Futuremark Announces Patch for PCMark05

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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

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.