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January-February 2006

[28.02.2006]CDCheck 3.1.11.0 is available for download! This release fixes some bugs.

[27.02.2006]PC Wizard 2006 1.67 has been released! New features include: support for Intel i945PM/GM/GT and i975X chipsets, support for Intel Core Solo/Duo (Yonah), Intel Pentium 4 (CedarMill, Presler), Athlon 64 "Venice" new models, Athlon 64 FX-60, VIA C7 and C7-M (Esther) processors, Russian language support, preliminary support for Intel Core Duo (Merom), preliminary support for nVidia G70, minor improvements, etc.

MEMORyAL 4.3 is available for download!

[26.02.2006]SensorsView Pro 2.1 has been released! Here's what's new: physical memory usage monitoring, event log, support for the following sensor chips: W83L784, W83L785, LM63, LM85, LM87, ADM1027, ADM1028, ADM1030, ADM1031, MAX1617, MAX1618, MAX1619, VT1211, GL523, THMC50, ADT7476, EMC6D103; bugfixes, etc.

CheckeMON 1.1 has been released! This version includes a new test: Phase.

[25.02.2006]NextSensor 1.1.0.0 Build 0225 Final has been released! New features include: compatibility with Microsoft Windows x64, ability to choose a temperature sensor line for a hard disk drive, updated version of VT-Trigger 1.2.25.6.

[24.02.2006]PassMark BurnInTest 5.0 has been released! This version has a wealth of new features and improvements, including: MP3 playback test, color printer test, new post test and pre test actions, "Plugin" test that allows users to develop their own BurnInTest test modules for specialized hardware, advanced network test, AMD and Intel Dual core reporting, support for DirectX 9.0c, updated user interface, a lot of bugfixes, etc.

PassMark PerformanceTest 6.0 build 1009 is available for download! This release fixes a lot of bugs.

[23.02.2006]EVEREST 2.80 has been released! Here's what's new: memory copy bandwidth benchmark, completely rewritten memory benchmark methods, Cache & Memory Benchmark Suite panel to measure both processor cache and system memory performance, ATA and SATA RAID controller scanning to provide information on disk drives of RAID arrays, improved Disk Benchmark Module To Better Support RAID Arrays, support for Intel Core Duo and Core Solo processors, Intel i945GM, i945GT and i945PM chipsets and the latest mobile wireless technologies.

ClockGen 1.0.4.2 has been released! Changes include: restored compatibility with Windows 98/Me, improved SMBus support for Intel ICH6/7, bugfixes.
ClockGen is a overclocking tool that allow to dynamically overclock such devices as CPU, memory, AGP and PCI bus.
[22.02.2006]DISCInfo 1.6.0 has been released! Here's what's new: support for a number of new Toshiba drive models, screen capture button, bugfixes.

[21.02.2006]Belarc Advisor 7.1f has been released!

Crystal Dew World has updated its products:
Disk Bench 2.5.0.2 has been released! DiskBench now uses Microsoft .Net 2.0. This version is basically a conversion to the new framework. It does contain some minor bugfixes.

[20.02.2006]Hard Drive Inspector 1.6 Build 915 is available for download! It has a couple of minor improvements.

[19.02.2006]AuthScanner 2.0.4.0 Build 0218 has been released! It is a unique experimental tool that provides handling, editing and storing code matrices of the AMD64 processors (including Opteron, Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 FX).
New features include: full identification of AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 and the latest two models of AMD Opteron 256 and 856 3.0GHz processors, new OPN database entries.
Crystal Dew World has released:
SIV 3.10 has been released! Here's what's new: logos for new Intel processors, cache sizes and steppings report for some new CPUs.

Advanced HostMonitor 5.86 is available for download! This release has a number of improvements and bugfixes. Visit the official page for details.

[18.02.2006]CINEBENCH 9.5 has been released! Now the performance of Windows 64-bit systems as well as the new Intel-based Macintosh computers can be measured. CINEBENCH 9.5 is available for Windows 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems and as a "Universal Binary" version for Apple Macintosh computers with PowerPC or Intel Core Duo processors. CINEBENCH 9.5 is based on the latest version of Maxon's CINEMA 4D.
Many thanks to PC_SPACE.sk! Dakujeme!

