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FutureMark dropping support for 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage next month

FutureMark dropping support for 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage next month
FutureMark dropping support for 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage next month
No replacements are planned as Vista owners are instead encouraged to upgrade to Windows 7, 8, or 10. Support for PCMark 7 and 8 will continue even after the introduction of PCMark 10.

In parallel to Microsoft's termination date for Windows Vista, FutureMark will also be cutting support for two if its Vista-focused benchmarks as well. Both 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage will soon be swept under the rug with no plans to bring them back.

Beginning April 11th, both 3DMark and PCMark Vantage will:

  • No longer be listed on the FutureMark website
  • No longer receive any additional updates 
  • No longer support any online services
  • No longer be covered by customer support

Alternatives to 3DMark Vantage: 

  • 3DMark Time Spy for DirectX 12 Systems
  • 3DMark Fire Strike for High Performance DirectX 11 PCs
  • 3DMark Sky Diver for DirectX 11 Laptops and Mid-range PCs

Alternatives to PCMark Vantage:

  • PCMark 7 for Windows 7
  • PCMark 8 for Windows 8
  • PCMark 10 for Windows 10 (Coming soon)

For Notebookcheck, 3DMark Vantage and PCMark Vantage have long been removed from our standard benchmarking procedures. Instead, the suite of benchmarks from PCMark 8 and 3DMark 2013 are commonly performed on all notebooks and tablets that come our way. The upcoming PCMark 10 will also be added to our core list of benchmarks once available to the public.

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Allen Ngo, 2017-03-29 (Update: 2017-03-29)
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.