Press releases from December 2009


Futuremark Launches GIGABYTE System Builder, Online PC Performance Based Tool for DIY and PC Gamers

December 23, 2009 - -


Futuremark Launches GIGABYTE System Builder, Online PC Performance Based Tool for DIY and PC Gamers


Saratoga, California – December 23rd, 2009 - Futuremark® Corporation today announced a free online based tool utilizing its popular 3DMark® PC benchmark scoring system. The GIGABYTE System Builder provides pre-purchase 3DMark® performance-based information on a wide range of GIGABYTE motherboard and VGA products allowing users to decide ahead of time the type of PC or gaming system they would like to build.

Users select from easy-to-use drop down menus for the latest core system components including CPU, motherboard, and video graphics cards. The GIGABYTE System Builder automatically calculates total MSRP costs and 3DMark performance of the user’s selected hardware build, enabling them to see the cost and performance of their ideal system before purchasing any hardware. Furthermore, the GIGABYTE System Builder provides PC gaming software playability information powered by Futuremark’s Game-o-meter technology enabling users to see which games will play best on their proposed hardware build.

System Builder: http://service.futuremark.com/systembuilder/gigabyte/
Game-o-meter: http://www.yougamers.com/games/

"We recognize the challenge most PC buyers have when deciding how much to spend and what type of performance they should expect, said Jukka Mäkinen VP of Futuremark. We are taking the guess work out of PC buying. Anyone at any budget can confidently make PC purchasing decisions for any PC component combination using the latest CPU, motherboard, and graphic card technology."

"As the market leader in motherboard and VGA design, GIGABYTE has a large range of products catering to many different types of users, from top PC gamers wanting to build the ultimate performance rig, to the general PC enthusiast wanting to get the best value for their money," commented Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at GIGABYTE Technology Co. Ltd. "That is why we are excited to be partnering with Futuremark on the development of the GIGABYTE System Builder utility, making it easier than ever for users to know exactly what sort of performance they can expect from their yet to be built system."

3DMark is a benchmark program from Futuremark that measures the 3D gaming performance capabilities of PCs. 3DMark software has been downloaded more than 45 million times. The 3DMark Vantage edition is currently the world’s most popular benchmark and can be downloaded for free from the Futuremark website. http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/

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 3DMark® (with more than 45 million copies distributed worldwide), PCMark®, SPMark™ and VGMark™ and value-added services powered by the ORB, an online database of over 30 million real life benchmarking results. Futuremark maintains offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com.

© 2009 Futuremark® Corporation. Peacekeeper™, 3DMark®, PCMark®, SPMark™ and VGMark™ trademarks and logos, Futuremark character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation.

Company Contacts

Futuremark Press Room RSS Feed

North America:
Oliver Baltuch, President, Futuremark Inc.
Phone: +1 408 517 0910 (PST)
Email: ollie@futuremark.com

Europe and rest of the world:
Jukka Mäkinen, Head of Futuremark Games Studio
Phone: +358 20 759 8250 (GMT +2)
Email: jukka@futuremark.com



Futuremark® Games Studio Announces Shattered Horizon™ Competition

December 10, 2009 - -


Futuremark® Games Studio Announces Shattered Horizon™ Competition

Contest offers players 16 ways to win PC hardware prizes from sponsors MSI, FSP Group, Enermax and Patriot Memory


Helsinki, Finland – December 10th, 2009 - Futuremark® Games Studio today announced a new community competition for Shattered Horizon™, their PC exclusive multiplayer first-person shooter. The contest starts Monday 14 December and with 16 different challenges over 4 weeks there are plenty of ways for players to win one of the many PC hardware prizes on offer from competition sponsors MSI, FSP Group, Enermax and Patriot Memory. http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/competition/

"With 16 different ways to win this competition gives all Shattered Horizon players a chance to win one of the great prizes on offer, not just those who top the leaderboards," said Jukka Mäkinen, Head of Futuremark Games Studio.

