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January-February 2004

[29.02.2004]System Analyser 5.3a has been released! New features include: support for AMD Newcastle, Intel Celeron M and Intel Dothan, detection of the latest hardware, minor improvements and bugfixes.

ASTRA 4.20 has been released! New in this version: detection of different SCSI devices (HDD, CD drives, scanners, tape drives) and their features (device name, type, size, SCSI serial number, buffer size, HDD rotation speed and others), reading of SPD information on Intel ICH6 hub and AMD 8111 chipset, SystemSoft BIOS for MiTAC support, bugfixes, etc.

[28.02.2004]PC Pitstop has announced the creation of its free PC Market Research section! Since March 2000, PC Pitstop has created the world's largest PC statistics database. With tens of millions of PC's in our database, Pitstop's market research capabilities are unprecendented in terms of cost, depth, breadth, and accuracy.
A simple example is average free hard drive space. This is an important statistic for software developers, hard drive manufacturers, CD-RW manufacturers, CD-R media companies, etc. Typical data collection methods (phone surveys, web surveys, etc) are expensive, and yield imprecise results. Most people have no clue of the amount of free hard drive space! Pitstop Research provides it all, quickly, economically and accurately.
Learn more!

[27.02.2004]CrystalCPUID 3.2.4.148 has been released!

[26.02.2004]ASTRA32 0.93 beta is available for download! New features include: detection of different SCSI devices (HDD, CD drives, scanners, tape drives) and their features (device name, type, size, SCSI serial number, buffer size, HDD rotation speed and others), reading of SPD information on Intel ICH6 hub and AMD 8111 chipset, SystemSoft BIOS for MiTAC support, bugfixes, etc.

HDD Temperature 1.3 beta (Build 130) has been released! New in this version: redesigned user interface, Exception handler in case of some exception detailed error report log can be mailed to developer, other improvements and bugfixes. A SCSI edition of the program is also available for download.

[25.02.2004]StatWin Professional 6.0 has been released! New features include: new tracking ability (Added/Removed programs), additional settings, minor improvements and bugfixes.

[24.02.2004]Alchemy Eye 5.7 has been released! This version has a few bugfixes and some minor improvements.

OpenGL Extension Viewer 2.07 has been updated with build 165!

Futuremark Logo Futuremark Corporation has announced that Bitboys Oy, a provider of mobile graphic solutions, is the newest member in Futuremark's Benchmark Development Program for Symbian based smartphones.
Key industry partners, including ATI Technologies, Imagination Technologies (PowerVR), Intel, Khronos Group, Neomagic, and NVIDIA, have already joined Futuremark's Smartphone Benchmark Development Program, announced at CES in January this year.
The completed benchmark is scheduled for shipment during the second quarter of this year.Read on.

SpeedFan 4.11 is available for download! This is a bugfix release.

[23.02.2004]TaskInfo 2003 5.0.1.104 has been released! It has a few minor improvements and bugfixes.

AbpMon 2.0.1.36 has been released! It has some minor improvements and bugfixes.

AIDA32 3.93 has been released! This version includes: extended CPUID information, bugfixes.

SpeedFan 4.10 has been released! New in this version: full support for AMD8111 SMBus 1.0, LM85C, ADT7463, nForce3, ADM1027, EMC6D103, ASUS MOZART-2, ability to read a PCI DEVICES database, detection of the latest processors, preliminary detection of EMC6W201 and EMCT03, preliminary support for SERVERWORKS CSB5 and PC87372, preliminary detection of LM63, LM64 and LM93, etc.

[22.02.2004]The size of the Sandra install executable has been reduced by nearly 2 Mb due to the better compression.

[21.02.2004]AIDA32 Preview version 3.92.1 is available for download! New in this release: motherboard specific sensor info for Abit IC7-MAX3, ASRock P4VT8, MSI 848P Neo, MSI K7T266 Series, MSI MS-6398E, Soltek PT880 Series, Tyan S2882 Thunder K8S Pro, chipset information for i855GME, i855PM-333, SiS741GX and nForce3-S, detection of ATI Catalyst 4.2 driver, improved ATA/SMART detection routines, bugfixes, etc.
DVDInfoPro 2.29 has been released! It has a few bugfixes.

