Press releases from June 2005


Futuremark Releases PCMark®05

June 28, 2005 - -


Futuremark Releases PCMark®05


Third Generation PC Gauge Defines the New Performance Standard



Saratoga, California USA – June 28, 2005 – With today's launch of PCMark05, Futuremark furthers its leading position as the benchmark software provider of choice for the PC industry, IT managers, IT media and consumers. PCMark05 is a totally new product and features the most advanced workloads, including HD video transcoding, digital music encoding, advanced threading and trace-based hard disk performance tests.
PCMark05 enables truly objective performance comparisons between the latest PC platforms and architectures and supports all the latest technologies. PCMark05 features tests with advanced threading which enable accurate benchmarking of the latest PCs with multi-core and hyper-threaded CPUs.
As with all Futuremark products, PCMark05 was produced in close cooperation with Futuremark's Benchmark Development Program (BDP). Companies participating in PCMark BDP during PCMark05 development were: AMD, Dell, Intel, Microsoft and NVIDIA.
PCMark05 supports the complete benchmark cycle – starting from benchmarking a PC, viewing the resulting benchmark details, comparing the results to those of others and finally providing means for analyzing how to improve the PC's performance. PCMark05 produces highly reliable and detailed benchmarking results with a simple, intuitive user interface. An integrated Online ResultBrowser allows instant results comparison against more than 12 million benchmark results in Futuremark's ever increasing performance database.
PCMark05 features tools for both system and component level benchmarking. System level benchmarking produces a measure of the PC's overall performance. It is a single number that is easily comparable to that of other PCs. However, advanced users and professional testers may want to further explore the performance of individual components such as the CPU, the memory, the graphics subsystem, and the hard disk. Component level benchmarking helps them to isolate the performance of individual components, exposing their strengths and weaknesses. PCMark05 even includes the ability to create custom benchmarks by putting together tests tailored to specific needs.

Key User Benefits of PCMark05:
  • Easy to Use: Easy to use for both novice users, benchmarking professionals, industry vendors and press labs;
  • Complete Benchmarking Cycle: Benchmark a PC, view the resulting benchmark details, compare the results to those of others, and finally analyze how to improve the PC's performance;
  • System and Component Performance: Expose both overall system performance as well as isolate performance of individual PC components;
  • Integrated Online ResultBrowser: Instantly compare results to the world's largest database of performance data with global validation.
PCMark05 Test Suites:
  • System Test Suite: Extensive collection of application-based tests that are relevant in typical home use of a PC; tasks include hard disk drive access, video encoding, audio compression, 2D user interface tasks, 2D graphics memory access, web page rendering, file decryption and encryption, memory access and text editing.
  • CPU Test Suite: Includes tests that isolate the performance of the CPU; tasks include file compression and decompression, file encryption and decryption, audio compression and decompression and image decompression;
  • Memory Performance Testing: Tests measure the performance of the memory subsystem; these tasks include reading, writing and copying access to data blocks in the L1 cache, L2 cache, and main memory as well as latency tests;
  • Graphics Test Suite: Tests measure both 2D and 3D graphics performance of the PC. 2D tasks measure moving and transparent 2D dialog performance, graphics memory performance and video playback performance. 3D tasks exercise pixel shader, vertex shader, fill rate and polygon throughput capabilities for the graphics subsystem;
  • Hard Disk Drive Test Suite: Uses disk activity traces from real-life tasks; these tests isolate the performance of the hard disk drive. Disk activities measured include Windows® XP startup, application loading, file writing, virus scanning and general disk usage.
Pricing and Availability
PCMark05 is immediately available in three versions. For private home usage there are two versions: PCMark05 Basic, a freeware version with limited functionality and PCMark05 Advanced ($19.95) with extended functionality. For professional and business usage, PCMark05 Professional ($199.95) provides full functionality and additional features enabling test automation. The software are available from http://www.futuremark.com/products/pcmark05/.

Note to Editors
For your free evaluation copy of PCMark05, please email mailto:marketing@futuremark.com?subject=PCMark05Eval and tell us the publication that you represent.

