Press releases from March 2013


GALAXY Overclocking Contest

March 6, 2013


More than $16,000 in prizes to be won!

GALAXY Ice Storm is the first official 3DMark overclocking competition and is sponsored by our friends at GALAXY and KFA2. From March 6 to April 3, overclockers worldwide will compete to submit the highest scores in the new 3DMark Ice Storm, Cloud Gate and Fire Strike benchmark tests. The competition is open to all overclockers using GALAXY or KFA2 brand graphics cards.

Prizes

The contestants with the highest score in each category at the end of the contest will each win a limited edition 3DMark Fire Strike monster statue, faithfully created by 3D printing the original 3D model used in the Fire Strike test. Winners will also be awarded $3,000 USD plus a bonus of $2,000 USD if their score is a new official 3DMark world record at the close of the contest.

Ice Storm category

$3,000 USD top prize for the best 3DMark Ice Storm score from a system with a single CPU and single GPU, limited to GTX 680 and below. There is a bonus prize of $2,000 USD if the winning score is a new 3DMark Ice Storm single GPU world record in the Futuremark Overclocking Hall of Fame at the end of the contest.

Cloud Gate category

$3,000 USD top prize for the best 3DMark Cloud Gate score from a system with a single CPU and single GPU, limited to GTX 680 and below. There is a bonus prize of $2,000 USD if the winning score is a new 3DMark Cloud Gate single GPU world record in the Futuremark Overclocking Hall of Fame at the end of the contest.

Fire Strike category

$3,000 USD top prize for the best 3DMark Fire Strike score. Multiple CPUs and GPUs are allowed, including the GALAXY GeForce GTX TITAN. There is a bonus prize of $2,000 USD if the winning score is a new 3DMark Fire Strike world record in the Futuremark Overclocking Hall of Fame at the end of the contest.

Lucky draw

Twelve lucky people selected at random from qualifying entries will each win a GALAXY GeForce GTX 650 Ti GC graphics card. One lucky person will win a limited edition 3DMark Fire Strike monster statue.'

Enter now

Please visit the GALAXY Ice Storm Overclocking Contest page for the complete list of rules, prize details, leaderboards and details of how to enter.


PCMark 7 version 1.4.0 released

March 4, 2013


PCMark 7 has been updated to version 1.4.0 and is now fully compatible with Windows 8. Please note that benchmark scores ARE affected by the changes in this update.

You should not compare scores from PCMark 7 v1.4.0 with any previous version of PCMark 7.

To get the update, download the PCMark 7 v1.4.0 installer from one of our partner mirror sites

The major changes in PCMark 7 v1.4.0 include:

Improvements

  • Enhanced accuracy in video playback drawn frames measurement.
  • In addition to the standard result, PCMark 7 Storage tests now report additional "raw" results where the metric idle values have been excluded from the score calculation.
  • New troubleshooting option for hardware acceleration of video transcoding - "Enable hardware accelerated video transcoding" checkbox on the Help tab.
  • Improved logging.

Compatibility

  • Now fully compatible with Windows 8.
  • The Web Browsing test has been completely rewritten to avoid compatibility issues with Windows 8. The previous implementation was based on Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC), the new one is a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application. The heavy lifting in the test is still done by the WebBrowser2 control. Benchmark scores are affected, in most cases going up by a few percent.
  • SystemInfo updated to version 4.15 for Windows 8 compatibility.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed issues in video transcoding tests and added transcoding output file validation. These changes affect benchmark scores.
  • Fixed a data compressibility bug in the storage workloads. Benchmark scores are affected in configurations that use data compression at the hardware level.


PCMark Vantage version 1.2.0 released

March 4, 2013


PCMark Vantage has been updated to version 1.2.0 and is now compatible with Windows 8, with some limitations. Benchmark scores are not affected and scores from this new version are comparable with PCMark Vantage v1.0.2.

PCMark Vantage TV and Movie suite uses the MPEG2 codec. As DVD playback functionality is not included in Windows 8 by default, we recommend using PCMark 7 for benchmarking Windows 8 systems.

To get the update, download PCMark Vantage version 1.2.0 installer.

The major changes in PCMark Vantage 1.2.0 include: 

Improvements

  • Trial edition removed. PCMark Vantage Basic Edition is now free and can be run an unlimited number of times without registration or restrictions.
  • The benchmark no longer tracks application focus, which helps avoid unintentionally ending the benchmark run. Using the PC for other tasks while running the benchmark will influence the benchmark score and should still be avoided.

Compatibility

  • Now compatible with Windows 8, however, the TV and Movies suite requires DVD playback capability (MPEG2) which is not available in Windows 8 by default. The missing functionality can be added by purchasing the Windows 8 Media Center Pack from Microsoft. Without the Media Center Pack the TV and Movies suite is skipped with a score of 0.
  • Windows Mail test now works in Windows 8.
  • SystemInfo updated to version 4.15 for Windows 8 compatibility.

Advanced and Professional Editions

  • Fixed issues with opening saved benchmark result files.



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