Press releases from January 2001


BAPCo® and MadOnion.com™ RELEASE SYSmark®2002

January 31, 2001 - -



BAPCo® and MadOnion.com™ RELEASE SYSmark®2002



Compatible with Windows XP®, simple installation with trial run option



Santa Clara, CA – January 31, 2001 – The latest implementation of industry standard benchmark tools, SYSmark® 2002, was released today by BAPCo®, a non-profit consortium of leading computer industry publications, independent testing labs, PC hardware manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers and software publishers.
SYSmark 2002 provides an application-based benchmark that accurately reflects usage patterns for business users in the areas of Internet Content Creation and Office Productivity.
SYSmark 2002 supports Microsoft® Windows® XP (Professional and Home), Windows® 2000 and Windows® Millennium Edition. MadOnion.com™ a leading provider of PC benchmark software and performance information services will provide marketing support and distribution for SYSmark 2002.
SYSmark 2002 is used to:
  • Measure and compare PC performance based on real applications by PC OEM's, hardware and software developers, IT departments, system integrators, publishers and testing labs;
  • Forecast future desktop computing needs by Information technologists and computer industry analysts.
Important New Features of SYSmark 2002
  • Windows XP support
  • One-click installation on Windows XP
  • Automated error reporting
  • Command line support (installation and execution)
  • Trial run option
SYSmark 2002 incorporates the following Internet Content Creation and Office Productivity applications:
  • Internet Content Generation: Adobe Photoshop® 6.01, Adobe Premiere® 6.0, Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 7.1, Macromedia Dreamweaver 4, and Macromedia Flash 5
  • Office Productivity: Microsoft Word 2002, Microsoft Excel 2002, Microsoft PowerPoint 2002, Microsoft Outlook 2002, Microsoft Access 2002, Netscape Communicator® 6.0, Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred v.5, WinZip 8.0, and McAfee VirusScan 5.13.
Availability
SYSmark 2002 is available for $199.95 USD. Please visit here (Powered by MadOnion.com) to order SYSmark 2002. The benchmark was developed and is fully supported by the current BAPCo membership.

About Business Applications Performance Corporation (BAPCo®)
BAPCo’s - Business Applications Performance Corporation - current members include CNET, Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, InfoWorld, Intel, Microsoft, VNU Business Publications Limited (UK), and ZDNet. BAPCo is a non-profit consortium with a charter to develop and distribute a set of objective performance benchmarks for personal computers based on popular software applications and operating systems.

About MadOnion.Com™
MadOnion.com is the leading provider of PC benchmark software and performance information services. MadOnion.com™ is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® Series and Video2000 (with more than 26 million copies distributed, worldwide). MadOnion.com™ has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit www.madonion.com

Note to Editors:
BAPCo, and SYSmark are registered trademarks of The Business Applications Performance Corporation. MadOnion.com™ is the trademark of MadOnion.com. All other names mentioned are trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
For more information, please refer to www.bapco.com or www.madonion.com or contact:
John Peterson
BAPCo
Operations Manager
Phone: 408-988-7654
john_peterson@bapco.com

Tero Sarkkinen
MadOnion.com Inc.
Executive Vice President, Sales
Phone: 408-517-0131
tero@madonion.com


SYSmark®2002 Extended Features Outline
  • Modern usage model: SYSmark 2002 is organized as scenarios, which are designed to reflect snapshots of “a day in the life” of an Internet Content Creator and Office Productivity Applications user
  • Popular applications: SYSmark 2002 includes a robust set of 14 applications covering a wide range of Internet Content Creation and Office Productivity application categories. The SYSmark 2002 workload emulates usage patterns of today’s desktop business user that includes concurrent execution of multiple applications
  • Current application versions: Applications have been updated to include Office XP, PhotoShop 6.01 and Windows Media Encoder 7.1
  • Internet Features: SYSmark 2002 tests performance of a PC executing a wide range of popular operations using leading Internet Content Creation applications
  • Average Response time metric: Response time of Applications to user interaction is used as a performance metric rather than end-to-end run time. Users care most about the response time of the application to input
  • Concurrency Performance: BAPCo has extended its state-of-the-art benchmarking technologies by devising methods (first introduced with WebMark 2001 and SYSmark 2001) for accurate and realistic measurement of concurrent tasks. SYSmark 2002 uses scenarios where background applications that detect viruses, compress files, encode video and convert speech to text run concurrently with other business applications
  • Realistic execution speed: The benchmark runs at realistic execution speed, with think times between application interactions, in order to emulate a desktop user’s interaction with the operating system and applications. The think time emulates a desktop user’s interaction with the operating system and applications. Operating system behaviour is more realistic when application interaction has think times (just like a real user) as the OS can devote itself to other housekeeping activities (like memory management, scheduling etc)
  • Reliable and Repeatable Results: SYSmark 2002 implements standardized testing through an automated, point-and-click Benchmark Manager with reporting guidelines to ensure reliable, repeatable results
  • Multiple OS Support: SYSmark 2002 supports Windows XP (Professional and Home), Windows 2000 and Windows Millennium Edition
  • Non-US English OS Support: Supports European Windows Operating systems (Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Spanish), Japanese and Chinese
  • Compare Results: SYSmark 2002 includes the ability to collect and store performance data for user-specified projects; ability to compare user results with a wide range of vendor and testing lab results available publicly on BAPCo’s web site at www.bapco.com
  • Automated generation of BAPCo’s Full Disclosure Report (FDR) for ensuring consistent reporting of results
  • Comprehensive System Performance Testing: Benchmark workload content carefully developed to reflect accurate and realistic usage patterns covering a wide range of functionality within each application
  • Extensive validation across multiple hardware and software configurations to ensure consistent and reliable performance measurement results


