Press releases from June 2015


BITKOM and German Government Recommend PCMark 8

June 24, 2015


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BITKOM and German Government Recommend PCMark 8 Benchmark for Vendor-Neutral PC Procurement

We are proud to announce that BITKOM and the German government are using PCMark 8 to recommend the minimum required performance of desktop PC systems purchased for public agencies.

BITKOM - Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e. V. (The Federal Association of Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media) is a German IT trade association that represents more than 2,200 international companies operating in the digital sector. 

Working together with the purchasing authorities of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Environment Ministry, the Federal Employment Agency, the German Armed Forces, and other public procurement agencies in Germany, BITKOM has published guidelines for the Vendor-Neutral Performance Description of Desktop PCs, (available in English and German). 

The guidelines provide public authorities with a comprehensive tool for writing tenders for the supply of desktop PCs using specifications based on a broad consensus in the ICT industry in cooperation with public purchasers. The specifications use PCMark 8 benchmark scores to define the minimum performance requirement for desktops PCs to be used by office workers for administrative tasks.

Jukka Mäkinen, Managing Director of Futuremark, says,

"Defining vendor-neutral PC performance requirements is a major challenge for purchasers in public offices. I am delighted that BITKOM's committee of experts recognises that the best approach is to use relevant and widely accepted impartial benchmarks, such as PCMark 8, to set the minimum acceptable PC performance level in official tenders."

PCMark 8 is a complete benchmarking solution for business, enterprise, government, and other professional users. PCMark 8 provides procurement departments, supply chain managers, and IT departments with accurate and impartial benchmarks for specifying and comparing the performance of Windows PCs, notebooks, and tablets.

Since its release, PCMark 8 has been incorporated into the tendering, procurement and purchasing departments of the governments of France, Northern Ireland, and Brazil as well as the European Commision

Futuremark has been making industry standard benchmarks since 1997. Based in Finland, we make the world’s most authoritative and widely-used performance tests for PCs, laptops, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones. PCMark is the result of 15 years of benchmarking expertise combined with close industry cooperation to create benchmark tests that are relevant, accurate, and impartial. Futuremark benchmarks are used throughout industry, by hundreds of press publications, and millions of consumers. 

PCMark 8 was developed in close cooperation with the world’s leading technology companies including AMD, Compal, Condusiv Technologies, Dell, HGST, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Quanta Computer, SanDisk Corporation, Seagate Technology, and Western Digital Corporation. Futuremark is an independently owned company developing benchmarking software to a strict code of neutrality.

Companies and organisations interested in PCMark 8 and other Futuremark benchmarks should call  Jani Joki on +358-20 759 8250 (UTC +2) or email sales@futuremark.com

Find out more about PCMark 8 and other benchmarks for business, enterprise and government, or follow Futuremark on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest company news.

About BITKOM

BITKOM - Bundesverband Informationswirtschaft, Telekommunikation und neue Medien e. V. - represents more than 2,200 companies in the digital sector, including 1,400 direct members. With more than 700,000 employees, the members generate a domestic turnover of 140 billion Euros a year, exporting high-tech goods and services worth another 50 billion Euros. Comprising 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses as well as more than 250 start-ups and nearly all global players, BITKOM members offer a wide range of software technologies, IT-services, and telecommunications or internet services. They produce hardware and consumer electronics or operate in the sectors of digital media and the network industry. 76 percent of the companies’ headquarters are located in Germany with an additional amount of 10 percent in other countries of the EU and 9 percent in the USA as well as 5 percent in other regions. BITKOM supports an innovative economic policy by focussing the modernization of the education sector and a future-oriented network policy. https://www.bitkom.org 

About Beschaffungsamt des Bundesministeriums des Innern

The Purchasing Authority of the Federal Ministry of the Interior purchases goods and services for 26 federal authorities, government-funded foundations and internationally active organisations. Its product portfolio is extremely wide-ranging, including items as diverse as alarm technology, tents and helicopters, as well as a great variety of services. In 2010, the Purchasing Authority of the Federal Ministry of the Interior awarded an overall volume of 1,111 contracts with a total volume of EUR 1,046.3 million. http://www.bescha.bund.de



Futuremark Begins Development of VR Benchmark

June 10, 2015


VRMark - The Virtual Reality Benchmark logo

There are already more than a dozen different head-mounted displays for VR at various stages of completion. Analysts forecast that VR will reach 10.8 million users by the end of 2016. But delivering a great VR experience relies on overcoming significant performance challenges.

Today we're announcing VRMark™, a VR benchmark that uses a combination of software and hardware to measure VR system performance, latency, and accuracy, the key components in creating convincing and comfortable VR experiences.

Designed primarily for manufacturers, analysts and press, VRMark tests a system's ability to deliver high quality virtual reality experiences for a range of content types from photos and video to games and simulations. 

With development under way, we're inviting VR system manufacturers to join our Benchmark Development Program™. BDP members will have exclusive access to VRMark™ throughout its development, gaining a deep understanding of its workloads, right down to the source code. Using a development process that's been government-vetted for neutrality, members can provide input at every stage from specification to public release. Companies creating VR hardware and software, and others with an interest in VR system performance, are invited to apply for VRMark BDP membership today.  

VRMark will test a VR system's ability to deliver a consistently high frame rate across a range of quality settings and content types. VR is highly sensitive to variations in frame rate. A smooth and stable frame rate is crucial to providing a comfortable VR experience. 

In addition, VRMark will measure frame latency and the responsiveness and accuracy of the sensors present in the headset. Low latency is a key factor in achieving the feeling of presence in a VR world and avoiding motion sickness.

VRMark is our first major product announcement since we joined forces with UL. Combining the expertise of both companies, we will additionally offer professional lab-based VR testing with precision instruments and verification of performance claims to manufacturers and other customers.

Sajeev Jesudas, President of the Consumer Business Unit at UL says,

"UL believes that the blossoming VR industry will greatly benefit from a dedicated VR benchmark developed by a neutral 3rd party. VRMark is the first component of a comprehensive VR offering from UL that will also include the development of new standards and certification programs to protect the health, safety and well-being of VR users."

Futuremark's Benchmark Development Program is an initiative for building partnerships with leading hardware and technology manufacturers. The VRMark Benchmark Development Program will complement Futuremark's existing 3DMark and PCMark programs, which count AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Samsung and other leading technology companies as members.

Companies interested in joining Futuremark's VRMark Benchmark Development Program should call Jani Joki on +358-20 759 8250 (UTC +3) or email bdp@futuremark.com. Further information can be found on the Benchmark Development Program page.  

Visit our VRMark page for more information and the latest news:
http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/vrmark 



3DMark v1.5.915 update released (Windows)

June 8, 2015


This is a minor update. Benchmark scores are unaffected. Note that while Windows 10 is in development there may be unforeseeable compatibility problems with some hardware configurations. 

Improved

  • SystemInfo module updated to 4.39 for improved detection of upcoming hardware from AMD and Intel.

Compatibility

  • API Overhead feature test updated to work with Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10130.

Known issues

  • AMD Catalyst Driver 15.200.1023.5 for Windows 10 has an issue that prevents the DirectX 12 API Overhead test from working on Radeon R9 280, Radeon HD 79xx series, and Radeon HD 78xx series graphics cards. We expect AMD to fix the issue with its next driver update.
  • Intel HD Graphics Driver 10.18.15.4204 for Windows 10 does not appear to have working full screen DirectX 12 support. We are investigating this issue for a future update.


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