Press releases from December 2011


Futuremark® Releases Powermark™

December 13, 2011 - -


Futuremark® Releases Powermark™
Battery Life Test For Windows 7

Powermark Professional Benchmark Tests Battery Life and Power Consumption of Notebooks, Laptops, Tablets, and Windows 7 Devices.


HELSINKI, FINLAND – DECEMBER 13, 2011 – Futuremark®, the world leader in performance benchmarking software and services, today expanded its product line with Powermark™ a new battery life and power consumption test for Windows 7 notebooks, laptops, tablets and other battery powered devices. Powermark is a professional grade benchmark designed for industrial testing of battery powered Windows 7 devices by OEMs, corporations and governments. It includes a convenient set of standard tests based on productivity and entertainment use-case scenarios, as well as allowing custom settings for bespoke testing requirements. Powermark Professional Edition commercial licenses start at $200 for 10 activations. For further details and to purchase Powermark please visit http://www.futuremark.com/powermark/

Jukka Mäkinen, CEO of Futuremark said,

"Battery life is critical to delivering a positive user experience. Powermark helps PC industry OEMs and their suppliers strike a balance between performance and power consumption by providing a consistent, accurate and reliable testing and measurement tool created with Futuremark’s deep experience in quality benchmarking software."

Powermark - battery life test for Windows 7 devices from Futuremark

  • Accurately measure the battery life of Windows 7 devices.
  • Choose convenient scenario tests or create your own custom settings.
  • Designed for professional test lab environments.
  • Licensed for commercial use.

Powermark is only available for business customers at this time. For further details and to purchase Powermark please visit http://www.futuremark.com/powermark/


ABOUT FUTUREMARK®

Futuremark® Corporation creates the world's most popular benchmarks and PC performance tests. Futuremark's free 3DMark®, PCMark® and Peacekeeper™ tests have helped millions of people measure and improve their PCs' performance for games, media, applications and the web. Futuremark Games Studio creates original games with new and entertaining gameplay. The studio is currently developing Unstoppable Gorg for PC, Xbox LIVE® Arcade and iPad®. Futuremark has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. http://www.futuremark.com/

© 2011 Futuremark® Corporation. Futuremark® and Powermark™ trademarks and logos, 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.

CONTACTS

Europe and rest of world:
Jukka Mäkinen, CEO, Futuremark
Phone: +358 20 759 8250 (GMT +2)
Email: jukka at futuremark dot com

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



Unstoppable Gorg™ - New Trailer Reveals Revolutionary Tower Defense Gameplay

December 9, 2011 - -


Unstoppable Gorg™ - New Trailer Reveals Revolutionary Tower Defense Gameplay

Innovative Tower Defense Game Combines Orbital Gameplay with Nostalgic Narrative


HELSINKI, FINLAND - DECEMBER 9, 2011 - Get ready to experience a revolution in tower defense when Futuremark® Games Studio brings Unstoppable Gorg™ to PC, Xbox LIVE Arcade and iPad in early 2012. A new trailer and screenshots released today showcase the unique orbital gameplay in Unstoppable Gorg, an upcoming tower defense game that challenges you to defend the solar system from fearsome aliens by sending satellites into orbit. Unlike other tower defense games, in Unstoppable Gorg you can move your towers by rotating the orbits that surround planets, moons and space stations. It's a new gameplay experience that teleports the tower defense genre into unimagined territory.

Unstoppable Gorg - revolutionary tower defense gameplay trailer

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT1JFIJdFl0&hd=1

Screenshots, key art and 720p trailer

http://www.unstoppablegorg.com/presskit.zip

Unstoppable Gorg is a lovingly crafted homage to vintage sci-fi films from the 1950s. Flying saucers, rubbery aliens, dodgy effects, it's got it all. The game's story scenes were shot on film using models, miniatures and live action actors and then edited together with genuine archive footage to create a classic sci-fi experience that is out of this world.

Jaakko Haapasalo, Head of Futuremark Games Studio, who also plays the role of Radiant Beem in the game, said,

"With Unstoppable Gorg, we embraced the film techniques used in the golden age of sci-fi to create an authentic visual style that has never been seen in a game before. It's the difference between the Star Wars films that people love, with their special effects created with models, and the unpopular prequels with their heavy-handed CGI. "

The vintage sci-fi style trailer gives the first glimpse of the three diabolical alien leaders hell-bent on destroying Earth:

Gorg
Earth's arch nemesis, the vile and vicious King Gorg, is played by Jani Joki, head of Futuremark's benchmark team. Gorg's head was constructed from an old gas mask and a cycling helmet, see how in this 'making of' photo diary: http://imgur.com/a/Tg3D9#0

Radiant Beem
The towering metal leader of the Sunbots is played by Jaakko Haapaslo, head of Futuremark Games Studio. The robot suit was built from bits and pieces from IKEA, see how in this 'making of' photo diary: http://imgur.com/a/Kx8r2#0

Sereia
The seductive temptress Sereia is played by LouLou D'vil, Finland's premier burlesque dancer. Her exotic beauty, blazing eyes and passionate charisma have made her one of the brightest performance artists in Europe. Can you resist her? http://www.louloudvil.com

Unstoppable Gorg will be released on PC, Xbox LIVE Arcade and iPad in early 2012. Follow Unstoppable Gorg on Facebook for behind the scenes footage and photos, dev diaries, giveaways and more Sereia. http://www.facebook.com/unstoppablegorg/


Futuremark Games Studio

Futuremark® Games Studio was formed in January 2008 to create original games with new and entertaining gameplay. The independent studio's releases include Hungribles™, a skill shot puzzle game for iPhone® and iPad® and Shattered Horizon, a zero gravity FPS for PC. The studio is currently developing Unstoppable Gorg for PC, Xbox LIVE® Arcade and iPad® and has one further unannounced title in development. Futuremark has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. http://www.futuremark.com

Contact

Jaakko Haapasalo, Director
Futuremark Games Studio
Telephone: +358 20 759 8250 (GMT+2)
Email: jhaapasa at futuremark dot com

© 2011 Futuremark® Corporation. Futuremark® Games Studio and Unstoppable Gorg™ trademarks and logos, character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Apple and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.



