Press releases from December 2003


BAPCo® RELEASES SYSmark® 2004

December 15, 2003 - -



BAPCo® RELEASES SYSmark® 2004



The latest version of the premier PC performance metric



Burlingame, California – December, 15th, 2003 – The latest version of the premier performance metric that measures and compares PC performance based on real world applications was released today by the Business Application Performance Corporation or BAPCo®, a non-profit consortium of leading computer industry publications, independent testing labs, PC hardware manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers and software publishers.
SYSmark® 2004 extends the SYSmark family of productivity benchmarks, which have been widely accepted by IT Managers, PC OEMs, press and analysts worldwide. It represents a ground-up development, featuring new user driven workloads and usage models developed by application experts using the applications in manners which reflect current and emerging computing trends.
SYSmark 2004 is used by PC OEMs, hardware and software developers, IT departments, system integrators, publishers and testing labs as well as Information technologists and computer industry analysts.
SYSmark 2004 is an application-based benchmark that reflects usage patterns of business users in the areas of Internet Content Creation and Office Productivity and utilizes the following applications:

Internet Content Creation:
Adobe® After Effects® 5.5
Adobe® Photoshop® 7.01
Adobe® Premiere® 6.5
Discreet® 3ds max™ 5.1
Macromedia® Dreamweaver® MX
Macromedia® Flash MX
Microsoft® Windows Media® Encoder 9 Series
Network Associates® McAfee® VirusScan® 7.0
WinZip Computing WinZip® 8.1
   Office Productivity:
Adobe® Acrobat® 5.0.5
Microsoft® Access 2002
Microsoft® Excel 2002
Microsoft® Internet Explorer 6
Microsoft® Outlook® 2002
Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2002
Microsoft® Word 2002
Network Associates® McAfee® VirusScan® 7.0
ScanSoft® Dragon Naturally Speaking® 6 Preferred
WinZip Computing WinZip® 8.1

BAPCo’s SYSmark® 2004 builds upon its predecessors utilizing the strongest and broadest development team in PC benchmark history. BAPCo’s depth of membership represents the breadth of the computing industry and harnesses a consortium of experts.

BAPCo’s SYSmark 2004 Software and Hardware Requirements:
BAPCo’s SYSmark 2004 supports Windows® XP (Professional and Home) and Windows® 2000 (with Service Pack 4). SYSmark 2004 requires 256 MB RAM. A CPU frequency of 650 MHz (or comparable rating) or above and 7.0 GB Free hard disk space. SYSmark 2004 also requires an integrated or add-in sound card and a DVD ROM drive. SYSmark supports the following non-English languages: Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.
SYSmark 2004 is distributed by Futuremark, a leading provider of PC performance benchmarking software and web services.

Ordering Information:
BAPCo’s SYSmark 2004 is available for $399.95 USD. Please visit http://www.bapco.com/store.html for further details and to place an order.

About BAPCo®
The Business Applications Performance Corporation (BAPCo) is a non-profit consortium of leading computer industry publications, independent testing labs, PC hardware manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers and software publishers. Current BAPCo membership includes: AMD, ARCintuition Inc, ATi Technologies Inc, CNET Labs, Computer Shopper, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Toshiba, VNU Business Publications Limited (UK) and ZDNet.

About Our Distributor, Futuremark® Corporation
Futuremark® Corporation, formerly known as MadOnion.com™, is the leading provider of computer performance analysis software and services. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® Series and PCMark™2002 (with more than 30 million copies distributed worldwide) and value-added services powered by a database of over 10 million real life benchmarking results. Futuremark® has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com.

Contact Details:
For more information, visit www.bapco.com
BAPCo press Inquiries:
press@bapco.com
BAPCo Membership information and support:
John Peterson
BAPCo
Operations Manager
Phone: +1-408-988-7654
john_peterson@bapco.com
Site Licensing:
sales@bapco.com

Individual ordering:
Tero Sarkkinen
Futuremark
Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Phone: +1-408-517-0131
tero@futuremark.com

*BAPCo and SYSmark are registered trademarks of the Business Applications Performance Corporation. MobileMark is a trademark of the Business Applications Performance Corporation. Futuremark is a registered trademark of Futuremark. All other names mentioned are trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective companies

Futuremark® Service Deployed for Windows XP Game Advisor

December 2, 2003 - -



Futuremark® Service Deployed for Windows XP Game Advisor



Customers Can Easily Select the Right Game for Their Windows XP PC



Saratoga, California USA – December 2nd, 2003 – Futuremark Corporation announced today that its Windows XP Game Advisor has been launched by Microsoft on the Windows XP website. The tool helps Windows XP users determine which games will run on their PC, and then select the perfect game for themselves, family or friends.
In addition to allowing consumers to filter games by genre and age group, the Windows XP Game Advisor provides unbiased performance comparisons that will aid consumers to determine which games will perform best on their computers, before they go to the store -- and even print or e-mail a shopping list of just the right games. The site also will filter games according to Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) age categories so that only appropriate games are recommended for users within specific age groups.
"Windows XP is the best platform for PC gaming today, and these tools make it even easier for millions of gamers of all types to find, enjoy and extend their gaming experience," said Dean Lester, general manager of the Windows Graphics and Gaming Technologies Division at Microsoft Corp. "The Windows XP Game Advisor is a fast, easy-to-use Web site resource that will help consumers pick just the right titles for gamers on their gift list this holiday season.”
While the users of the service enjoy of a smooth and engaging online experience, its inner working is very elaborate and unique. The service scans the user’s PC hardware configuration and then forms a performance estimate based on Futuremark’s PC performance database comprising of over 10 million records of 3DMark® and PCMark™ benchmark results. This estimation is then compared to the gaming performance requirements of over 100 game titles, including blockbusters from publishers such as Atari, EA, Square Enix and others. The service also has a component-level review feature, which lets users drill deeper into the technical detail of their PCs.
“It is with great pleasure that we announce this service, because we know it will be such an invaluable resource for anyone who wants or needs to purchase a game for their PC. We’re happy to create this great tool that guides customers to find the best games, which they can play on their PC. This results in happier customers and fewer costly product returns for game publishers”, said Tero Sarkkinen, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Futuremark.
In order to use this unique service, please visit: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/games/gameadvisor/default.asp

Note to Editors
To download high-resolution screenshots of the WindowsXP Game Advisor, go to http://www.futuremark.com/pressroom/pictures/?gameadvisor or contact us via email marketing@futuremark.com.

About Futuremark® Corporation
Futuremark® Corporation is the leading provider of computer performance analysis software and services. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® Series and PCMark™ (with more than 30 million copies distributed worldwide) and value-added services powered by a database of over 10 million real life benchmarking results. Futuremark® has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com.

© 2003 Futuremark® Corporation. 3DMark® and PCMark™ trademarks and logos, Futuremark® character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective companies.

Company Contacts:
Futuremark Corporation
Mr. Tero Sarkkinen
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
+1-408-517-0131
tero@futuremark.com

Agency Contact:
TechWire International
Leo Pot
+1-831-429-6288
information@ezwire.com

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