[20.02.2004]Motherboard Monitor 5.3.6.0 has been released! New features include: support for ALi 1563 Southbridge, Intel Hance Rapids Southbridge, Intel ICH6 Southbridge, Intel ICH6M Southbridge, AMD 8111 southbridge, Phillips NE1619DS, ADM1026, minor improvements and bugfixes.

RAMspeed 1.30 is available for download! Here's what's new: LongRun mode, general code clean-up, etc.

PC Surgeon 3.70 has been released! New in this version: Scan & Delete Monitor will watch for files/registry entries and delete them if found, NT Event Viewer, bugfixes.

[19.02.2004]Tamas Miklos, the author of AIDA16 and AIDA32, has announced his decision to discontinue the development of AIDA16 due to the constantly decreasing interest in the 16-bit DOS system information tool. The development of AIDA32 will go on. The last version of AIDA16 is still available for download from BenchmarkHQ.

QuickBench 9.2 is available for download! This has a few bugfixes and improvements.

[18.02.2004]Prime95 v.23.8 has been released! It includes a few bugfixes.

CrystalDMI 0.9.6 has been released!

MemTest86+ 1.11 is available for download! Due to a miscompilation of MemTest86+ v1.10 this build was corrupted, so please use v1.11.

[17.02.2004]Yesterday BenchmarkHQ was down for a long time due to problems at the hosting company upgrading their hardware. Our mail server was also unavailable. Now everything is functioning properly. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Central Brain Identifier 6.1.0.1 Beta Build 0215 is available for download! This version includes some minor improvements and bugfixes.
HWiNFO32 1.40 has been released! New in this version: support for S3 DeltaChrome and DeltaChromeX9m, GeForce FX Go5250, Go5300, 5500, 5700LE and 5700VE, recognition of Intel Celeron M, AMD x86-64 platform support for MS Windows Server 2003/XP 64-bit Edition, report of PCI Express Link Width (x1 - x32), preliminary recognition of Intel 915Gx/P, 925X and ICH6, enhanced VIA PT880 chipset support, enhanced Intel Prescott support, etc.

Crystal Dew World has released:
D3D RightMark Beta 4 has been released! Here's what's new: Vertex Shaders 3.0 and Pixel Shaders 3.0 support, "skinned" user interface, new look of the results files (for XML and HTML formats), new look of the reports files (for HTML format), other improvements and bugfixes.

Bench'emAll! 2.54 Final has been released!

[15.02.2004]IPMonitor 5.0 (Build 225) is available for download! It includes support for Windows XP Themes, improved user interface, and a few other minor improvements.

NetInfo 5.0 (Build 215) has been released! It includes support for Windows XP Themes, improved user interface, and a few other minor improvements.

MemTest86+ 1.10 has been released! New in this version: detection of Pentium-M 0.13 & 0.09 m (Banias & Dothan), Pentium 4-M 0.09m (Prescott), Centrino platform, experimental detection of ALi M1687, AMD8000 and Intel i7505, detection of VIA KM266/KN266/KM400 and SiS645/645DX/648/748, bugfixes, etc.

PC Wizard 2004 1.60 has been released! New features include: AMD64 Kernel driver support, support for Intel Xeon "Potomac", AMD Athlon 64 "NewCastle", AMD Opteron "Venus, Troy, Athens, San Diego" processors, Intel 855GME, VIA PT880 chipsets, DDR2-SDRAM support, Serial-ATA support, Web update Wizard, bugfixes, and much more!

[14.02.2004]TrueSpeed 1.5 has been released! Here's what's new: updated CPU identification code to include new AMD and Intel CPUs, MMX+, 3DNow! and 3DNow!+ detection for AMD CPUs, updated 'CPU Flags' page according to latest Intel documentation.