Hitachi has released Drive Fitness Test 4.06! It has an improved SATA support.

RightMark Memory Analyzer 3.6.2 has been released! New features include: full support for Intel Core Solo and Intel Core Duo (Yonah core) processors, support for Intel 945GM/PM chipsets, new CPU Database entries.

[17.02.2006]Notebook Hardware Control 1.10 beta 1 (formerly known as Centrino Hardware Control) has been released! Notebook Hardware Control is a nice utility that allows to easily control the hardware components of your Notebook (AMD and Intel). Notebook Hardware Control helps you to:
  • prolong the battery lifetime and cool down the system with CPU Voltage Control and ATI Clock Control;
  • full processor speed control with custom dynamic switching and CPU Speed Control (CPU policy);
  • monitor the battery charge level and system temperature;
  • control and monitor the Hard Drive with S.M.A.R.T management, acoustic & advanced power management and Hard Drive temperature monitoring;
  • reduce noise with Notebook FAN Control.
New features include: Voltage Control for Pentium 4 (mobile and desktop), Power Scheme Control, possibility to show the HDD temperature in the system tray, ATI Powerplay support, improved the CPU clock detection, minor improvements, bugfixes, etc.
Note: Notebook Hardware Control works on all notebooks with Intel and AMD CPU's. Some features are only available on newer Pentium CPU's. You must have Microsoft's .NET Version 2.0 Framework installed.
[16.02.2006]Alchemy Eye has been updated to version 7.6.19! It has some minor improvements.

An updated version of Belarc Advisor 7.0t is available for download!

Futuremark Logo [15.02.2006]Futuremark Corporation has established an open development program to define and create VGMark07, the OpenVG Benchmark. This new benchmark will provide handheld industry companies developing OpenVG API enabled hardware with objective and accurate cross platform comparisons of OpenVG performance.
Futuremark is designing VGMark07 as a complete benchmark suite. To reliably gauge the performance of handheld devices running applications that utilize OpenVG API, workloads will be based on popular consumer applications that place a high demand on system performance. The full suite of tests is subject to change, pending industry and partner feedback during the development process, but will replicate OpenVG API dependant tasks such as user interface, text rendering, vector animation and mapping/navigation.
Futuremark is currently inviting qualified handheld industry companies to pre-license the VGMark07. Read on.

OpenGL Extension Viewer 2.24 has been released! New features include: improved extensions database browser, improved benchmark mode, bugfixes, etc.

[14.02.2006]VT-Trigger 1.0.2.6 is available for download! This version is compatible with VIA VT8235 and VT8237A South Bridges.
[13.02.2006]DVD Identifier 4.3.0 has been released! Here's what's new: updated manufacturer database, drive interface selection with an option to choose the Nero ASPI layer (if installed), support for Web Proxy Auto Discovery (WPAD) and PAC scripts, improved SPTI support, minor improvements and bugfixes.

[12.02.2006]An updated version of Alchemy Eye 7.6.18 is available for download! It fixes some bugs.

[11.02.2006]VT-Trigger 1.0 plug-in for NextSensor has been released! It allows to reduce the clock speed of any processor using the VIA VT 8237 South Bridge clock throttling mechanism. VT-Trigger can also activate the Thermal Throttling technology to automatically reduce the speed of your processor in case of overheating.
[10.02.2006]WebServer Stress Tool 7.1.0.222/223 is available for download! It fixes some bugs.

[09.02.2006]Video Card Stability Test 1.0.0.2 is available for download! Here's what's new: artefacts detection module, improved benchmark, minor improvements.

SpeedFan 4.28 has been released! The biggest news about this version is the IN-DEPTH ONLINE HARD DISK ANALYSIS TOOL. It is an advanced tool that checks the status of your drive and returns graphs and annotations just like an expert would do. Other changes include: centralized INTERNET configuration tab in the CONFIGURE dialog, support for NForce410, support for some new video cards, improved S.M.A.R.T. handling, minor improvements and bugfixes.

