Futuremark has announced a new test for its ever so popular benchmarking tool: 3DMark. The new test is called “Fire Strike Stress Test” and its main purpose is to determine the reliability of a particular system based on the framerate output, temperatures of both the CPU and GPU, as well as the CPU frequency. According to Futuremark, the Fire Strike Stress Test will be very useful for consumers that want to determine the “stability” of their respective systems.
The 3DMark Fire Strike Stress Test will be made available to users on either the Advanced or Professional editions. The way this test determines the overall stability of a system can be explained by the formula below:
Users on the Advanced edition of the 3DMark benchmarking software will be able to run the stress test for a maximum of 20 loops for a 10 minute test; meanwhile, Professional users will be able to run the test for up to 5,000 loops. Interestingly, to attain a “stable pass” rating, a particular system has to achieve a framerate stability percentage of 97%; percentages lower than 97% will be greeted with a heart-wrenching, stress-inducing “not passed” rating.
Futuremark’s Fire Strike Stress Test feature has already been made available inside the latest update for the 3DMark bechmarking software. More information regarding Futuremark’s new benchmarking test can be found here.