[13.02.2004]Bench'emAll! 2.54 beta is available for download! New features include: user defined sequences editor and benching, more detailed events logging, some minor improvements and bugfixes.
[12.02.2004]SiSoftware Sandra 2004.SP1 (2004.2.9.104) has been released! This version has a wealth of new features and improvements, including:
  • Better support for PDA and Smartphone devices;
  • Enhanced networking support: IrDA, Bluetooth, Universal Plug and Play, IP v6;
  • Smart Card and SIM cards support;
  • Endurance factor estimation in Flash Benchmark: for comparing the life-times of different Flash devices on the market;
  • Enhanced desktop support and compatibility: (VIA KT600, PT800, PT880, PM880 chipsets; VIA 8237 piix support; Transmeta Crusoe TM55xx/58xx CPU/NB; SiS 655TX/661FX/R659/741/748; nVidia nForce 2; Intel 915/ICH6; Intel Pentium M2; ADM1027/LM85/SMSC HW monitor chips; Winbond W83791D, W83L785R, W83L785TS HW monitor chips; CL3 DDR-SDRAM memory; QBM, QDR-SDRAM memory).
And much more! You can also buy the Professional version.

[11.02.2004]Crystal Dew World has released:
[10.02.2004]RightMark Memory Analyzer 2.5 is available for download!

NEW: HD Tune is a Hard Disk utility which can be used to measure the performance or to get important information from the hard disk!

[09.02.2004]NEW: CPU Burner is a simple CPU stress-tester!
Source: QuickBench

[08.02.2004]Crystal Dew World has released:
[07.02.2004]Central Brain Identifier 6.1.0.0 Beta is available for download! New features include: identification of the latest AMD Athlon 64 processor core, support for the mobile/DTR AMD Athlon 64 2800+, 3000+, 3200+ and desktop AMD Athlon 64 3000+, 3200+, 3400+ processors, bugfixes.

[06.02.2004]Intel Processor Frequency ID Utility 6.5 has been released!

[05.02.2004]Advanced HostMonitor 4.30 has been released! New in this version: "Shell Script" test method, RMA for FreeBSD / Linux / Solaris now includes 4 more test methods, several improvements and bugfixes.

TaskInfo 2003 5.0.1.102 has been released! It has some minor improvements and bugfixes.

[04.02.2004]RightMark 3DSound 1.01 has been released! This version includes: updated Positioning Accuracy test and CPU Utilization test, a few bugfixes.

QuickBench 9.1 is available for download! This version fixes a few bugs.

[03.02.2004]DVDInfoPro 2.28 has been released! It has a few minor improvements and bugfixes.

Crystal Dew World has released:
[02.02.2004]NEW: RightMark Memory Analyzer is the universal CPU/Chipset/RAM test suite intended for detailed, stable and accurate measurements of the most important low-level characteristics of the CPU/Chipset/RAM subsystem of your PC!

PassMark PerformanceTest 5.0 build 1009 is available for download! This build fixes a few bugs.

CDCheck 3.1.0.11rc1 is available for download! This release has a couple of bugfixes.

[01.02.2004]MCS CPU Benchmark 2 has been released! This version supports the latest technologies and fixes bugs.

[31.01.2004]Alchemy Eye 5.6 has been released! New features include: ability to change properties of multiple servers in one operation, new action type (BDE SQL query execution).
Source: iXBT.com

Crystal Dew World has released: Both programs now support AMD64.

[30.01.2004]FreshDiagnose 6.50 has been released! What's new: Installed Programs module that contains information about installed software in your system and new benchmark references.

MetaBench 0.98 has been released! New features include: raytrace rendering benchmark (multi-threaded), Blowfish encryption/decryption benchmark, multithreaded version of QuickSort, bugfixes.

[29.01.2004]PCMark04 1.1.0 has been released! New features include:
  • Hard Disk Tests now work also on Windows 2000;
  • Command line options have been added for the Pro version (enables automated test runs based on self developed scripts);
  • WMV Compression test stability has been improved;
  • All reported and reproduced minor issues have been fixed.

NEW: Memparam is a full parameter test of x86 CPU's memory subsystem!

[28.01.2004]Central Brain Identifier 6.0.0.3 build 0128 is available for download! This release fixes a few bugs.

OPN-462 v0.8.28 has been released! OPN-462 is an intelligent program designed specifically to translate the three codes found on, or around the core of all Socket-A, AMD CPU's. New in this version: support for 2 Athlon XP Barton chips, bugfixes.
[27.01.2004]The ClockGen versions for Athlon 64 / Athlon 64 FX / Opteron have been updated in order to work with Windows 64!
ClockGen is a set of overclocking tools that allow to dynamically overclock such devices as CPU, memory, AGP and PCI bus.