[08.02.2006]HMonitor 4.2.4.1 has been released! New features include: SMSC LPC47B397, LPC47M192, DME1737 sensors chips support, Winbond W83627HG, W83627EHG, W83697HG support, ALi/ULi M1647, M1689, M1695, M1697 chipsets support, support for ALi/ULi M1563, ATi IXP300 & IXP400 southbridges, Abit uGuru2005 embedded controller support, minor improvements.

Alchemy Eye 7.6.17 is available for download! This update fixes some bugs.

[07.02.2006]System Analyser 5.3l has been released! New features include: AACS (Advanced Access Content System) detection, detection of AMD Sempron (Palermo), Intel Presler / Cedar Mill, updated device database, minor improvements, bugfixes, etc.

ClockGen 1.0.4.1 has been released! This version uses a brand new GUI, and includes a PLL registers editor.
ClockGen is a overclocking tool that allow to dynamically overclock such devices as CPU, memory, AGP and PCI bus.
FreeMeter 2.8.2 Build 161 is available for download! This is a bugfix release.

[06.02.2006]CPU-Z 1.32 has been released! Here's what's new: Athlon FX-60 detection, support for Celeron 35x Cedar Mill and Pentium D 805, improved Core Solo & Core Duo detection, VIA C7 CPU detection, Intel i975X and i945GT chipsets support, minor improvements and bugfixes.

Intel has released Desktop Control Center 2.0.0020! IDCC enables you to perform stress tests to verify system stability and to conduct performance testing to measure the impact of system configuration changes. The easy-to-read system gauges provide feedback so you can observe the effects of various system modifications in real-time. This easy-to-use console dynamically displays temperatures, speed, and usage percentages, allowing you to verify system stability and check performance gains without rebooting into the BIOS.
The Intel Desktop Control Center version 2.0 is supported on these Intel Desktop Boards: D975XBX, D955XBK, D955XCS, and D945PVS. It is not backwards compatible with any previous versions of Intel Desktop Control Center.
If you have one of the following boards, please, use version 1.3.00.63: D925XECV2, D924XEBC2, D925XCV, D925XBC, D915PBL, D875PBZ, D865PERL.
[05.02.2006]Central Brain Identifier 7.7.0.6 Build 0205 R6 is available for download! New feature include: negative processor temperature detection for Winbond I/O chips, improved support for Winbond I/O chips, full recognition of two Sempron 64 processors based on the Winchester core (SDA3000DIO2BI and SDA3200DIO3BI).
[04.02.2006]An updated version of MVSoft PC Information 2.0.1.6 is available for download!

[03.02.2006]DVDInfoPro 4.54 build 2 is available for download! It fixes a small bug affecting some older Pioneer burners.

Crystal Dew World has updated its products:
NextSensor 1.0.1.0 Build 0202 RC2 has been released! This version includes a few bugfixes, as well as an ability to use external plug-ins (Demo plug-in source code (Delphi) is also available for download).

[02.02.2006]DVDInfoPro 4.54 has been released! Here's what's new: reduced start time, Solid Burn technology detection, DVD+RW DL detection, Layer Jump Recording detection, Lightscribe and Labelflash detection, bugfixes, etc.

Hard Drive Inspector has been updated to version 1.5 Build 908!

[01.02.2006]Alchemy Eye 7.6.16 is available for download! This is a bugfix update.

An updated version of RightMark 3DSound 2.2 is available for download! New features are related to the CPU utilization test: "Load system memory" mode to load system memory while testing, "Sample size" setting.

Advanced HostMonitor 5.82 has been released! This version has a number of improvements and bugfixes. Visit the official page for details.

[31.01.2006]Alchemy Eye 7.6 has been released! Here's what's new: MySQL monitoring, minor improvements and bugfixes.

[30.01.2006]FreeMeter 2.8.2 has been released! This version has some minor improvements and bugfixes.