The prize pool includes:

  • MSI Big Bang Trinergy motherboards
  • FSP Group Epsilon 88PLUS 700W power supplies
  • Enermax Apollish Vegas 12cm cooling fans
  • Patriot Memory DDR3 Viper II 'Sector 5' Series memory modules
  • Shattered Horizon t-shirts, sticker packs and Arconaut memberships

For further details of the challenges, prizes and how to take part visit the competition page on the official Shattered Horizon website: http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/competition/

About Shattered Horizon

Shattered Horizon is the innovative first game from Futuremark Games Studio that immerses you in the cold reality of zero gravity combat in space.

  • Multiplayer first-person shooter set in near-Earth space 40 years from now.
  • Experience intense zero gravity combat and complete freedom of movement. Use your rocket pack to fly freely through space then land on any surface.
  • Join your friends in action-packed 32 player battles fighting to control hollowed-out asteroids, huge fragments of Moon rock and the ruined remains of the International Space Station.
  • Four more levels coming soon in the free Moonrise content pack.

Shattered Horizon requires DirectX 10, a DirectX 10 compatible video card, and Windows Vista or Windows 7. There is no support for Windows XP or DirectX 9. Suggested retail price: €19.95 / $19.95 / £14.95 Available now from Steam and the official website: http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/buynow/

Information for Editors

Shattered Horizon Press Kit: http://bit.ly/SH_PressKit
Trailers and screenshots: http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/media/
Box art: http://bit.ly/SH_KeyArt

Competition sponsors

MSI http://www.msi.com/
FSP Group http://www.fsp-group.com/
Enermax http://www.enermax.com/
Patriot Memory http://www.patriotmemory.com/

Keywords and Suggested Tags

Shattered Horizon, Futuremark Games Studio, competition, first-person shooter, FPS, zero gravity, multiplayer, PC, video game, DirectX10, Windows 7, NVIDIA TWIMTBP, MSI, FSP Group, Enermax, Patriot Memory

About Futuremark® Games Studio

Futuremark® Games Studio, wholly owned by Futuremark® Corporation, was formed in January 2008 to create original games with new and entertaining gameplay. Shattered Horizon™ is the studio’s first self-published game. Shattered Horizon is rated Teen by the ESRB and 16+ by PEGI. The game carries the NVIDIA®: The Way It's Meant To Be Played™ seal. Futuremark is based in Helsinki, Finland and maintains a sales office in Saratoga, California. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com.

© 2009 Futuremark® Corporation. Shattered Horizon™ and Futuremark® Games Studio trademarks and logos, Futuremark character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Company Contacts

Futuremark Press Room RSS Feed

Europe and rest of the world:
Jukka Mäkinen, Head of Futuremark Games Studio
Phone: +358 20 759 8250 (GMT +2)
Email: jukka@futuremark.com

North America:
Oliver Baltuch, President, Futuremark Inc.
Phone: +1 408 517 0910 (PST)
Email: ollie@futuremark.com



Futuremark Announces the Winners for the P55 GIGABYTE OverclocKing Competition

December 8, 2009 - -


Futuremark Announces the Winners for the P55 GIGABYTE OverclocKing Competition

Out of Forty Six Thousand Entries, Ten Score Perfect 10K 3DMarks

Saratoga, California – December 7th, 2009 - Futuremark® Corporation today released the final results for their P55 GIGABYTE OverclocKing 2009 contest. Tens of thousands entered, but only 10 contestants managed to score a perfect 10,000 3DMarks.

The Top three scorers in the P55 segment and first three to achieve 10K 3DMarks have each won the Grand Prize Package provided by GIGABYTE, Antec, Kingmax, GlacialTech and Enermax. Thirty daily winners have received the Shattered Horizon Zero-G FPS game as well as all who scored a perfect 10K 3DMarks.

Top Winning P55 3DMark Scores

1st Backspace 35628 3DMarks P55-UD6
2nd Tonis 33710 3DMarks P55-UD6
3rd Goddy 33385 3DMarks P55-UD6

10K 3DMark Scores (how close can you get!)

