releases 3DMark2001 Second Edition

February 12, 2002

Designed for DirectX®8.1 and fully compatible with Windows XP®

Saratoga, CA – February 12, 2002 –™, a leading provider of PC performance information and web services, today released 3DMark®2001 Second Edition, a major enhancement to its 3DMark® benchmark solution originally launched in 1998.
Combining DirectX 8.1 support with the latest in 3D graphics, 3DMark2001 SE objectively measures how effectively a PC runs 3D graphics applications and provides users with an online results comparison tool that allows them to make informed hardware assessments and upgrade decisions.
3DMark2001 SE runs a wide range of tests to measure both overall 3D performance and speed, analyzing and displaying all system specifications from the driver versions to the exact hardware components of the PC. A completely new test utilizing pixel shader 1.4 has been incorporated in the new SE version. An updated ‘System Info’ now also detects installed hard drives as well as AGP settings that are crucial for 3D performance. The upgrade detects all the latest processors such as the AMD® Athlon™ XP, Intel® Pentium® 4 and the Mobile Intel® Pentium® III Processor-M.
3DMark2001 SE provides detailed benchmark results by comparing the performance of PCs against a performance database of more than 4 million system results. This allows users to compare their own system performance with other users from around the world.
"Since the release of the first version of 3DMark in 1998, we've been continually striving to improve our benchmarks to help gamers maximize their experience and PC performance," said Patric Ojala, 3DMark project lead for "3DMark2001 SE meets this goal by supporting DirectX 8.1 and providing detailed 3D performance measurements for existing systems, while offering challenging, new tests for current, cutting-edge hardware and technologies yet to be released."
Important New Features of 3DMark2001 SE
  • Support for Microsoft DirectX® 8.1
  • Fully compatible with Windows XP®
  • New test utilizing pixel shader 1.4
  • Updated ‘system info’ which can now display additional system configuration info, including installed hard drives and AGP settings
  • Support for the latest AMD® and Intel® processors
Pricing and Availability
3DMark2001 SE will be available for free public download at at 12pm PST today (February 12, 2002). For further 3DMark2001 SE related information, please visit A professional version with added features and functionality is available from for $ 39.95.
About MadOnion.Com™™ is a leading provider of PC benchmark software and performance information services.™ is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® Series and Video2000 (with more than 26 million copies distributed, worldwide).™ has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit

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