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September-October 2003

[31.10.2003]CrystalCPUID 2.1.3.24 has been released!

AIDA32 Preview version 3.85.2 is available for download! New in this release: detection of nVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 XT, nVIDIA Quadro FX 1100 and nVIDIA Quadro NVS 280 video chips, detection of Gainward FX PowerPack! Ultra/960XP, Gainward FX PowerPack! Ultra/1800XP, Leadtek WinFast A360, A360 Ultra, Leadtek WinFast A380, A380 Ultra, MSI FX5700, FX5700U, FX5950, FX5950U video cards, detection of AC'97 codec: Avance Logic ALC658, bugfixes, etc.
[30.10.2003]AIDA 2.11 is available for download! This release fixes some bugs.

T4U-Toaster 2.1 has been released!

Dr.Hardware 9.0e has been released! New in this version: detection of Athlon 64/64FX/Opteron, Intel Pentium M, VIA CX 3 Nehemiah, support for Intel 848P chipset; detection of nForce, nForce2, nForce3 and current ServerWorks, SiS and ALi chipsets, detection and analysis of the following chipsets: Intel 852GM, 852GME, 852PM, 855GM, 855PM, Intel 865G, 865P, 865PE, 875P, Intel E7205, E7501, E7505, AMD 8000, Intel 450NX, bugfixes, etc.

[29.10.2003]NEW: CrystalMark is a benchmark suite, which lets you test your CPU, memory, HDD and video subsystems!

NEW: CrystalCPUID is a CPU identification utility, which shows quite comprehensive information about your CPU, memory and BIOS!

[28.10.2003]Bench'emAll! 2.52 beta is available for download! New in this version: support for TRAOD and CodeCreatures Benchmark, bugfixes.
ASUS has released PC Probe 2.21.08!
[27.10.2003]Dr.Hardware 2004 5.0.1e is available for download! This release fixes two bugs found in the previous version.

HD Tach 2.70 has been released! This version adds Windows NT, 2000 and XP read testing in the trial version! In the past, support for these operating systems was only available in a registered copy. Besides, HD Tach 2.70 includes some other improvements and bugfixes.
Simpli Software, the author of HD Tach, has started a complete rewrite of the benchmark. This will be followed by a new optical benchmark that will include CD and DVD writing.
Thanks to Ulrich!

T4U-Toaster 2.0 has been released! New in this version: redesigned interface, a couple of new options, Motherboard Monitor 5 support, etc.

[26.10.2003]Maxon Computer has announced that its benchmark application CINEBENCH is now available as a G5-optimized beta-version.
Click here to learn more.

[25.10.2003]Resource Patrol 5.60 has been released! It includes a number of improvements and bugfixes.

Motherboard Monitor 5.3.5.1 is available for download! It fixes a few bugs.

[24.10.2003]Motherboard Monitor 5.3.5.0 has been released! New features include: Winbond W83647HF support, extended support for EPIA boards, a lot of minor improvements and bugfixes.

[23.10.2003]Dr.Hardware 2004 5.0.0e has been released! This version has a wealth of new features and improvements, including: network analysis: detailed information about Windows Network, resources, adapter (including IP/Mac addresses), RAS connections including connection statistics; Burn-In Benchmark test suite (registered version only); modernized user interface; detection of Athlon 64/64FX/Opteron, improved detection of Pentium 4 and Celeron (including Mobile processors), Xeon, Xeon MP, Pentium-III-S and Xeon, preliminary detection of Pentium 4 EE; support for nForce2 and current SiS chipsets (645, 650, 735, 746 etc.), preliminary support for nForce3 chipset; and much more!

NEW: DVDInfoPro is a freeware DVD information program!

[22.10.2003]OpenGL Extension Viewer 2.05 has been updated with build 159!

[21.10.2003]Nero InfoTool 2.07 has been released! New in this version: DirectX version and Operating System patch information, small improvements and bugfixes.

[20.10.2003]Nero CD Speed 2.10 has been released! New features include: Screen Capture Copy/Screen Capture Save functions, improved CD Quality Test, Disc Info button on main screen, bugfixes, etc.

MEMORyAL 4.0.1 has been released!

[19.10.2003]CD/DVD Diagnostic 2.1.0 build 267 has been released!

[18.10.2003]DVD Plus Identifier 3.0 has been released! New in this version: support for DVD-R/-RW, minor improvements and bugfixes.

[17.10.2003]AIDA 2.10 and AIDA32 3.85 are now available for download! Here's what's new: Korean language module, 64-bit kernel driver for AMD64 Windows, extended support for 64-bit AMD processors, bugfixes.

