News from December 1999

BAPCo® Debuts SYSmark® 2000

December 17, 1999 - -

BAPCo® Debuts SYSmark® 2000 The First Benchmarking Software Featuring Internet Content Creation and Office Productivity Workloads for Computers Running Windows® 2000 Santa Clara, California - December 17th, 1999 The Business Applications Performance Corporation (BAPCoÒ), a non-profit consortium of leading computer industry publications, independent testing labs, PC hardware manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers and software publishers announces the release of SYSmarkÒ 2000. SYSmark 2000 will extend BAPCo's leadership in industry standard benchmarks by providing an application-based benchmark that reflects today's leading edge software applications for Internet Content Creation and Office Productivity. SYSmark 2000 will support all Microsoft® Windows® operating systems: Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 98, and Windows 95. SYSmark 2000 is the first product being introduced under the newly formed strategic alliance between BAPCo and, a leading provider of web services and e-commerce solutions, will provide marketing support and distribution for SYSmark 2000. The advantage of using SYSmark 2000 lies in the strength of its workloads, which reflects actual usage of real applications within the new computing paradigms. To define the benchmark workload BAPCo, with the help of several Fortune 500 corporations, identified new application areas and benchmarking methodologies that address new evaluation and characterization requirements of the industry. In addition, BAPCo conducted research to understand the consumer PC segment trends in 1999. These efforts led to the development of comprehensive and scientifically designed workloads for leading edge applications covering a wide range of Internet Content Creation and Office Productivity applications. SYSmark 2000, with extensive validation across multiple hardware and software configurations, helps ensure consistent and reliable performance results. Moreover, BAPCo's benchmarks are cooperatively designed and developed by top performance engineers from a wide cross-section of industry-leading publications, testing labs, PC manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, and software developers. SYSmark 2000 can be used by: · PC OEM's, hardware and software developers, MIS departments, system integrators, publications, testing labs, Fortune 500 companies, and end-users interested in measuring and/or comparing PC performance based on real applications. · Information technologists and others to accurately forecast present and future desktop computing needs. Key SYSmark 2000 features and benefits include the following: · A robust set of twelve application benchmarks covering a wide range of Intent Content Creation and Productivity application categories. · Internet Features: Applications use popular Internet features in the benchmark. · Supporting multiple operating systems: Supports all Microsoft Windows operating systems, including: Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows 95, and Windows NT 4.0. · Non-U.S. English operating system support: Supports most European Microsoft Windows Operating systems, including Dutch, French, Finnish, German, Italian, and Spanish. · Standardized testing through an automated point-and-click Benchmark Manager with reporting guidelines to ensure reliable, repeatable results. · Extensive validation across multiple hardware and software configurations to ensure consistent and reliable results. · Ability to collect and store performance data for user-specified projects; ability to compare user results with a wide range of vendor and testing lab results available publicly on BAPCo's web site: · Automated generation of BAPCo's Full Disclosure Report (FDR) for ensuring consistent reporting of results. The SYSmark 2000 incorporates the following leading edge Internet Content Creation and Office Productivity applications: INTERNET CONTENT CREATION MetaCreations Bryce® 4, Avid* Elastic Reality® 3.1, Adobe Photoshop® 5.5, Adobe Premiere® 5.1, and Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 4.0. OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY Corel CorelDRAW® 9.0, Microsoft Excel 2000, Dragon NaturallySpeaking® Preferred 4.0, Netscape Communicator® 4.61, Corel Paradox® 9.0, Microsoft PowerPoint® 2000, and Microsoft Word 2000. SYSmark 2000 is available for $99.95 USD. Please visit or to order SYSmark 2000. The benchmark was developed and is fully supported by the current BAPCo membership. For a list of members please visit For more information, please refer to or or contact: John Peterson BAPCo 2200 Mission College Blvd., SC12-608, Santa Clara, CA 95052 Phone: 408-988-7654 Fax: 408-765-4920 Sarah Burns Senior Consultant High Road Communications Phone: 416-368-8348 *NOTE: BAPCo, and SYSmark are registered trademarks of The Business Applications Performance Corporation. is the trademark of formerly Futuremark Corporation, Ltd. All other names mentioned are trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective companies.


December 6, 1999 - -

MADONION.COM RELEASES 3DMARK™2000 Online benchmark objectively measures technology for the DirectX®7 platform Toronto, Ontario - December 6, 1999 - (formerly Futuremark Corporation), a leading provider of web services and e-commerce solutions, today released 3DMark™2000 for DirectXâ7. 3DMark2000 is a cutting-edge benchmark that objectively measures Intel Pentium III SIMD, AMD Athlon technology and the new T&L. 3DMark2000 is one of's online benchmarks - smart benchmark products that have an Internet back-end. This Internet back-end, or database, contains thousands of results collected via the Internet. With online benchmarks, users will be able to compare their results with data collected from other users around the world. "With the current distribution of over 10 million copies and adoption by over 100 publications world-wide, 3DMark benchmarks continue to be the most widely used in the world," said Nathan Harley, Vice President, Marketing, "With 3DMark2000, is taking benchmarking to the next level by fusing benchmarking and the Internet into a medium that empowers gamers to compare their benchmarking data with thousands of other gamers, enabling them to make informed decisions regarding upgrading and optimizing system performance and improving their gaming experience." Optimizations for Pentium III, AMD Athlon & T&L Hardware 3DMark2000 is a cutting-edge benchmark that has been optimized to fully support both Intel Pentium III SIMD and AMD Athlon instructions. In order to ensure proper and reliable testing, these optimizations have been developed in cooperation with both of the respective companies. In addition, 3DMark2000 contains a T&L hardware pipeline for graphics cards that supports this new feature. Existing hardware will be supported via a software T&L pipe. Important New Features of 3DMark2000 - Tests the new DirectX 7, including hardware transform and lighting - Online data analysis - Optimized for Intel and AMD processors - New game tests with LOD scalability - Full Windows 2000ä support - Advanced tests including bump mapping (environment & embossed), texture rendering speed, fill rate and image quality - Freely and independently selectable display resolution, color depth, texture color depth, buffering mode and z-buffer format. - Detailed system information view Pricing and Availability 3DMark2000 will be available for public download from at 4 p.m. PST on December 6, 1999. All existing 3DMark 99 Pro licenses can be upgraded at a special introductory price. For further 3DMark-related information, please refer to In addition to the full and comprehensive online benchmarking features in 3DMark2000, has also released the enhanced commercial PRO version of 3DMark2000 for demanding benchmarking professionals. The enhanced features of the PRO version include: - Flexible testing automation options including batch run - Command line support - Professional result browser tool with full Windows compatibility. About is a "layered" Web services provider, powered by an Internet-based engine. Our world-famous 3DMark™99 - The Gamers' Benchmark - was first released in October 1998. In March 1999, 3DMark™99 MAX was introduced. It measures 3D gaming performance and compares the results online against thousands of other system configurations. With their results, PC users can make upgrading decisions. Now, with a distribution list exceeding 10 million, 3DMark™ is the global standard. is based in San Jose, California, with offices in Toronto and Helsinki. For more information, please visit 3DMark™, Futuremark™,™ are trademarks of formerly Futuremark Corporation, Ltd. MAX-FX Technology™ is a trademark of Remedy Entertainment, Ltd. All other brands and names are property of their respective owners. For more information please refer to or contact: Nathan Harley, Vice President, Marketing e-mail:, Or Sarah Burns Senior Consultant High Road Communications 416-368-8348



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