Futuremark® Announces Patch for PCMark®05

October 11, 2005

Futuremark® Announces Patch for PCMark®05

Application Based Benchmark Provides Comprehensive PC Performance Measurement; Patch Updates Features and Improves Stability

Saratoga, California USA – October 11th, 2005 – Futuremark® Corporation announced today the immediate availability of a software patch, build 1.1.0, to PCMark05, the latest version in the popular PCMark benchmark series. PCMark05 is a state-of-the-art benchmarking tool and has been widely adopted; over 1.5 million copies have been distributed since its launch in June 2005.
Available immediately, this free downloadable software patch updates features for Advanced and Professional version licensees and fixes reported and reproducible bugs while improving overall stability for all license versions - including the free evaluation package. Scores using the build 1.1.0 version of PCMark05 will not be comparable to previous version scores.
PCMark05 builds on Futuremark’s strong benchmark development experience and provides a sophisticated tool for measuring PC performance for home usage. PCMark05 supports the complete benchmark cycle – allowing you to benchmark your PC, view the resulting benchmark details, compare your results to those of others, and finally analyze how to improve your PC performance. It produces highly reliable and detailed benchmarking results with a simple, intuitive user interface. An integrated Online ResultBrowser allows instant results comparison against more than 12 million benchmark results in Futuremark’s ever increasing performance database.
Technical Details associated with the PCMark05 Patch (Build 1.1.0):
  • HDD Test problems when /usepmtimer switch not present in boot.ini is fixed;
  • Issues on Transparent Windows test when other programs are run with "always on top" option has been fixed;
  • Visual settings for Windows is forced to "Adjusted for best appearance" (or "Let Windows choose...” which is the default setting for Windows XP) for the Transparent Windows test;
  • A potential risk of distorting results with 3rd party overclocking software has been fixed;
  • Reproducibility related issues with memory tests on some platforms has been fixed;
  • Export to Excel component issues with large amounts of data fixed;
  • Performance issues on certain tests have been tweaked, results on some platforms may improve with this;
  • Problems with external USB/Firewire hard drives have been fixed;
  • Updated System Info component with support for the latest CPU and graphics hardware;
  • Fixed all reported & reproduced bugs;
Futuremark’s official mirrors carry both a 5.3MB patch download for current PCMark05 Free and Advanced Version users and a full 75MB download of the PCMark05 Build 1.1.0 for new users. A list of official mirrors can be found at http://www.futuremark.com/download/. Futuremark will also be notifying Advanced and Professional Version users by email detailing where to download the patch for their versions.

Pricing and Availability
PCMark05 is available in two versions: PCMark05 Advanced for private use and PCMark05 Professional for commercial and business use. The software is available from http://www.futuremark.com/products/pcmark05/ for $19.95 for private use and $199.95 for business use. A limited functionality version of PCMark05 is freely available at http://www.futuremark.com/download/ for evaluation purposes.

Note to Editors
For your free evaluation copy of PCMark05, please email mailto:marketing@futuremark.com?subject=PCMark05Eval and tell us the publication that you represent.

About Futuremark® Corporation
Futuremark® Corporation is the leading provider of performance analysis software and services for PCs and smartphones. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® and PCMark® Series and SPMark™ (with more than 30 million copies distributed worldwide) and value-added services powered by a database of over 12 million real life benchmarking results. Futuremark® maintains offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com.
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