Whether you're gaming on a smartphone, tablet, notebook, laptop, desktop, or a high performance gaming PC, 3DMark includes a benchmark designed specifically for your type of device. And it's not just for Windows. With 3DMark you can compare your scores with Android and iOS devices, too. It's the most powerful and flexible 3DMark we've ever created.

Can I use 3DMark Basic Edition to benchmark my CPU and GPU?

Yes, although 3DMark Basic is primarily a GPU benchmark, it will also leverage your CPU. The benchmark application will show detailed charts of CPU and GPU temperatures, clock speeds, and frame rate changes during your benchmark run. A more complete (paid) version of 3DMark can test your CPU more thoroughly along with other tests like ray tracing and even storage.

Which 3DMark benchmark should I use?

3DMark Basic Edition includes three benchmarks: Time Spy, Night Raid and Fire Strike, each test is designed for a specific type of hardware/feature. When you open the app, 3DMark automatically scans your hardware and recommends the best benchmark for your system but you can run any of the tests without worries.

How long does it take to run a 3DMark benchmark?

Usually, 3DMark Basic Edition takes 10 minutes to benchmark your system.

Can the benchmark damage my CPU?

No, 3DMark only measures your device's performance. It produces a score to compare with other PC systems. If your temps and voltages are safe, it will not hurt your computer. You can also change the resolution and other quality settings to make the benchmarks more or less demanding.

Is 3DMark Basic Edition free?

Yes, 3DMark Basic is free for home users, but there are other paid versions that include many more benchmarks and tests.


  • The world's most popular benchmark.
  • Includes three stunning tests for DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 hardware.
  • Test everything from tablets to gaming PCs.
  • Includes Ice Storm, Cloud Gate and Fire Strike.
  • Compare scores across Windows, Android and iOS.
  • Easy to use, no technical know-how needed.
  • Free online account to manage your results.

What's New

This is a minor update. Benchmark scores are not affected.


  • Fixed an issue with Night Raid colorspace when rendering on one GPU and outputting to another. This issue was purely cosmetic and had no effect on performance or results in the previous 3DMark version.

Previous release notes:


  • Fixed a rare issue that prevented 3DMark from starting on some systems.


  • Autosaved result files in your Documents/3DMark/ folder now include the test name and the overall score in the filename.


  • Fixed an issue with video memory allocation in Wild Life Extreme that could cause the test to fail on some systems with an AMD APU.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Time Spy and Time Spy Extreme custom runs from looping multiple tests, for example, looping both Graphics Test 1 and Graphics Test 2 in a custom run.


  • Fixed a UI issue with the score context labels on the benchmark result screen.
  • Fixed a UI issue with the CPU Profile result screen showing incorrect core and thread counts for some CPU models.

3DMark Sky Diver

3DMark Sky Diver is a DirectX 11 benchmark for PCs with integrated graphics. Released in 2014, it is now too lightweight for modern PCs. UL recommends using 3DMark Night Raid (DirectX 12) and 3DMark Wild Life (Vulkan) to benchmark laptops, notebooks and other systems with integrated graphics.

3DMark API Overhead feature test

The 3DMark API Overhead feature test was released in 2015 to coincide with the launch of Windows 10 and DirectX 12. The test compares the draw call performance of graphics APIs. At launch, this was the most significant difference between older APIs and new, low-level APIs like DirectX 12 and Vulkan. Today, developers are more likely to choose a graphics API based on feature support and compatibility. Draw call performance is no longer the deciding factor. UL has no plans to update or replace this test.


  • Updated SystemInfo to v5.34 to improve compatibility with latest hardware.


  • Minor fixes for the 3DMark benchmark results screen.

Previous Release Notes:

This is a major update that adds new features to the benchmark results screen. Game performance estimates are only available in 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition.

  • This update adds a new design for the benchmark results screen to help PC gamers better understand their 3DMark scores.
  • With the new features we've added, it's easy to see how your 3DMark score compares with results from other systems with the same components.

3DMark has a new result screen to help PC gamers make sense of their scores.

Learn more about your PC's performance

  • 3DMark now shows you how your benchmark score compares with results from other systems with the same components. This makes it easy to see if your PC is performing correctly.

3DMark shows how your score compares with other results from the same hardware.

  • This new chart shows the range of scores submitted by other 3DMark users with the same combination of CPU and GPU.
  • The peaks in the chart show the most common scores. The green line shows your score. The blue, dotted line shows the average score for your combination of components.
  • If your score is close to the average, it means your PC is working as it should. A score well below the average could indicate a hardware or configuration problem. The best score gives you an idea of the overclocking potential of your setup.
  • The new benchmark result screen and score comparison feature are available in all 3DMark editions, including 3DMark Basic Edition.

Discover real-world game performance

  • In 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition, you can also see the frame rates you can expect in a selection of popular games.

3DMark estimates game performance from your benchmark score.

  • The frame rate is an estimate based on your 3DMark score and game testing performed by UL. In this first release, you can choose from five popular games:
    • Apex Legends
    • Battlefield V
    • Fortnite
    • GTA V
    • Red Dead Redemption 2

You can read more about estimating game performance from 3DMark scores on the UL Benchmarks website.