1st Phil Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor
2nd Goddy Intel i7 870 Processor
3rd Stabias Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
4th Wes Jordan Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor
5th Tsujimoto Intel i5 750 Processor
6th Chi-zu33 Intel i7 860 Processor
7th Pavel Intel i7 975 processor
8th Adam Leskovjan Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
9th Hendra Wijaya Intel i7 860 processor
10th Student Intel Core 2 Duo Processor

“With over 46,000 entries for the Futuremark P55 GIGABYTE OverclocKing competition, GIGABYTE is undoubtedly the motherboard of choice for users wanting to get the highest performance P55 platform,” commented Tim Handley, Deputy Director Marketing Division, GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. “We would like to thank Futuremark for running an amazing competition and especially thank all of the GIGABYTE P55 motherboard owners for submitting their truly impressive 3DMark scores.”

http://www.futuremark.com/community/competitions/gigabyteoverclocking/
Twitter updates: http://twitter.com/yougamergirl

Contestants competed to see who could achieve the highest 3DMark score, a benchmark program from Futuremark that measures the 3D gaming performance capabilities of PCs. 3DMark software has been downloaded more than 45 million times. The 3DMark Vantage edition is currently the world’s most popular benchmark and can be downloaded for free from the Futuremark website. http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/

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 3DMark® (with more than 45 million copies distributed worldwide), PCMark®, SPMark™ and VGMark™ and value-added services powered by the ORB, an online database of over 30 million real life benchmarking results. Futuremark maintains offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com/

© 2009 Futuremark® Corporation. Peacekeeper™, 3DMark®, PCMark®, SPMark™ and VGMark™ trademarks and logos, Futuremark character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation.

Company Contacts

North America:
Oliver Baltuch
President, Futuremark Inc.
Phone: +1 408 517 0910 (PST)
Email: ollie@futuremark.com

Europe and ROW:
Jukka Mäkinen
Vice President, PC Products and Services
Phone: +358 20 759 8250 (GMT +2)
Email: jukka@futuremark.com



Shattered Horizon™ – Dedicated Server Released to Community

December 3, 2009 - -


Shattered Horizon™ – Dedicated Server Released to Community


Helsinki, Finland –December 3, 2009 - Futuremark® Games Studio today released the dedicated server for Shattered Horizon™, their multiplayer first-person shooter played in zero gravity. With dedicated servers PC gamers can choose how they want to play Shattered Horizon and who they want to play with, giving them greater protection from cheats, hackers and griefers and more control over the game's settings. http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/

The release of the dedicated server was accompanied by a minor game update and a new bundle offer from the Futuremark Store that includes Shattered Horizon and 3DMark Vantage Advanced Edition (Futuremark’s DirectX 10 gaming benchmark) together for only $29.95 / €24.95. http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/buynow/

"PC gamers expect dedicated servers in a multiplayer game," said Jaakko Haapasalo, producer. "We have been working closely with selected hosting partners to ensure that the Shattered Horizon dedicated server includes the features that are most important to our community."

Dedicated server features

  • GUI for creating custom level rotations, game settings and player limits.
  • Custom server name, graphic and information URL.
  • Optional password protection for private matches.
  • Remote admin console accessible within Shattered Horizon game client.
  • Configurable auto-team balancing.
  • Configurable auto-kick / ban for team-killers and high-ping connections.
  • Built-in anti-cheat detection with configurable auto-kick / ban.
  • Admin manual kick / ban.
  • Support for VAC.
  • Registered servers can submit player stats and achievements to the official leaderboards (registration is optional and free).
  • LAN game support.
  • Supported operating systems: Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. Note, DirectX 10 is not required for running a Shattered Horizon server.

Players and server hosting companies can download the Shattered Horizon server files now from the "Tools" tab within Steam.

Shattered Horizon Update 1.0.3.6

The release of the server is accompanied by a minor game update.

  • HUD: Ammo count is no longer shown in scoped mode when running silent.
  • HUD: When a player tries to capture a control point that is blocked by an enemy player the word “Blocked” will appear on the HUD.
  • HUD: Chat is now enabled during silent running or while EMPed.
  • Network protocol updated to support new server features.
  • Added console for remote server control.
  • Added "rules" section to in-game server browser, so players can choose servers with or without friendly fire or team auto-balancing for example.
  • Server disconnect messages now include more information about the reason for disconnection for example, kicked for cheating, team-killing or high ping.
  • Bug fix: Improved error handling during start-up logo videos.

About Shattered Horizon

Shattered Horizon is the innovative first game from Futuremark Games Studio that immerses you in the cold reality of zero gravity combat in space.