About Futuremark® Corporation
Futuremark® Corporation is the leading provider of performance analysis software and services for PCs and smartphones. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® and PCMark® Series and SPMark™ (with more than 30 million copies distributed worldwide) and value-added services powered by a database of over 12 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. 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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Microsoft Windows Game Advisor 3.0 Launches

June 21, 2005 - -


Microsoft Windows Game Advisor 3.0 Launches


Brand New Game Advisor uses Futuremark Technology to offer enhanced features – Users can now post reviews and check out comments from gamers



Looking for exciting Windows titles that are a perfect match for you and your computer? Futuremark is proud to announce that the Microsoft Windows Game Advisor 3.0 is now available at http://www.windowsgaming.com. Taking the guesswork out of choosing new Windows computer games, the Game Advisor is a powerful Web-based tool that sorts through a variety of genres and age-group choices to present the best matches for gamers of all levels, and with one click, determines if a game will run on the user's computer.
The Windows Game Advisor 3.0 offers several new features designed to make choosing a game simple and fun. By popular demand, the Game Advisor now lets users review and rate their favorite games and search reviews and comments from fellow gamers, creating a valuable community of reliable gaming knowledge. For additional suggestions, the Game Advisor now recommends game titles based on your search history.
Users can search by 10 different genres, five different age ranges, ESRB* ratings and more than 300 titles from 57 game publishers to find games. With so many titles, there's definitely something for everyone – users have viewed millions of games since launch. Users can even create personal accounts to keep track of their favorite games and receive updates on new game content.
Powered by Futuremark technology, the Game Advisor works by scanning the user's PC hardware configuration and estimating performance capabilities based on Futuremark's PC performance database, which includes more than 12 million records of 3DMark® and PCMark® benchmark results. The results are compared to the gaming performance requirements of more than 300 game titles. Futuremark's technology takes the hassle out of determining system requirements, making it easy to find great games for Windows.
"Being the leading provider of performance analysis tools and services, we are delighted to see the continued and ever increasing success of the Windows Game Advisor. As today's launch of Version 3.0 shows, our technology is able to accommodate greatly increased features and functionality," said Tero Sarkkinen, executive vice president of Futuremark.
The Game Advisor makes it simple to find a game to play and check it out in depth or buy a gift for others. It'll test whether the game will run on your Windows PC and give you recommendations to get your PC "game ready" if needed. You can even see how your computer rates against all other Game Advisor users' PCs, or how your computer stacks up to several new computers from OEM partners, including Dell, HP and Alienware.
"For the millions of people who already play games on their Windows PCs and the millions that are just joining the ranks, the Game Advisor is just the tool to ensure a great gaming experience," said Lisa Sikora, group product manager of Microsoft's Windows Gaming. "The Game Advisor has been an amazingly popular feature on our Windowsgaming.com website and thanks to Futuremark, we look forward to offering enhanced features, such as the opportunity for users to post reviews and read other player's comments."

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 Windows Game Advisor, go to http://www.futuremark.com/pressroom/pictures/?gameadvisor3 or contact us via email marketing@futuremark.com?subject=Request_GameAdvisor_Screenshots

About Games for Windows
Games for Windows are built to harness the powerful technology of Windows to provide gamers with the most innovative games possible. Games for Windows utilize the performance and stability of Windows to bring seriously fun gaming to everyone. Reliability, compatibility and the freedom of customization empower gamers to create their own gaming destiny. More information is available at http://www.windowsgaming.com.

About Futuremark® Corporation
Futuremark® Corporation is the leading provider of performance analysis software and services for PCs and smartphones. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® and PCMark® Series and SPMark™ (with more than 30 million copies distributed worldwide) and value-added services powered by a database of over 12 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. All other trademarks are property of their respective companies.

*ESRB, the Entertainment Software Rating Board, is a system that helps parents and other consumers choose the games that are right for their families. ESRB ratings have two parts: rating symbols that suggest what age group the game is best for, and content descriptors that indicate elements in a game that may have triggered a particular rating and/or may be of interest or concern.