[16.10.2003]FreshDiagnose 6.40 has been released! What's new: new modules in the Multimedia section, including Video Capture, Mixer, Audio and Video Compression Manager.

[15.10.2003]RealStorm Benchmark 2004 has been released!

[14.10.2003]CPU-Z 1.20 has been released! Here's what's new: improved support for Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX, Opteron CPUs, Pentium 4 Extreme Edition support, support for VIA K8T800, improved SPD report, bugfixes, etc.

[13.10.2003]HD_Speed 1.3.2.35 has been released!

CDCheck 3.1.0.8b has been released!

[12.10.2003]CPUCooL 7.2.8 has been released! New in this version: small display movable, pll's added, mainboards added.

System Analyser 5.2y has been released! New in this version: recognition of AMD Applebred, Pentium M (Dothan), support for AMD 64 / Opteron socket 754 / 939 / 940, other improvements and bugfixes.

[10.10.2003]AIDA32 Preview version 3.81.7 is available for download! New in this release: motherboard specific sensor info for Intel D845PESV, improved chipset information for VIA K8 chipsets, detection of ATI Catalyst 3.8 driver, preliminary 64-bit kernel driver for AMD64 Windows XP, bugfixes, etc.
[08.10.2003]CPUInfo 2.1.1 is available for download! New in this version: detection of AMD Athlon 64(FX), some Transmeta processors, Dutch language support.

[07.10.2003]Central Brain Identifier 4.0 Final has been released! New features include: Clock Ratio, Host Clock and Voltage detection for all mobile AMD processors, including the AMD Athlon64 processor, new XP-Rating calculation formula for the Thoroughbred core with 200MHz bus, Opteron processor identification database is enhanced with Models 146 and 846, improved OPN and Release Date determination method, bugfixes, etc.

[06.10.2003]ScienceMark 2.0 Beta version 23092003 is available for download! It has several bugfixes and minor improvements.

MemTest 2.1 has been released!

[05.10.2003]SpeedTest 1.3 has been released!

[04.10.2003]OpenGL Extension Viewer 2.05 has been released! New in this version: OpenGL 1.5 test, Vertex Shader Language compliance test, OpenGL test with multisample option, Dutch localization, bugfixes, etc.

[03.10.2003]X-VESA 1.01 is available for download! What's new: reading of monitor EDID (Extended Display Identification Data), minor improvements, bugfixes.

X-ATA 1.43 has been released! New in this version: support for Promise PDC20271/318/319/371/375/376/621/629, HPT 302 ATA/ATAPI controllers, extended ATA devices information, bugfixes, etc.

Sandra 2004 [02.10.2003]SiSoftware Sandra 2004 has been released! This version has a wealth of new features and improvements, including:
  • Full Support for PDA / Smart Phone devices: All 10 benchmarks and many modules are fully supported on PDA and unlocked Smart Phones.
  • Remote benchmarking of Pocket PC 2000, 2002, Windows Mobile 2003 and Smartphone 2002, 2003 operating systems.
  • Multi-platform benchmark results (Win32 x86, Win64 IA64, Pocket PC ARM).
  • Multi-language combined installer: English, French, Dutch, Russian and Italian.
  • Geater support than before for the revolutionary AMD Opteron/Athlon 64/Athlon FX-64 single and multi-processor architecture (AMD Athlon 64/Athlon FX-64 CPUs; SiS 755/760, VIA K8T800/M chipsets; AMD 8111, SiS963/964 south bridges; NUMA up to 32/64 nodes; ACPI 2.0; SMBus 2.0).
  • Support for Intel Pentium 4 2x400MHz architecture (Intel Pentium 4 2.4-3.2GHz EE CPUs Intel 865FX, 848P, 855PM/DDR333, SiS 648FX, 655FX chipsets; SiS 964 south bridges).
  • Support for Intel Pentium M mobile architecture (Intel Pentium M 1.2-1.8GHz CPUs; Intel 855GM/DDR333 chipsets).
You can also buy SiSoftware Sandra 2004 Professional!

[01.10.2003]DVD Plus Identifier 2.4 has been released! It has a couple of minor improvements.

Western Digital Data Lifeguard 11.0 and Western Digital Data Lifeguard for Windows 11.0 have been released! New features include: support for all current WD drives, Windows version will work with Windows 2000 SP3 and Windows XP SP1 to overcome the 137GB barrier without the need for a controller card, etc.

[30.09.2003]AIDA32 Preview version 3.81.4 is available for download! New in this release: sensor info for SMSC LPC47M15x and SMSC LPC47M192, motherboard specific sensor info for ASRock M266(A), chipset information for SiS 760, bugfixes, etc.
[29.09.2003]NEW: Final Fantasy XI Official Benchmark 2, based on the Final Fantasy XI game engine, displays actual maps and characters, and allows you to check your PC's score for actual play of FINAL FANTASY XI for Windows!