BIOS Agent 3.23 (ex BIOS Wizard) is available for download! This version provides additional system information, such as CPU Type and Speed, BIOS ROM Socket and Size, Memory Configuration.

[26.01.2004]AbpMon 2.0.1.34 has been released! It has a lot of minor improvements and bugfixes.

Intel Active Monitor 1.20 is available for download! This is an alerting utility created by Intel and available exclusively on Intel Desktop Boards. The Intel Active Monitor works with specialized sensors on your Intel Desktop Board to constantly monitor the system's temperatures, power supply voltages, and fan speeds. If temperatures become extremely hot or a system fan or power supply fails, the user is immediately notified.
AIDA32 Preview version 3.91.1 is available for download! New in this release: motherboard specific sensor info for ASRock K7S8XE+, DFI LANParty Pro875B, DFI LANParty NFII Ultra B, Matsonic MS7023D, Shuttle AN35 Series, Tyan S2880 Thunder K8S and Tyan S2885 Thunder K8W, detection of Cirrus Logic CS4202, ICEnsemble ICE1232A, ICEnsemble VT1616i, National LM4550, Wolfson WM9708, Wolfson WM9709, Wolfson WM9710, Wolfson WM9711, Wolfson WM9712 and Wolfson WM9717 AC'97 codecs, updated Japanese language module, bugfixes, etc.
CPU-Z 1.21 has been released! This version supports some new chipsets, Celeron M and Pentium 4 Prescott processors, as well as Windows 64.

[25.01.2004]CPUCooL 7.2.10 has been released! New in this version: Intel i855 chipset support, PLL's added, minor bugfixes.

[24.01.2004]OpenGL Extension Viewer 2.07 has been updated with build 163!

Active SMART 2.41 is available for download!

[23.01.2004]Crystal Dew World has released:
Drive Fitness Test 3.60 is available for download! This version includes the improved support for Promise SATA controllers, as well as support for the latest Hitachi Global Storage Technologies drives.

Belarc Advisor 6.1 has been released!

[22.01.2004]CrystalMark 0.8.92.133 is available for download!

AIDA32 Preview version 3.90.6 is available for download! New in this release: identification of Celeron 4E (aka Prescott-256), detection of S3 AlphaChrome 333, AlphaChrome M, AlphaChrome Mc, AlphaChrome Micro, AlphaChrome-SavageXP, DeltaChrome 4, DeltaChrome M and DeltaChrome S4 video chips, bugfixes, etc.
[21.01.2004]RightMark Audio Analyzer 5.3 has been released! This version includes a DirectSound mode used to test the support of the 24-bit mode on some soundcards.

OpenGL Extension Viewer 2.07 has been released! New in this version: OpenGL 2.0 rendering test, improved operating system detection code, texture LOD bias control in rendering tests.

[20.01.2004]TaskInfo 2003 5.0.1.96 has been released! It has some improvements and bugfixes.

Central Brain Identifier 6.0 Final has been released!

AIDA32 3.90 has been released! New features include: Albanian, Greek and Latvian language modules, support for the latest hardware, bugfixes, etc.

[19.01.2004]AIDA32 Preview version 3.89.5 is available for download! New in this release: Latvian language module, detection of ELSA Falcox 960FX, 960XT, 980FX, 980XT video cards, chipset information for VIA K8M400, K8N800, K8T800Pro, K8T890, PM880, PT800, PT880, PT890, preliminary chipset information for Intel Grantsdale i915G/GL/GV/P and Alderwood i925X, basic chipset information for Intel i460GX and E8870, bugfixes, etc.
[18.01.2004]Battery Eater Pro v.2.1 has been released! New features include: detection of APM (Advanced Power Management) and Enchanced SpeedStep, some minor improvements and bugfixes.

[17.01.2004]DVDInfoPro 2.27 has been released! It has a few minor improvements and bugfixes.

