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Announcing end of support for 3DMark 11, PCMark 7

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You may have heard that Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020.

Benchmarks also have a natural lifespan that ends when they no longer provide meaningful results on modern hardware. When old benchmarks are used with new hardware, the results can be skewed or limited in ways that reduce their accuracy and relevance.

Today, we're announcing that, from January 14, 2020, we will no longer offer updates or support for 3DMark 11, PCMark 7, Powermark, 3DMark Cloud Gate, and 3DMark Ice Storm benchmarks.

These benchmarks, all of which were released between 2011 and 2013, no longer provide useful, comparable results with modern hardware. In every case, there is a newer and more relevant benchmark test that you should use instead.

 

Unsupported after January 14, 2020

Target hardware

Recommended benchmark for modern hardware

3DMark 11

Gaming PCs

3DMark Time Spy or
3DMark Night Raid

3DMark Cloud Gate

PCs with integrated graphics

3DMark Night Raid

3DMark Ice Storm
(PC)

Windows tablets and mobile devices

3DMark Night Raid

3DMark Ice Storm (Android)

Android smartphones and tablets

3DMark Sling Shot

3DMark Ice Storm (iOS)

Apple iPhones and iPads

3DMark Sling Shot

PCMark 7

Windows PCs

PCMark 10

Powermark

Windows laptops and notebooks

PCMark 10 Battery Life Profile

 

After January 14, 2020, these unsupported benchmarks will:

  • No longer be sold by UL, Steam, or other app stores.
  • No longer receive updates.
  • No longer be guaranteed to work with our online services.
  • No longer be eligible for customer support. 

Anyone who has bought 3DMark 11 on Steam will continue to own it and will be able to run it from their Steam Library.

Legacy benchmarks are free to download

Legacy benchmarks going back to 3DMark99 are available to download for free from the UL Benchmarks website. These unsupported benchmarks are provided for entertainment only with no guarantee of compatibility with current operating systems. 3DMark 11 and PCMark 7 will be available for free from January 14, 2020.