HWiNFO 4.91 has been released! New features include support for Intel 855GME chipset and bugfixes.

[28.09.2003]WebServer Stress Tool 6.10 has been released! It has a couple of minor improvements and bugfixes.

[26.09.2003]Hot CPU Tester 4 has been released! Here's what's new: fully compliant with AMD Athlon 64 & AMD Opteron, Hyper-Threaded processors and multi-processor systems, DefectTrack v2.0(formerly known as DefectTech), new test modules (Fast Fourier Transform and Sorting Algorithms), burn-in CPU & Memory options, new interface & look, etc.

Monitor Asset Manager 1.10 is available for download!

Belarc Advisor has been updated to version 6.0j!

[25.09.2003]AIDA32 Preview version 3.81.1 is available for download! New in this release: sensor info for Winbond W83647HF, motherboard specific sensor info for DFI LANParty Pro875, bugfixes, etc.
According to the press release published a day or two ago, the forthcoming version of Hot CPU Tester Pro 4 will fully support the AMD Athlon 64 processor! The details are available here.

[24.09.2003]MBMLog 1.9.7 is available for download! It has a few improvements as well as French language support.
HWiNFO 4.90 has been released! New in this version: support for several new CRT and LCD monitors, Winbond W83627THF, W83637HF and some ADM H/W monitors, nVidia Quadro FX Go700, GeForce FX 5200SE, 5600SE, 5900SE and 5950 Ultra, ATI RADEON 9200 SE, 9800 SE and MOBILITY RADEON 9600 (M10), VIA K8T890, PT880 and PM880 chipsets, Intel 855GME chipset, Athlon 64 FX, recognition of nForce3 chipset, bugfixes, etc.

Futuremark Logo [23.09.2003]Futuremark Corporation has announced specific guidelines for graphics driver optimizations that yield a valid 3DMark performance reading. Some driver optimizations manipulate benchmark tests, causing results that are not comparable to those of other hardware and are thus deemed unsuitable for 3DMark usage.
These guidelines were made in cooperation with all members in the Futuremark's benchmark development program. As a summary, all 3DMark specific optimizations are prohibited. Additionally, all generic optimizations that change the rendering quality requested by 3DMark are prohibited.
The specific guidelines are:
  1. It is prohibited to change the rendering quality level that is requested by 3DMark.
  2. It is prohibited to detect 3DMark directly or indirectly. In its sole discretion, Futuremark may approve detection in order to fix a specified hardware error.
  3. Optimizations that utilize the empirical data of 3DMark are prohibited.
  4. Generic optimizations that do not violate the above rules and benefit applications in general are acceptable only if the rendering is mathematically consistent with that of Microsoft(r) DirectX(r) reference rasterizer.
Full press release is available here.

MEMORyAL 3.5.2.1 has been released!

Central Brain Identifier 4.0 RC has been released! New features include: Clock Ratio, Host Clock and Voltage detection for all mobile AMD processors, including the AMD Athlon64 processor, new XP-Rating calculation formula for the Thoroughbred core with 200MHz bus, Opteron processor identification database is enhanced with Models 146 and 846, improved OPN and Release Date determination method, bugfixes, etc.

[22.09.2003]HWiNFO32 1.33 has been released! New in this version: support for Winbond W83627THF, W83637HF and some ADM H/W monitors, nVidia Quadro FX Go700, GeForce FX 5200SE, 5600SE, 5900SE and 5950 Ultra, VIA K8T890, PT880 and PM880 chipsets, recognition of nForce3 chipset, support for Athlon 64 FX, ATI RADEON 9200 SE, 9800 SE and MOBILITY RADEON 9600 (M10), bugfixes, etc.

[21.09.2003]NetScanTools 5.10 has been released! This version has some minor improvements and bugfixes.

ASTRA 4.13 has been released! New in this version: reading of SPD information on ALI 1533, 1543 and 1535 south bridges, detection of AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon 64, AMD Athlon XP (Thorton) and AMD Duron (Applebred) processors, detection of clock multiplier of AMD Opteron, Athlon 64 and VIA Antaur processors, detection of BrandId identifier of AMD Opteron and Athlon 64 processors, detection of new AMD processors features: Software Thermal Control, Thermal Monitoring, Thermal Trip, Voltage ID Control, Frequency ID Control, Temperature Sensor and No-execute Page Protection, bugfixes, etc.

[19.09.2003]Monitor Asset Manager 1.09 is available for download!

NEW: DVD Plus Identifier retrieves and interprets the ADIP of DVD+R and DVD+RW discs!

