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3DMark Advanced Edition is now only $4.49 for a limited time to accompany new PCIe 4.0 feature benchmark

3DMark Advanced Edition is now 85 percent off for a limited time to accompany new PCIe 4.0 feature benchmark (Source: UL Benchmarks)
3DMark Advanced Edition is now 85 percent off for a limited time to accompany new PCIe 4.0 feature benchmark (Source: UL Benchmarks)
Despite Intel giving PCIe 4.0 the cold shoulder, UL Benchmarks has gone ahead with the launch of its PCIe bandwidth benchmark. The minute-long test is a synthetic scenario and even the creators of the test recognize that modern PC games are unlikely to be limited by the PCIe bandwidth.

Announced earlier this month, home users can now run the newest benchmark on 3DMark designed to measure the bandwidth available to your GPU over the PCIe interface. The test saturates the PCIe interface by "uploading a large amount of vertex and texture data to the GPU for each frame" to illustrate the bandwidth and performance differences between PCIe 4.0 and its older generations. Note that the test will not run properly on integrated graphics, dual-GPU PCs, or external GPU enclosures.

To boost user interest in the new benchmark, UL Benchmarks will also be slashing 85 percent off the entire 3DMark Advanced Edition suite from now until July 6 for a final price of just $4.50 if purchased through Steam or the official UL website. Our testing standards here at Notebookcheck rely on a selection of 3DMark benchmarks including Ice Storm, Fire Strike, and Time Spy.

While the bandwidth advantage over PCIe 3.0 x16 is two times greater on paper, impact on real-world gaming performance remains questionable in the short term. Intel itself has shrugged off PCIe 4.0 with gaming benchmarks that show nearly the same results between PCIe 3.0 and PCIe 4.0 PCs. No laptops have been announced with PCIe 4.0 compatibility as of this writing.

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Allen Ngo, 2019-06-27 (Update: 2019-06-27)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.