FurMark 1.7.0: The Bad Boy of Graphics Cards Utilities is Back!

FurMark 1.7.0 - GPU Burner - OpenGL Benchmark

Prepare your graphics cards for a hot summer!

The new version of FurMark is here at last guys! After 4 months, it was time.

UPDATE (2010.04.19)

FurMark 1.8.2 is available HERE.

You can download it here:


FurMark, is graphics card stability test (useful for overclocking) as well as an OpenGL graphics benchmark.

FurMark 1.7.0 - GPU Burner - OpenGL Benchmark

This new version is able to connect to GPU-Z and read data like GPU core clock, memory clock and GPU temperature. You can start / stop GPU-Z at anytime, FurMark detects it dynamically. GPU-Z data is displayed in Stability test mode:

FurMark 1.7.0 - GPU Burner - OpenGL Benchmark

Don’t forget to enable the auto refreshing:

FurMark 1.7.0 - GPU-Z

The power consumption displayed is power required by the GPU. This power is calculated from the following formula:

Pgpu = Vgpu * Igpu

where Vgpu = VDDC and Igpu = VDDC Current.

This information is available on GeForce GTX 280 but not available on a GTS 250 nor on a Radeon HD 4850.

The data retrieved by GPU-Z depends on the type of your graphics card. For example, here is what I get with my GeForce GTX 280:

GPU-Z sensors - GeForce GTX 280
GPU-Z sensors – GeForce GTX 280

GPU-Z sensors - Radeon HD 4670
GPU-Z sensors – Radeon HD 4670

GPU-Z sensors - Radeon HD 2600 XT
GPU-Z sensors – Radeon HD 2600 XT

To push Xtreme Burning mode to a new limit, I added the possibility to disable the display of text in the 3D window. You can toggle the display of text with the I key.

In Xtreme Burning mode without text, the current required by my GeForce GTX 280 (with default clocks) exceeded 84A. So be careful guys, you must have an efficient cooling system to play with Xtreme Burning mode.

FurMark 1.7.0 - GPU Burner - OpenGL Benchmark

FurMark 1.7.0 - GPU Burner - OpenGL Benchmark

To play with GPU temperature, you can now disable and enable the fur rendering with the SPACE key:

FurMark 1.7.0 - GPU Burner - OpenGL Benchmark

FurMark 1.7.0 - GPU Burner - OpenGL Benchmark

Other cool new feature is the possibility to save your settings. Just start FurMark, adjust settings and quit. Your settings are saved in the startup_options.xml file. And of course, you can tweak yourself this file (with a text editor like Notepad++).

The main startup GUI (GUI = Graphical user Interface) is now always present. So you can launch several tests without restart FurMark.

In multi-GPUs configurations, there is now a temperature graph for each GPU:

FurMark 1.7.0 - GPU Burner - OpenGL Benchmark

But I didn’t make the test on a Crossfire system 🙁

I also checked the famous ATI Catalyst optimization (a more detailed test is also available HERE). I tested Catalyst tweak with a Radeon HD 4850 and the last WHQL drivers, the Catalyst 9.6. Actually, when the CCC AI feature is enabled, Catalyst driver slows down the GPU. By default, CCC AI is enabled.

FurMark 1.7.0 - ATI Catalyst AI enabled
ATI Catalyst AI enabled

FurMark 1.7.0 - ATI Catalyst AI disabled
ATI Catalyst AI disabled

You can enable / disable the Catalyst A.I feature in the CCC:

ATI Catalyst CCC AI

And for Twitter addicts, I also added the possibility to submit the score in Benchmarking mode to your Twitter account (see the button in previous screenshots). Submitting your score will write a message like this:

My FurMark 1.7.0 result with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 and Forceware 185.82 (1280×1024, aa=8) is 2399 (t=60000ms)

Okay I think I said the most important things about this new version of FurMark.

Here is the complete changelog:

  • New: FurMark is now able to get detailed data from GPU-Z (if GPU-Z is running). In both Stability Test mode,
    GPU-Z is used to display additional information (GPU core clock, memory clock, GPU temperature and power consumption).
    In Benchmarking mode, GPU-Z is used to retrieve GPU core clock, memory clock, VDDC and VDDC current. Some data (like
    VDDC and VDDC current) is only available on some graphics cards (like the GeForce GTX 280).
  • New: In Benchmarking mode, you can now send your score to your Twitter account (this gadget is experimental).
  • New: the main GUI is now always available so you can fire up several tests without the need to start again the application.
  • New: main GUI (graphical user interface) settings are now saved and are re-used. Thanks to W1zzard for the idea 😉
  • New: in Stability Test mode, each GPU has now its own temperature graph.
  • New: in Stability Test mode, you can enable/disable the display of information the I key.
  • New: in Stability Test mode, you can enable/disable the fur rendering with the SPACE key. Thanks to David Legrand for the idea.
  • New: added new standard resolutions: 800×600 and 1920×1080.
  • New: added new interface translations:
    – castilian (thanks to LordIntel)
    – bulgarian (thanks to fellix)
    – polish (thanks to rogalik)
    – slovak (thanks to ufo and Peter H.)
    – spanish (thanks to tech4pcs)
  • Change: main startup GUI reorganization.
  • Change: improved OpenGL rendering context creation.
  • Change: log file renamed to FurMark_xxx.log
  • Bugfix: GPU min temperature in temperature graph is now correctly updated.
  • Bugfix: in multithreading management.

And if you find the current rendering of FurMark is boring, you can change it a little bit:

FurMark 1.7.0

FurMark 1.7.0

I let you find these tweaks…

Related links

FurMark TestBed at PC Game Hardware
FurMark TestBed at PC Game Hardware

58 thoughts on “FurMark 1.7.0: The Bad Boy of Graphics Cards Utilities is Back!”