[16.01.2004]NEW: MemTest86+ is a thorough OS independent memory test for x86 architecture computers, based on the well-known original Memtest86! In comparison with Memtest86, this version has the following new features: detection of Athlon 64 / Opteron, Athlon XP (including Barton), Pentium 4 (including Prescott), SiS 735/740/745/748/755/645/655, ATi Radeon 9100 IGP (RS300), nVidia nForce/nForce2(400/Ultra)/nForce3/nForce3-S, VIA KT266(A)/333/KT400(A)/KT600/PT800/PT880/K8T800, i865P/PE/G/i875P/E7500/E7501/E7205, bugfixes and a lot of other improvements.
Source: QuickBench

CD/DVD Diagnostic 2.1.2 build 12 has been released!

[15.01.2004]Crystal Dew World has released:
[14.01.2004]Intel has released the Chipset Identification Utility 2.87, which allows to identify the specific Intel chipset that is located on your motherboard.
DVDInfoPro 2.26 has been released! It has a few minor improvements.

AIDA32 Preview version 3.89.2 is available for download! New in this release: Albanian and Greek language modules, identification of Celeron M (aka Banias-512), 48-bit LBA support (ATA autodetection), motherboard specific sensor info for Gigabyte 8S648FX Series, Leadtek K7NCR18 Series, Lite-On AA261 and Syntax V266A, bugfixes, etc.
[13.01.2004]NEW: TrueSpeed is an ultra high-precision CPU speed detector!
Thanks to QuickBench, which is back online! Don't forget to visit it. (Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Klicken Sie bitte hier!)

BenchOne III (3.3.1) has been released! This version includes: a new pure CPU Test, Intel Pentium M support, minor improvements and bugfixes.

[12.01.2004]ASTRA32 0.92 beta is available for download! New features include: reading of SPD information on Reliance CSB6 south bridge and nVidia nForce3 chipset, detection of Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, AMD Athlon 64 FX, AMD Mobile Athlon 64, AMD Mobile Duron (Applebred) and Transmeta Efficeon TM8x00 processors, detection of clock multiplier of IDT WinChip2, IDT WinChip3 and VIA Cyrix III (Joshua) processors, bugfixes, etc.

ASTRA 4.14 has been released! New in this version: reading of SPD information on VIA VT8237, Reliance CSB6 south bridges and nVidia nForce3 chipset, detection of Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, Intel Pentium M (Dothan), Intel Celeron M, AMD Athlon 64 FX, AMD Mobile Athlon 64, AMD Mobile Duron (Applebred), Transmeta Efficeon TM8x00 and National Semiconductor Geode GX2 processors, detection of clock multiplier of IDT WinChip2, IDT WinChip3 and VIA Cyrix III (Joshua) processors, Phoenix BIOS for Acer and Phoenix BIOS for Micron support, minor improvements and bugfixes.

PassMark BatteryMon 1.3 build 1003 is available for download!

[11.01.2004]It's time for a new poll! Here are the results of the last poll. The question was:
Where do you access this website from?
  1. Home - 69.02%
  2. Work - 22.8%
  3. University - 3.78%
  4. Other - 2.25%
  5. Internet cafe - 1.12%
  6. School - 1.02%
You can always find these results at their permanent address.
This time, please, answer the following question: What type of PDA do you have?

Another Crystal Dew World software update:
[10.01.2004]OPN-462 v0.8.25 has been released! OPN-462 is an intelligent program designed specifically to translate the three codes found on, or around the core of all Socket-A, AMD CPU's.
CrystalDMI 0.9.5 is available for download!

[09.01.2004]BenchMem 0.1.1 has been released! This version has several improvements.

Crystal Dew World software list has been updated with the following new versions:
[08.01.2004]ASUS has released PC Probe 2.22.04!
PassMark PerformanceTest 5.0 build 1007 is available for download! This release fixes a few bugs.