Test Any Browser on Any Device With Peacekeeper™ Browser Test

December 1, 2011 - -


Test Any Browser on Any Device With Peacekeeper™ Browser Test

HTML5 Test Reveals The Winners and Losers in Browser Wars


HELSINKI, FINLAND – DECEMBER 1, 2011 – Futuremark®, the world leader in performance benchmarking software, today released the latest version of Peacekeeper™, its free to use browser speed test. Peacekeeper has been rebuilt to take advantage of the latest HTML5 standards and can now be used to measure and compare the performance of any browser on any Internet capable device, from desktops and notebooks, to tablets and smartphones. http://peacekeeper.futuremark.com/

COMPARING BROWSERS WITH PEACEKEEPER

The new Peacekeeper offers an easy and accurate way to compare browsers on any Internet capable device, from desktops and notebooks, to tablets and smartphones.

Browsers ranked by performance on a Windows PC with an Intel Core i7-2600K processor (higher scores are better)

  1. Chrome 15.0.874.121 – Peacekeeper score 4720
  2. Opera 11.52 – score 4318
  3. Firefox 8.0.1 – score 2554
  4. Internet Explorer 9.0 – score 2471
  5. Safari 5.0.5 – score 1752

Browsers ranked by performance on a 15'' MacBook Pro (early 2011) with an Intel Core i7-2720QM processor (higher scores are better)

  1. Chrome 15.0.874.121 – Peacekeeper score 3660
  2. Opera 11.52 – score 2747
  3. Firefox 8.0.1 – score 2033
  4. Safari 5.0.5 – score 1861

COMPARING DEVICES WITH PEACEKEEPER

For devices where the user cannot change the browser, for example some smartphones and tablets, Peacekeeper offers a straightforward way to compare the performance of competing devices. As a device's browser performance is strongly linked to the power of its CPU, comparing Peacekeeper scores can be an excellent way to evaluate competing devices.

Popular devices ranked by browser performance (higher scores are better)

  1. Apple iPad 2 – Peacekeeper score 374
  2. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – score 359
  3. Acer Iconia W500 – score 343
  4. Apple iPhone 4S – score 312
  5. Samsung Galaxy S2 – score 255
  6. LG Optimus 7 E900 – score 96

WINNERS AND LOSERS IN TWO AND A HALF YEARS OF BROWSER WARS

  • 2.6 million results submitted since Peacekeeper launched in March 2009.
  • 3140 different browser versions tested.
  • Safari was fastest when Peacekeeper launched. It is now the slowest on Windows and Mac.
  • IE has shown the greatest improvement with an average score increase of almost 450%.
  • Safari has shown the least improvement, just 160% faster in two years on Windows systems.
  • Firefox is most popular with Peacekeeper users, accounting for almost 30% of all results.
  • Chrome has held the title of fastest browser since May 2009 but Opera is closing the gap.

Peacekeeper offers a simple and easy way to compare any browser on any device. The free service generates publicly available performance data for a huge range of browsers, devices and operating systems.

Try Peacekeeper now by visiting http://peacekeeper.futuremark.com/


INFORMATION FOR EDITORS

Peacekeeper measures browser performance by testing JavaScript functionality. JavaScript is a widely used programming language used in the creation of modern websites to provide features such as animation, navigation, forms and other common requirements. By measuring a browser’s ability to handle commonly used JavaScript functions Peacekeeper can evaluate its performance. Peacekeeper scores are not influenced by Internet connection speed or latency.

Peacekeeper takes 5 minutes to run during which time it evaluate the browser's performance with a rendering test, WebGl test, HTML5 video test, HTML5 canvas test, HTML5 web worker test, data manipulation tests, DOM operations test and text parsing tests. For more detailed explanations of these tests see the FAQ: http://peacekeeper.futuremark.com/faq.action

Peacekeeper scores are in operations per second or rendered frames per second depending on the test. When browser X scores twice as much as browser Y on the same device it means that for a given test either:

  • X ran twice as many operations as Y in the same time period
  • Or X ran the test in half the time as Y
  • Or X rendered the test with twice the frame rate of Y

In plain language, by choosing a browser with a high Peacekeeper score you are ensuring a faster and smoother web experience within the limits of your Internet connection speed. When choosing between devices, such as tablets or smart-phones, a higher Peacekeeper score indicates a more powerful and faster CPU.


About Futuremark® Corporation

Futuremark® Corporation creates the world's most popular benchmarks and PC performance tests. Futuremark's free 3DMark®, PCMark® and Peacekeeper™ tests have helped millions of people measure and improve their PCs' performance for games, media, applications and the web. Futuremark Games Studio creates original games with new and entertaining gameplay. The studio is currently developing Unstoppable Gorg for PC, Xbox LIVE® Arcade and iPad®. Futuremark has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. http://www.futuremark.com/

© 2011 Futuremark® Corporation. Futuremark® and Peacekeeper™ trademarks and logos, 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.

CONTACTS

Europe and rest of world:
Jukka Mäkinen, CEO, Futuremark
Phone: +358 20 759 8250 (GMT +2)
Email: jukka at futuremark dot com

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



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