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  6. randy couture

    There is no way your GTX 280 used 84A, so you’re doing something wrong. That doesn’t instill a lot of confidence in me either

  7. Palm521

    one of the best tools out there, thanks for the bug fixes and the new added stuff, i have not seen a bug yet but will report if i find something!

    Good JOB!


  8. analytik

    Yeah, I was wondering about that. 84A? As in 84 Amperes? As in 84A * 12V = 1kW? Well, good luck with that – but on the other hand, you can at least use it to make you a coffee.

    But otherwise thanks, a nice piece of software.

  9. JeGX Post Author

    Yes analytik, the GPU needs 84 amperes in full load. But the voltage is not 12V but about 1.18 Volts so the GPU power is: 84.5*1.18 = 99.7 Watts

  10. Atkamon

    Hey guys! I used an older version of this Fur Mark in a program called GPU Caps Viewer, and I used it for too long and my computer turned off:S Could this damage my graphics card?


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  12. Aaron

    huh i just did a bench and then went and had a look at some of the scores and found one i’d have to call bullshit on
    Score details for ID = 6ee89dc50dadf7a576117cc6173b9c5a
    i got 2x HD2600xt in cf mode gets 7667 at 640×480 windowed 0xmssa so i doubt a single 8600gts is going to beat that and even if it managed to i seriously doubt it’d be by 29000points

  13. Sab

    @ Atkamon:

    No, your computer shutting down was a built-in safety feature to prevent damage. So your graphics card should not have taken damage. The most likely reason for your pc to shut down is very high temperatures that trigger the safety-feature to shut donw the pc. If this is the case, you should upgrade you’re cooling. The simplest solution is to place some extra fans in your case.

    Hope this answered your question.

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  19. Xiaopang

    @JegX: these “absurd” scores seem to be based on bugs. i get them too. i only had the pleasure of having furmark (1.6.0) running well on my system a single time. suddenly, i didn’t see the furry ring any more, but only the background. my framerate went up to 500fps. now, i tried 1.7.0 and a new bug has occured. now i can see the ring, but without any fur. here’s a screenshot:


    in this test i scored over 29000 points (average being 490fps) with my gtx260. i guess it’s a driver issue. i’m using the currently newest forceware version (190.38). since all my games work without a hitch, i suppose it’s a furmark issue.

    i also tested it with my radeon x1600. furmark 1.6.0 wouldn’t even initialize, telling me that i would need a compliant opengl 2.0 device. version 1.7.0 fixed that and i finally was able to run the test on my old card for the first time. i’m waiting for the next version that will fix the issues that i have with my gtx260 😉

    so that’s your explanation for those scores. if i hadn’t known how this bench looked like originally, i might have sent my faulty ones too.

  20. JeGX Post Author

    @Xiaopang: thanks for this useful feedback. Now I understand better all these false scores (even there are still cheaters!). Did you notice something not normal in FurMark’s log file (FurMark_0001.log) ?

  21. Xiaopang

    Indeed I did. I uploaded it for you:


    According to the log, several features such as DOT3, Stencil Two Sides, Depth Clamping, Point Sprites etc are not supported. The list goes on and on. Strange, as I already mentioned, I was able to run Furmark 1.6.0 successfully with this card before, so it must be a driver thing. I tried to change the options in my drivers from quality to application based, but that changed nothing. I hope that helped a little. You can also ask me to test further options through email. I’m posting here with a valid one 😉

  22. Michail

    Ok. That my number:
    Core 2 duo e8400@3.6 GHz Radeon 4870 750/3600 Catalyst 9.7
    WinXP – stability test FPS – 96/118/165 at resolution 1024×768 MSAA:none
    Win7 7600- stability test FPS – 62/66/86 at same resolution.
    Question – Why?

  23. toxicshadow

    Hmm something seems screwy. If i run 1.6.5 with AFR2 enabled i can get scores in excess off 9000. If I run the same test with 1.7.0 i get scores of approx 4000. After messing around i have determined that i get the same scores as 1.6.5 with AFR2 off as i do with 1.7.0 with ARF2 on.

    Is it possible that the new revision blocks AFR2 support?

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  26. arn

    ati optimized the drvcode again: it runs slower with the newest driver (9.8 + 4890). i measured 40-50 watts less consumption. please check this.

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  28. medo

    i have a bad problem witt my gtx 260 black edtion xfx
    the problem is the card is very crazy realy
    godfather 2 prototype crysis craaaaaash with a sold screan
    can any 1 help me

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  38. SharkerSK

    Hi guys, I have problem.
    If I run furmark and Gpu-Z together my windows freezes.
    I have Ati X1900XT and W XP SP3 and Catalyst 9.3 drivers.
    So I think that this is a bug…
    If i dont run gpuz everything is OK :))
    If i run it together = false.

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  40. don

    i get error message that the files in the downloaded pack is corrupted? anyone else having this problem?

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  47. theKryz

    Hi guys,

    is there a way to let the benchmark run for ~20min and then pause for 40min, then get going again – and this in an endless loop? I want to heat and cool my graphics chip, then reheat it and so on…

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  49. Ari


    each time i want to run ” Furmark multiGpu” the program starts, bench for a few seconds and then the System shut down…..

    Why ??

    My System:

    amd phenom II x4 965, 2x Sapphire 5770, 8 GB Corsair Dominator (DDr2) and 600 Watt

  50. JeGX Post Author

    Two possibilities:
    1 – the VRM part of your radeons (but with Cypress based cards, VRM are hardware protected)
    2 – your PSU

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