BAPCo Logo BAPCo has released WebMark 2004, the latest version of the Internet Client metric based on real world Web applications that measures and enables comparison of PC performance based upon Information Processing and Commercial Transactions.
Featuring two modes of operation, official scores can be reported in either on-line and offline mode. Offline mode enables users to discover the Internet client performance of their PC using content stored locally. On-line mode requires an additional server to host test content but further empowers users to measure additional technologies such as SSL (Secure Socket Layer) and web services.
WebMark 2004 is an Internet technology based benchmark that accurately reflects usage patterns for business users in two Internet usage categories - Information Processing and Commercial Transactions. Information Processing is composed of activities focused on users viewing, researching and managing information on the Internet. Commercial Transactions is composed of activities involved in the commercial exchange of goods or services.
WebMark utilizes the leading web plug-ins, applications and technologies such as: Adobe Acrobat Reader v6.0, Macromedia Flash Player V7.0.14.0, Microsoft Windows Media Player 9 series, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0.2800.1106.xpsp1, Macromedia Shockwave Player v 8.5.1, DHTML, JavaScript, Java Applets (SUN JRE 1.4.1), W3C SSL, XML and .NET Framework v1.1.
WebMark 2004 is available for $299.95 USD. Please visit http://www.bapco.com/store.html for further details and to place an order.
Read the official press release.

Central Brain Identifier 6.0.0.2 Beta Build 108 is available for download! New features include: mobile Athlon64 2800+/3000+/3200+/3400+ processors identification, bugfixes.
PassMark BurnInTest 4.0 has been released! This version includes: looped Video playback test, to detect codec support, playback errors and dropped frames, new disk test modes including random data tests with random seeking and butterfly seeking to more thoroughly exercise disk drives, new CD/DVD test modes including random data tests with random seeking, a lot of improvements to the existing tests, support for additional 3rd party temperature monitoring software applications (Intel Active Monitor, MotherBoard Monitor (MBM) and SpeedFan), a number of user interface improvements, bugfixes.

AIDA32 Preview version 3.88.5 is available for download! New in this release: detection of Intel Grantsdale video chip, nVIDIA GeForce FX Go5250, GeForce FX Go5200 32M/64M, GeForce FX Go5300, XGI Volari, S3 DeltaChrome and DeltaChrome X9m video chips, motherboard specific sensor info for Abit SG71, bugfixes, etc.
Futuremark Logo [07.01.2004]Futuremark Corporation has announced a strategic initiative with the launch of its new Benchmark Development Program for Symbian based Smartphones. Key industry partners, including ATI Technologies, Imagination Technologies (PowerVR), Intel, Khronos Group, Neomagic, and NVIDIA, have joined Futuremark's Smartphone Benchmark Development Program.
Futuremark Corporation has completed the initial specification and has now started the implementation of the new mobile platform benchmark. It will measure the performance and power efficiency of Symbian based smartphones and will include OpenGL ES API 3D game scenes, image processing as well as native Symbian applications such as address book and calendar.
The completed benchmark is scheduled for shipment during the second quarter of this year. Read on.

HWiNFO 4.92 has been released! New features include: support for nVidia GeForce FX 5700, GeForce FX 5700 Ultra, ICE FX 2000, Quadro NVS 280 PCI and Quadro FX 1100, ATI RADEON 9800 XT, Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, XGI Volari V4, V5 (Ultra), V6, V8 (Ultra) GPUs, recognition of Intel Celeron M, etc.

[06.01.2004]NEW: CrystalDMI displays the DMI (Desktop Management Interface) and SMBIOS (System Management BIOS) information!

MEMORyAL 4.0.3 has been released!

[05.01.2004]CrystalMark 0.8.91.125 is available for download!

Central Brain Identifier 6.0.0.0 Beta Build 105 is available for download! This version includes: core voltage detection for desktop AMD processors and bugfixes.
PassMark KeyboardTest 2.2 build 1008 is available for download!

[04.01.2004]InetBench 1.80 has been released! This version supports the use of a proxy server for benchmarking. Thus if you have your browser set up to use some type of proxy server, you can now emulate this with your benchmarks!

[03.01.2004]According to MCS Studios, MCS CPU Benchmark 2 is at the Beta stage now! Final version is expected within the next few days, so stay tuned.

Advanced HostMonitor 4.16 has been released! This version has several improvements and bugfixes.

[02.01.2004]NEW: D3D RightMark is a set of synthetic tests for you DirectX9-compliant video subsystem! This version of D3D Rightmark includes the following tests: Pixel Filling Test, Geometry Processing Speed Test, Hidden Surface Removal Test, Pixel Shader Test, Point Sprites Test and State Profiling Test.

[01.01.2004]CrystalCPUID 2.6.2.43 (New Year Special Edition) has been released!

CrystalMark 0.8.90.124 is available for download!

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