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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Symbian Joins Futuremark's Smartphone Benchmark Development Program

June 20, 2005 - -


Symbian Joins Futuremark's Smartphone Benchmark Development Program


Largest smartphone operating system provider also licenses Futuremark source code



Saratoga, CA and Symbian Partner Event, Tokyo, Japan – June 20th, 2005 – Futuremark Corporation, a leading provider of performance-analysis software and services, announced today that Symbian is joining its handheld benchmark development program. In addition, Symbian is licensing source codes for Futuremark's current SPMark04 product and two forthcoming handheld benchmark products.
"Symbian's stamp of approval of Futuremark's Smartphone Benchmark Development is evident in its joining the program," said Tero Sarkkinen, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Futuremark. "Having the world's largest smartphone operating system provider working with us as we define and implement industry standard performance gauges testifies just how important it is for the whole Symbian ecosystem to have unbiased high-quality benchmarks," Sarkkinen added.
Symbian develops Symbian OS™, the market-leading open mobile operating system for advanced mobile phones (also known as smartphones), that is licensed to the world's leading handset manufacturers. . Futuremark Corporation has created industry's first publicly available Symbian OS platform performance test suite, SPMark04. It measures the performance and power efficiency of Symbian OS-based smartphones, and includes OpenGL ES API 3D game scenes, image processing, as well as native Symbian OS applications such as address book and calendar. In addition, Futuremark is currently working on next generation OpenGL ES and mobile Java performance benchmarks.
"As Symbian enters the mass market with Symbian OS smartphones, we are committed to delivering the best possible platform to our customers, who in turn can offer the best possible mobile phone user experience," said Mike Whittingham, director, strategic programs, Symbian Ltd. "Futuremark's products will help Symbian and the Symbian ecosystem delivers the best in class products by offering a standard metric to measure Symbian OS phone performance from which we will all learn." Whittingham added.

About Symbian Ltd
Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS™, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones.
Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world's leading handset manufacturers. The following Symbian OS licensees have Symbian OS-based mobile phones in production and / or in development: Arima, BenQ, Fujitsu for NTT DoCoMo FOMA, LG, Lenovo, Mitsubishi, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Sendo, Sharp, Siemens, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. In the first quarter of 2005, more than 6.75m Symbian OS-based mobile phones were sold worldwide, taking the installed base of Symbian OS phones to more than 32 million.
Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the United States, Europe, Israel and Asia (Bangalore, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo).
For further information about Symbian please see www.symbian.com or email press@symbian.com.

About Futuremark® Corporation
Futuremark® Corporation is the leading provider of performance analysis software and services for PCs and smartphones. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® and PCMark® Series and SPMark™ (with more than 30 million copies distributed worldwide) and value-added services powered by a database of over 12 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. All other trademarks are property of their respective companies.

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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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Velocity Micro Joins Futuremark's PCMark and 3DMark Benchmark Development Programs

June 2, 2005 - -


Velocity Micro Joins Futuremark's PCMark and 3DMark Benchmark Development Programs



Saratoga, CA and Espoo, Finland - June 2, 2005 - Futuremark® Corporation, the most trusted name in computer performance analysis software and services, today announced that Velocity Micro, Inc., a leading provider of ultra performance personal computers, is the newest member of its Benchmark Development Program for PCMark and 3DMark product lines.
Benchmark Development Program (BDP) is Futuremark's cooperative relationship with leading hardware and technology manufacturers aimed at the design of unbiased, high-quality benchmark software. Futuremark provides BDP Members with specifications and pre-production versions of benchmarks and, in turn, evaluates the feedback provided by the Members.
The best benchmark software is an outgrowth of inputs from semiconductor and system companies. As such, Velocity Micro's membership in BDP adds balance by complementing the inputs from the chipmaker side. As a member, Velocity Micro will have access to all confidential 3DMark and PCMark roadmaps, specifications, and benchmark development versions. In addition, its feedback will influence benchmark design and implementation.
"We are delighted that Velocity Micro has joined our Benchmark Development Program. Its participation in our program will greatly benefit all users of independent benchmarks," said Tero Sarkkinen, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Futuremark. "We look forward to Velocity Micro taking an active role in the program and lending a unique perspective to our benchmark development process."
"We're excited to partner with Futuremark on this endeavor," said Randy Copeland, Velocity Micro President & CEO. "We recognize its importance in the benchmarking community and applaud Futuremark's effort in creating standardized benchmarks for the industry."
More info of BDPs: www.futuremark.com/bdp/

About Velocity Micro
Velocity Micro is the premier high-performance personal computer provider in North America. Founded in 1992, Richmond, Va.-based Velocity Micro custom builds award winning gaming, mobile, multimedia, office, and smb solutions. For more information on Velocity Micro, please visit http://www.velocitymicro.com or call, toll-free, (800) 303-7866.
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 12 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. 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
   Agency Contact:
TechWire International
Phone: +1-831-429-6288
Leo Pot
Email: information@ezwire.com


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