EA's WESTWOOD STUDIOS TEAMS WITH NVIDIA AND MADONION.COM

January 7, 2001 - -



EA's WESTWOOD STUDIOS TEAMS WITH NVIDIA AND MADONION.COM



Westwood to offer MadOnion.com computer Performance Analyzer



LAS VEGAS, NV - January 7, 2001 - Westwood Studios™ announced today it has teamed with MadOnion.com™, a leading provider of PC performance analysis software and Internet-based services, and NVIDIA®, the global leader in advanced graphics and multimedia processing technology. Westwood is offering a unique application of MadOnion.com's Performance Analyzer, a service that allows users to automatically measure their computer's performance and determine if it meets the minimum system requirements needed to play Command & Conquer Renegade™. Westwood is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Electronic Arts™ (NASDAQ: ERTS).
MadOnion.com's Performance Analyzer is found on the official website for Renegade, Westwood's first 3D action game set in the Command & Conquer universe. Users simply click on the "Analyze My Computer" button and the software will automatically scan the user's computer to determine if it meets the minimum system requirements to play Command & Conquer Renegade. The service then tells the user which compatible NVIDIA-based upgrades or new computers are the optimal solutions for an enjoyable gaming experience.
The Performance Analyzer scans more than 300 attributes of the user's computer, including its graphic processor, memory size and CPU type and speed and then, if needed, offers recommendations to the user on how to improve the overall gaming performance of his or her computer.
"We want to ensure that everyone who wants to play Command & Conquer Renegade is able to," said Dan Cermak, executive producer of Renegade. "MadOnion's Performance Analyzer is a great tool for immediately learning if your computer meets the minimum system requirements for the game and, if not, what you can do to bring it up to speed."
"We are excited to help Westwood's customers by ensuring that they get the most out of the game they purchase," said Tero Sarkkinen, executive vice president of sales at MadOnion. "If more game performance is needed, we take the pain out of making the right purchasing decision by showing which NVIDIA cards are compatible with the user's PC, and to what extent gaming performance would improve with any of the cards. The Performance Analyzer enables the user to purchase the game with the peace of mind that it will provide a thrilling gaming experience on his or her PC."
In addition to offering computer upgrade recommendations, Westwood and MadOnion.com will also provide the user with basic tutorials on how to install new video cards and RAM. These tutorials and links are available on the official Renegade website.
For more information about Command & Conquer Renegade and to use Westwood's performance analyzer powered by MadOnion.com, visit www.westwood.com. For more information about MadOnion.com, visit their official website at www.madonion.com.

About Westwood Studios
Westwood StudiosTM is a prominent publisher of best-selling PC and next-generation console games. Formed in 1985, Westwood is the creator of the 15-million + selling Command & ConquerTM franchise that includes Command & ConquerTM, Tiberian SunTM, and Red AlertTM 1 and 2. Westwood has also released award-winning titles such as Blade RunnerTM, Monopoly®, and the Lands of LoreTM series. Looking forward, Westwood is expanding to new franchises and genres with upcoming titles such as Command & Conquer RenegadeTM and Earth and BeyondTM Online.

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of more than $1.3 billion for fiscal 2001. The company develops, publishes and distributes software worldwide for the Internet, personal computers and video game systems. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTSTM, EA GAMESTM, EA SPORTS BIGTM, and EA.comSM. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at www.info.ea.com.
Electronic Arts, Westwood Studios, Command & Conquer, Tiberian Sun, Red Alert, Blade Runner, Monopoly, Lands of Lore, Command & Conquer Renegade, Earth and Beyond, Westwood Online, EA SPORTS, EA SPORTS BIG and EA GAMES are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. EA.COM is a service mark of EA.com Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About MadOnion.com™
MadOnion.com™ is the leading provider of PC benchmark software and performance information services. MadOnion.com™ is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® Series and Video2000 (with more than 26 million copies distributed, worldwide). MadOnion.com™ has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit www.madonion.com

About NVidia
NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq - NVDA), located in Santa Clara, CA, is the global leader in advanced graphics and multimedia processing technology for the consumer and professional computing markets. Its 2D, 3D, video and multimedia capabilities make NVIDIA one of the premier semiconductor companies in the world. NVIDIA offers a wide range of products and services, delivering superior performance and crisp visual quality for PC-based applications such as manufacturing, science, e-business, entertainment and education.

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