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Geekbench 3.2 offers redesigned and simplified results view, adds ARMv8 support

09 September 2014, Nick Peers

GeekBench 3.2Primate Labs has updated its cross-platform, flagship benchmark tool with the release of Geekbench 3.2 for desktop and Android. Also available on iOS, the latest build’s main highlight is a redesigned results page.

The redesign aims to simplify how results are shown, particularly on mobile platforms. Version 3.2 also comes with added support for the forthcoming 32-bit ARMv8 processor due to launch on Android later this year.

Version 3.2’s main change is the way results are displayed. It comes with the promise of improved legibility while delivering more information in a smaller space, particularly when viewed on a mobile device.

GeekBench 3.2 for Android

The new GeekBench delivers a tweaked design to the results screen.

Once a benchmark has been run, users get to see both single-core and multi-core scores at the top of the screen, followed by a summary of system information. Below this each individual benchmark is broken down into sections, complete with bar chart score. Users can then compare their scores with other devices via the Single-Core and Multi-Core tabs.

Version 3.2 also extends support to the 32-bit ARMv8 processor on Android, which should be debuting in new devices in the coming months. This manifests itself in a recompiling of the program to take advantage of the new instruction set, while AES and SHA-1 workloads have both been updated to use the processor’s new cryptography functions.

Geekbench 3.2 is available now as a free function-limited trial for Windows, Mac and Linux. Stress tests and 64-bit benchmarks are not available in the tryout version, while results can only be displayed in the user’s web browser. The full version can be purchased with single-user prices coming in at $9.99 (single-platform license) or $14.99 (multi-platform). Geekbench 3.2 for Android is also available, while Geekbench 3.1.6 for iOS is also available – we expect version 3.2 to appear shortly. Both mobile apps cost 99c each.

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