An updated version of PCIDEVS.TXT is available for download!
[29.01.2006]BEupdated 0.2 is available for download! BEupdated is a small tool that will automatically update your copy of Battery Eater to the latest version. This release fixes a number of bugs.
[28.01.2006]Intel has released the Chipset Identification Utility 3.1, which allows to identify the specific Intel chipset that is located on your motherboard.
[27.01.2006]HD Tune 2.52 has been released! It fixes some bugs.

CDCheck 3.1.10.0 Final is available for download!

[26.01.2006]NEW: ArchMark is a purely synthetic graphics benchmark that measures throughput for specific parts of a rendering pipeline while trying to avoid being bottlenecked by anything else!

[25.01.2006]CD/DVD Diagnostic 2.2.0 build 23 is available for download!

[24.01.2006]NEW: HDDScan is a program for low-level HDD diagnostics, which supports IDE/SATA/SCSI hard disk drives, RAID arrays, external USB/Firewire hard disks and flash cards!

[23.01.2006]NextSensor 1.0.1.0 Build 0120 RC has been released! Changes include: fan speed monitoring, HDD temperature monitoring (Windows NT-based systems only), GUI improvements and bugfixes.

PassMark MonitorTest 2.2 (build 1006 rev.2) is available for download! It fixes some bugs.

[22.01.2006]Modem Doctor 3.0 is due for release in the second quarter of the current year! The new version is expected to support the latest technologies and hardware. According to the program's website, the release date, as well as some information on the new features will be announced in the near future.

[21.01.2006]IOzone Filesystem Benchmark 3.259 is available for download! It has a number of minor improvements.

[20.01.2006]RightMark CPU Clock Utility 2.0 has been released! RMClock is a simple utility designed for realtime CPU frequency monitoring and realtime adjustment of the CPU multiplier (FID) and voltage level (VID) of the supported CPUs via processor's power management model specific registers (MSRs).
The new version has a lot of improvements, including: completely new user interface design, CPU frequency and CPU/OS load system tray indicators, new CPU performance level management logic that allows instant multiple-states PST/ODCM transitions, support for Intel Pentium D and Pentium Extreme Edition 900 series, Intel Core Solo and Core Duo processors, support for "non-mobile" versions of ICH4 and ICH6 south bridges in Intel Centrino mobile platform advanced settings, integration with Windows power management and standard LCD backlight interface, minor improvements, bugfixes, etc.
[19.01.2006]System Information for Windows (SIW) 1.56 has been released! It includes some minor improvements and bugfixes.

PassMark ModemTest 1.3 Build 1010 is available for download! ModemTest's Local Diagnostics mode can now be used as a PassMark BurnInTest V5.0 (or higher) plugin test.

CrystalCPUID 4.6.3.288 is available for download!

[18.01.2006]HWiNFO32 1.59 has been released! New features include: reporting of Intel Processor numbers for Prescott, Smithfield, Paxville MP, Cedar Mill, Presler, Dempsey, Banias, Dothan and Yonah, support for VIA P4M890, support for Abit MicroGuru2005 sensor, support for nVidia G72, preliminary recognition of Intel Broadwater chipset, identification of LGA771 socket, minor improvements, bugfixes, etc.

3DMark06 has been released! As always, the new version includes a wealth of new features and improvements. Building on 3DMark05 as a foundation, Futuremark improved the core 3D engine, adding more complex ShaderModel 2.0 tests, stunning High Dynamic Range (HDR) ShaderModel 3.0 tests, and overall enhanced the product with substantially higher polygonal counts expected to be found in games two years into the future. Even with the addition of HDR/ShaderModel 3.0 tests, 3DMark06 still enables ShaderModel 2.0 compliant graphics card owners to run most of the benchmark and get a fully comparable 3DMark score.
3DMark06 is the first product from Futuremark using the AGEIA(tm) PhysX software physics library in two very complex, game-like threaded CPU tests conceived to measure properly performances of single processor, multi-core and multiple processor systems in next generation of games. In addition to using real-time physics, both CPU tests also employ multi-threaded artificial intelligence algorithms.
The new scoring system in 3DMark06 acknowledges the use of CPU related tasks in the latest and future games, and accordingly the CPU results affect the final 3DMark score. To further enable media professionals, end-users, IHV's and OEM's to compare pure graphics and CPU performance, 3DMark06 also provides three new sub scores SM2.0 Score, HDR/SM3.0 Score and CPU Score, all of which are fully valid and comparable scores.
Futuremark's Basic, Advanced and Professional editions of 3DMark06 are available now. The Basic Edition is free. An Advanced Edition is available online for $19.95 per license, or $29.95 plus shipping and handling for software on CD. The Professional Edition costs $490 per license when downloaded electronically, or $500 plus shipping and handling for the software on CD. Read the press release.

