takes time to gather and resolve the feedback from so many partners, and that is where we find ourselves today. I hope this helps you understand why I cannot confirm a launch date right now. Simply put, 3DMark will be ready when it's ready, which we expect will be sooner rather than later.
What is certain is that the new 3DMark will be our best benchmark yet and well worth waiting for. You can find out more from our website: