Press releases from March 2001


MADONION.COM RELEASES 3DMark2001

March 13, 2001 - -


MADONION.COM RELEASES 3DMark2001 First 3D benchmark that supports DirectX®8, featuring new playable game demo Toronto, Ontario - March 13, 2001 - MadOnion.com, a leading provider of PC performance information and web services, today released 3DMark2001. Combining DirectX 8 support with the latest in 3D graphics, 3DMark2001 objectively measures how effectively a PC runs 3D graphics applications and provides users with benchmark results that allow them to make informed hardware assessments and upgrades. 3DMark2001 runs a wide range of tests to measure both overall 3D performance and theoretical speed, analyzing and displaying all system specifications from the driver versions to the exact hardware components of the PC. In addition to providing detailed benchmark results, 3DMark2001 compares the performance of the PC against a Performance Database containing over 2 million diagnostic system results. This allows users to compare their own results with data submitted by other users from around the world. The Professional Edition of 3DMark2001 also features a playable game demo where users can actually play the first benchmark test scene. This feature was included as a direct result of suggestions and feedback collected from MadOnion.com's global base of users. "Since the release of the first version of 3DMark in 1998, we've been continually striving to improve our benchmarks to help gamers from around the world maximize their experiences and PC performance," said Nathan Harley, Vice President, Marketing, MadOnion.com. "3DMark2001 meets this goal by supporting DirectX 8 and providing detailed 3D performance measurements for existing systems and developing challenging, new tests for current, cutting-edge hardware, as well as technologies yet to be released." Important New Features of 3DMark2001 * Support for Microsoft DirectX®8 * 3 new game tests plus a fourth game test using DirectX®8 hardware accelerated features* (A fully DX8 compliant 3D accelerator is required for running this test.) * DirectX®8 feature tests showing Vertex Shaders, Pixel Shaders and Point Sprites * DOT3 and Environment Mapped Bump Mapping tests * Support for texture compression * Full Scene Anti-aliasing (FSAA) * An awesome new demo, which features an original soundtrack and is guaranteed to push your system to its outermost limits * An interactive game demo of one of the game tests * ResultBrowser2001 for easy analysis of your benchmark results * New Online ResultBrowser * Batch Run Wizard and Batch Run Command Line Automation * Image Quality Tests Pricing and Availability 3DMark2001 will be available for free public download from www.MadOnion.com at 4pm PST today (March 13, 2001). All existing 3DMark2000 PRO licenses can be upgraded for $24.95 USD. For further 3DMark-related information, please refer to www.MadOnion.com. In addition to the full and comprehensive online benchmarking features in 3DMark2001, MadOnion.com has also released the enhanced commercial Professional Edition of 3DMark2001, priced at $39.95 USD, created for benchmarking professionals with more demanding measurement needs. The enhanced features of the PRO version include: · ResultBrowser2001 · Easy-to-use program for advanced result comparisons · Image Quality Testing with Reference Images · Batch Run Wizard to run multiple resolutions and color depths more easily · Batch Run Command Line Automation · Bonus: A playable game demo based on Game Test #1 About MadOnion.com MadOnion.com is a leading provider of PC performance information and web services. Powered by an Internet-based engine, MadOnion.com is known around the world for its benchmark products and information services including, the 3DMark Series (most recently with 3DMark2001) and Video2000, as well as the BAPCo/MadOnion.com products WebMark2001 and the SYSmark Series (including the upcoming SYSmark2001). MadOnion.com has offices in San Jose, Toronto and Helsinki. For more information, please visit www.MadOnion.com. 3DMark and MadOnion.com are trademarks of MadOnion.com Ltd. MAX-FX TechnologyT is a trademark of Remedy Entertainment, Ltd. All other brands and names are property of their respective holders. For more information please refer to http://www.MadOnion.com or contact: Nathan Harley Vice President, Marketing MadOnion.com nathan@MadOnion.com, Or Heather Steele High Road Communications 416-368-8348 hsteele@highroad.com Sales information: Tero Sarkkinen Chief Commercial Officer MadOnion.com tero@MadOnion.com

MadOnion closes its round of funding

March 13, 2001 - -


MadOnion closes its round of funding Espoo, Finland - March 13, 2001 - MadOnion, a leading provider of PC benchmark software and performance information services, has successfully completed its round of financing totaling EUR 2 million. The funding is provided by the current investors Conventum Oyj and Nexit Ventures. The new capital will enable MadOnion to continue research and development of PC performance information and web services such as 3DMark benchmarking software and Recommendation Engine purchasing tool. "Since 1997, we've been continually striving to improve our benchmarks to help gamers around the world maximize their gaming experiences and PC performance. This round of funding secures our position to continue intense R&D and at the same time accelerate licensing sales of Recommendation Engine technology in the international markets", said Aki Järvilehto, CEO of MadOnion. About MadOnion MadOnion is a leading provider of PC benchmark software and performance information services. Powered by an Internet-based engine, MadOnion is known around the world for its benchmark products including, the 3DMark Series and Video2000, as well as the BAPCo/MadOnion products WebMark2001 and the SYSmark Series. MadOnion has offices in Helsinki and San Jose. For more information, please visit www.madonion.com. About Conventum A leading Finnish investment bank Conventum offers investment banking services to large and medium-sized Finnish companies, institutional investors and private persons. The majority of the companies in Conventum's venture capital portfolio are in the fast growth stage and their research and product development costs are high. Conventum Group's income from investment services in 2000 was EUR 39.6 million and operating profit was EUR 19.9 million. For more information, please visit www.conventum.com About Nexit Ventures Nexit Ventures is a venture capital firm that focuses on companies developing the enabling technologies for next-generation applications and services. Nexit's portfolio companies are the emerging leaders in the convergence of computing, the Internet, and wireless communications. The fund, EUR 100 million, is sourced from a broad pool of prominent investors and leading specialists in the infocom industry. The majority of the investors are based in Scandinavia, central Europe, the United States and Asia. This global fund structure benefits the portfolio companies by offering greater access to international markets. For more information, please visit www.nexitventures.com

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