[17.01.2006]PassMark KeyboardTest 2.2 build 1011 is available for download! KeyboardTest can now be used as a PassMark BurnInTest V5.0 (or higher) plugin test, to allow a batch mode type test from within BurnInTest.

HDD Thermometer 1.3 Final has been released! This version supports the Greek language and has a few bugfixes.

[16.01.2006]An updated version of RightMark Memory Analyzer 3.6.1 is available for download! This is a bugfix release.

Vitaliy Jungle has released a new utility called NextSensor! It is a small and easy to use temperature and voltage monitoring tool. This release (1.0.0.0 Build 0115 Beta 1) lacks some features, but provides accurate and handy temperature and voltage monitoring.

[15.01.2006]Crystal Dew World has updated its products:
[14.01.2006]Maxtor has released Powermax 4.22!

[13.01.2006]Central Brain Identifier 7.7.0.5 Build 0114 R4 is available for download! It fixes a bug that caused the program to incorrectly detect the model number for the Athlon 64 FX family.
NEW: miceJUDGE is a mouse quality testing program!
Many thanks to PC_SPACE.sk!

[12.01.2006]RightMark Memory Analyzer 3.6.1 has been released! Here's what's new: identification of Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 955 and Pentium D 900 series (Presler core), new Intel Pentium 4 (Prescott) core revisions (G1 and R0), preliminary support and logos for Intel Core Solo and Intel Core Duo (Yonah core) processors, support for the Intel 975X chipset, new CPU Database entries.

An updated version of PCIDEVS.TXT is available for download!
Hard Drive Inspector has been updated to version 1.5 Build 895!

[11.01.2006]GCPUID 2.0.0024 is available for download!

DVDInfoPro 4.52 is available for download! It includes some minor improvements and bugfixes.

OpenGL Extension Viewer 2.23 has been released! New features include: OpenGL display drivers version checker (it shows extensions that are missing but available on a more recent version of graphics card drivers, helping to track down machines running outdated graphics card drivers or OS revisions), ability to edit shaders used in the rendering tests (XML format), bugfixes.

Intel has released the Processor Identification Utility 2.6!

[10.01.2006]HardwareOC has released another utility - Serious Sam 2 Benchmark! It allows to benchmark Serious Sam 2 v2.066. Key features:
  • Resolutions from 640x480 up to 2048x1536.
  • HD WideScreen resolutions (1280x768, 1920x1080, 1920x1200) support.
  • 3 built-in demos.
  • OpenGL or Direct3D rendering engine.
  • HDR support.
  • Antialiasing and Anisotrophic filtering support.
The program supports both Windows XP 32-bit and 64-bit.
[09.01.2006]SensorsView Pro 1.2 has been released! It supports the latest monitoring chips, including NS PC87360, PC87363, PC87363, PC87364, PC87365, PC8787366, as well as some chipsets from ATI, AMD, ALI and VIA.

TaskInfo 6.2.2.188 is available for download! This is a bugfix release.

[03.01.2006]Crystal Dew World has updated its products:
Tsafrin Computing has updated its utilities! Both applications include an improved user interface and a few other minor improvements.
[02.01.2006]NEW: SensorsView Pro is a program that monitors your system temperatures, including CPU, motherboard, hard disks, voltages, and fan speeds!

[01.01.2006]GCPUID 2.0.0022 has been released! Here's what's new: additional comman line parameters, support for the latest models of Intel and AMD processors (including FX-60), TCaseMax/TDP detection for AMD64 CPUs, a lot of minor improvements and bugfixes.

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