New Futuremark patches for you benchers

by: John -
For benching computers, a lot of people use 3DMark or PCMark. Futuremark has new patches for 3DMark05, 3DMark06B, and PCMark05 that fixes some bugs and updates the products with new features. The two 06 products are now Vista enabled so you can try them out on Microsoft's latest OS.
Futuremark Corporation is pleased to announce the immediate availability to new software patches for all our supported benchmarks; 3DMark06, 3DMark05 and PCMark05.

Available immediately, these free downloadable software patches and installers provides the official updated version to our benchmarks. Only scores obtained via these new versions, along with approved drivers, should be used in valid performance statistics, reviews, comparisons and services provided by Futuremark.

Futuremark encourages you to download the patches to ensure comparable benchmark results.


Technical Details Associated with the Patches

New feature for the Basic Editions:

The Advanced & Professional Editions will continue to show the results offline, but the latest builds of the supported Futuremark benchmarks introduce a new feature for all Basic Edition (Free) users - the score is viewable online only. This new feature will enable new users to get an online analysis of their system, and to quickly & easily compare their results to others. The new online service called "Result Analyzer" is one of the key elements of the next generation of benchmarks from Futuremark.

Fixes & Updates

3DMark06 Build 1.1.0:

* Windows Vista enabled; (*
* Fixed splash screen on Windows Vista;
* Fixed some Excel issues;
* Improved startup speed by optimizing the SystemInfo component;
* Updated SystemInfo component with support for the latest CPU and graphics hardware;
* Fixed all reported & reproduced issues.

PCMark05 Build 1.2.0:

* Windows Vista enabled; (*
* Fixed splash screen on Windows Vista;
* Fixed WMP detection;
* Fixed transparent windows issues;
* Fixed looping issues with HDD tests;
* Improved startup speed by optimizing the SystemInfo component;
* Updated SystemInfo component with support for the latest CPU and graphics hardware;
* Fixed all reported & reproduced issues.

3DMark05 Build 1.3.0:

* Fixed looping issues;
* Improved startup speed by optimizing the SystemInfo component;
* Updated SystemInfo component with support for the latest CPU and graphics hardware;
* Fixed all reported & reproduced issues.

Note: 3DMark05 Build 1.3.0 has not been tested, or enabled for Windows Vista. 3DMark05 should only be used in Windows XP SP2 (32bit) with all the latest updates.

(* = To run the benchmark in Windows Vista 64bit, please run the application as administrator.

Notes:

* 3DMark06 Build 1.1.0, 3DMark05 Build 1.3.0 and PCMark05 Build 1.2.0 are the only supported versions. The Online ResultBrowser doesn't allow submissions from any of the previous versions of the benchmarks.
* The new builds are available both as patches and as full installation packages, except 3DMark05 which is only available as a full install package.
* Your current registration codes work for the new builds as well.

If you have problems with entering your registration information, please contact sales@futuremark.com. If you have problems with running the software, please refer to http://www.futuremark.com/support/.
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