  • Multiplayer first-person shooter set in near-Earth space 40 years from now.
  • Experience intense zero gravity combat and complete freedom of movement. Use your rocket pack to fly freely through space then land on any surface.
  • Join your friends in action-packed 32 player battles fighting to control hollowed-out asteroids, huge fragments of Moon rock and the ruined remains of the International Space Station.
  • Four more levels coming soon in the free Moonrise content pack.

Shattered Horizon requires DirectX 10, a DirectX 10 compatible video card, and Windows Vista or Windows 7. There is no support for Windows XP or DirectX 9. Suggested retail price: €19.95 / $19.95 / £14.95 Available now from Steam and the official website: http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/buynow

New offer from the Futuremark Store: Shattered Horizon + 3DMark Vantage Advanced Edition value pack only $29.95 / €24.95
http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/buynow

Information for Editors

Shattered Horizon Press Kit: http://bit.ly/SH_PressKit
Trailers and screenshots: http://www.shatteredhorizon.com/media/
Box art: http://bit.ly/SH_KeyArt

Keywords and Suggested Tags

Shattered Horizon, Futuremark Games Studio, dedicated server, first-person shooter, FPS, zero gravity, multiplayer, PC, video game, DirectX10, Windows 7, NVIDIA TWIMTBP

About Futuremark® Games Studio

Futuremark® Games Studio, wholly owned by Futuremark® Games Studio, wholly owned by Futuremark® Corporation, was formed in January 2008 to create original games with new and entertaining gameplay. Shattered Horizon™ is the studio’s first self-published game. Shattered Horizon is rated Teen by the ESRB and 16 by PEGI. The game carries the NVIDIA®: The Way It's Meant To Be Played™ seal. Futuremark is based in Helsinki, Finland and maintains a sales office in Saratoga, California. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com.

© 2009 Futuremark® Corporation. Shattered Horizon™ and Futuremark® Games Studio trademarks and logos, Futuremark character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Company Contacts

Futuremark Press Room RSS Feed

Europe and rest of the world:
Jukka Mäkinen, Head of Futuremark Games Studio
Phone: +358 20 759 8250 (GMT +2)
Email: jukka@futuremark.com

North America:
Oliver Baltuch, President, Futuremark Inc.
Phone: +1 408 517 0910 (PST)
Email: ollie@futuremark.com



GEIL Launches First Ever Memory Detection Meter Powered by 3DMark®

December 3, 2009 - -


GEIL Launches First Ever Memory Detection Meter Powered by 3DMark®


Saratoga, California – December 1st, 2009 - Futuremark® Corporation today announced a new partnership with GEIL Memory allowing auto detection of PC system memory requirements powered by 3DMark® technology.

This performance meter auto detects current system memory usage and recommends GEIL upgrade options based on the users motherboard, CPU, and VGA configuration. http://www.geil.com.tw/configurator

"We’re delighted to be partnering with Futuremark to support PC power users and overclockers everywhere with this new interactive Memory Meter, making memory upgrade selection easy and fun. " said Hank Cheng, Marketing Manager at GEIL.

3DMark is a benchmark program from Futuremark that measures the 3D gaming performance capabilities of PCs. 3DMark software has been downloaded more than 45 million times. The 3DMark Vantage edition is currently the world’s most popular benchmark and can be downloaded for free from the Futuremark website. http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks.

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 3DMark® (with more than 45 million copies distributed worldwide), PCMark®, SPMark™ and VGMark™ and value-added services powered by the ORB, an online database of over 30 million real life benchmarking results. Futuremark maintains offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com.

© 2009 Futuremark® Corporation. Peacekeeper™, 3DMark®, PCMark®, SPMark™ and VGMark™ trademarks and logos, Futuremark character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation.

Company Contacts

Futuremark Press Room RSS Feed

Europe and rest of the world:
Jukka Mäkinen, Head of Futuremark Games Studio
Phone: +358 20 759 8250 (GMT +2)
Email: jukka@futuremark.com

North America:
Oliver Baltuch, President, Futuremark Inc.
Phone: +1 408 517 0910 (PST)
Email: ollie@futuremark.com



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