Press releases from January 2005


Futuremark® Announces Updates for 3DMark®03, 3DMark®05 and PCMark®04

January 26, 2005 - -


Futuremark® Announces Updates for 3DMark®03, 3DMark®05 and PCMark®04



Addresses Vulnerabilities and Ensures Objective Performance Measurements with Latest Hardware & Drivers



Saratoga, California USA – January 26, 2005 – Futuremark Corporation announced today the immediate availability of updates to its 3DMark03, 3DMark05 and PCMark04 suites of benchmark software. 3DMark is the worldwide standard tool for easily and objectively measuring and comparing DirectX 3D performance of Windows based PCs. PCMark04 is a state-of-the-art home user performance analysis tool and has been widely adopted; over 2 million copies have been distributed since launched in November 2003.
Available immediately, free downloadable software updates provide the only valid versions 3.6.0 of 3DMark03, version 1.2.0 of 3DMark05 and version 1.3.0 of PCMark04. Only scores obtained through the new versions and with approved drivers will be used in official statistics, comparisons and services provided by Futuremark.
Technical Details Associated with 3DMark05 Patch (Build 1.2.0):
  • Benchmark scores do not change between build 1.2.0 and build 1.1.0, except when the system is influenced by the changes listed below;
  • Updated System Info module with support for the latest CPU and graphics hardware;
  • GeForce FX-series now use VS2.a as default;
  • Modified anisotropic texture filtering settings to ensure that all hardware performs the desired amount of filtering when anisotropic filtering is selected from the benchmark settings;
  • Updated version of the Entech library, which is used to detect the clock frequency of the graphics chip core and memory;
  • Improved compatibility for graphics cards with 128MB of video memory when using Anti-Aliasing;
  • Various fixes & corrections to Image Quality Tools;
  • Fixed all reported & reproduced bugs;
  • Possible result vulnerability has been blocked
Technical Details Associated with 3DMark03 Patch (Build 3.6.0):
  • Benchmark scores do not change between the build 3.6.0 and build 3.5.0;
  • Updated System Info module with support for the latest CPU and graphics hardware;
  • Updated version of the Entech library, which is used to detect the clock frequency of the graphics chip core and memory;
  • Requires Microsoft DirectX 9.0c End-User Runtime;
  • Fixed all reported & reproduced bugs;
  • Possible result vulnerability has been blocked
Technical Details Associated with PCMark04 Patch (Build 1.3.0):
  • Benchmark scores do not change between the build 1.3.0 and build 1.2.0;
  • Updated System Info module with support for the latest CPU and graphics hardware;
  • Updated version of the Entech library, which is used to detect the clock frequency of the graphics chip core and memory;
  • Fixed all reported & reproduced bugs;
  • Possible result vulnerability has been blocked
Download
Futuremark’s official mirrors carry free updates for current 3DMark03, 3Dmark05 and PCMark04 users. A list of official mirrors can be found at http://www.futuremark.com/download/.

Note to Editors
For your free evaluation copy of 3DMark03, 3DMark05 or PCMark04, please email mailto:marketing@futuremark.com?subject=SoftwareEval and tell us the publication that you represent.

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 11 million real life benchmarking results. Futuremark® maintains offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com.
© 2005 Futuremark® Corporation. 3DMark®, PCMark® and SPMark™ trademarks and logos, Futuremark® character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. DirectX is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S.A. and/or other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective companies.

Futuremark Contact:
Futuremark Corporation
Phone: +1-408-517-0131
Mr. Tero Sarkkinen
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Email: tero@futuremark.com
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Futuremark® Provides Enhanced Features for Microsoft’s Windows XP Game Advisor

January 3, 2005 - -


Futuremark® Provides Enhanced Features for Microsoft’s Windows XP Game Advisor



Customers Can Now Select the Right Games for their Windows XP PC and Compare Computer Performance of Leading PC Manufacturer’s Systems



Saratoga, California USA – January 3, 2005 – Futuremark® Corporation announced today that it has delivered enhanced performance analysis services to Microsoft for the Windows XP Game Advisor. The additional features launched today include the ability to quickly compare and evaluate game performance on systems offered by various leading PC Manufacturers. Since its launch on Microsoft’s Windows XP website in December last year, the service has been used by over 1 million gamers.
The tool helps Windows users determine which games will run on their PC and select the perfect games 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 aid consumers in determining 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 filters games according to Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) age categories so that only appropriate games are recommended for users within specific age groups.
Alienware, Dell and HP are the first PC manufacturers to have their current systems incorporated into the enhanced Windows XP Game Advisor. The service compares users’ PC performances with featured PC systems and shows gamers how 200 of the hottest PC game titles will perform on their own PC versus those of the manufacturer’s offerings.
“Consumers are looking for an easy way to find the right computer game, and to make sure it will work on their computer. The Windows XP Game Advisor has filled this need” said Lisa Sikora, Microsoft group product manager, Windows Gaming. “And now the Game Advisor delivers information on how to improve the game playing experience with a new computer from one of several major manufacturers”.
“Futuremark takes great pride in being the supplier of the Windows XP Game Advisor service to Microsoft and we are thrilled to see how well it is being received by consumers” said Tero Sarkkinen, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Futuremark. “Numbers speak for themselves; 1 million customers so far proves that there is great demand for tools like this that help both gamers and gamers-to-be in their purchasing decisions. Microsoft is doing a great service for all gamers by providing this tool.” Sarkkinen continued.
In order to use this unique service, please visit: www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/games/gameadvisor/default.asp

Note to Editors
To download high-resolution screenshots of the Windows XP Game Advisor, go to 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®, PCMark® and SPMark™ 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.


Futuremark Contact:
Futuremark Corporation
Phone: +1-408-517-0131
Mr. Tero Sarkkinen
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Email: tero@futuremark.com
   Agency Contact:
TechWire International
Phone: +1-831-429-6288
Leo Pot
Email: information@ezwire.com


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