[18.09.2003]AIDA 2.09 and AIDA32 3.80 are now available for download! Here's what's new: Serbian language module, extended sensor and SMBus support, bugfixes.

Belarc Advisor has been updated to version 6.0i!

FreshDiagnose 6.30 has been released! What's new: Processor and Internet Settings modules enhancement.

[17.09.2003]AIDA32 Preview version 3.78.7 is available for download! New in this release: SMBus support for ALi M1535 of ALi M1646, M1647 chipsets, GPU info for NV36, NV36GL, NV38, bugfixes, etc.
[16.09.2003]AIDA32 Preview version 3.78.6 is available for download! New in this release: detection of ATI Catalyst 3.7 driver, basic chipset information for ITE IT8330G, sensor info for VIA VT1211, motherboard specific sensor info for Abit KV7 and Gigabyte 8GE667/8GE800, bugfixes, etc.
[15.09.2003]Massive Development has finally released their much anticipated AquaMark 3 - The Reality Benchmark!

Advanced HostMonitor 4.10 has been released! This version has some minor but useful improvements.

[14.09.2003]NEW REVIEW: Chris "webratt" has reviewed HWiNFO32! Don't miss it!

BAPCo is to release SYSMark 2004 until the end of this year. SYSMark 2004 expands on the foundation of the SYSMark benchmark series with: concurrent execution of applications, cutting edge "think time" methodology that mirrors real world usage, updated application versions, additional usage models to reflect a forward looking environment, etc.

[13.09.2003]VIA has released the HyperTransport Analyzer utility for AMD64 Architecture Based Motherboards. The utility can be run on any AMD64 based system regardless of vendor, and displays the actual bus width and frequency, both upstream and downstream, of the HyperTransport link between the CPU and Chipset.
MBM-Net 1.2 has been released! MBM-Net is a companion program to Motherboard Monitor 5. It allows you to monitor computers on your network and display information such as CPU temperature, system temperature, and fan speeds. Version 1.2 lets you save the window size and position.
[12.09.2003]HMonitor 4.1.3.3 has been released! This version includes support for VIA KT600 chipset, AMD AMD8111 southbridge, VIA KM266, KT400, KT600 LowPowerMode, VIA VT1211 sensor chip, NS PC97366 sensor chip; minor improvements and bugfixes, etc.

Intel has released the Chipset Identification Utility 2.86, which allows to identify the specific Intel chipset that is located on your motherboard.
[11.09.2003]OpenGL Extension Viewer 2.04 has been updated with build 155!

[10.09.2003]Alchemy Eye 5.2 has been released! New in this version: check length alerts (the program can alert in the event that the server response time exceeds the value defined by the Network Administrator), new menu item - "Check all dead servers now", bugfixes.

Bergemann und Espenschied Datentechnik GbR have released the second beta version of their new software product - ChipInfo! The program displays comprehensive information about the chipset, PCI bus, etc. This beta includes support for Intel chipset models 865/875, multifunction devices ICH3-M, ICH-4 and ICH5, as well as several chipsets from AMD and VIA.
NEW: MHDD is an utility for fast and informative low-level drive diagnostics!

[09.09.2003]ASTRA 4.13 Beta has been released! New in this version: reading of SPD information on ALI 1533, 1543 and 1535 south bridges, detection of AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon 64, AMD Athlon XP (Thorton) and AMD Duron (Applebred) processors, detection of clock multiplier of AMD Opteron, Athlon 64 and VIA Antaur processors, detection of new AMD processors features, bugfixes, etc.
CPU-Z 1.19b has been released! Here's what's new: support for nForce3, CPU voltage periodically refreshed, better support for nForce2 chipset, several bugfixes.

[08.09.2003]Battery Eater 2003 v.1.04 has been released! New features include: new splash screen, report backup, auto logging, other improvements and bugfixes.

MEMORyAL 3.5.2 has been released!

OpenGL Extension Viewer 2.04 has been released! New in this version: Ukrainian and French localization, improved localization system.

[07.09.2003]ASUS has released PC Probe 2.21.05!
Advanced Administrative Tools 5.56 has been released! It contains minor improvements and bugfixes.

[05.09.2003]AIDA32 Preview version 3.76.8 is available for download! New in this release: /IF command-line option to load custom .INI file.
Massive Development has announced that the release of AquaMark 3 - The Reality Benchmark is scheduled for September 15, 3:00 pm GMT!
The basic application will be available as a free download on a large number of mirror sites around the world. This version supports the AquaMark TRISCORE benchmark test and free online access to the ARC.
The AquaMark online shop will offer a range of extended versions for private as well as for commercial use. All of these licenses contain the capability to check the customer's system extensively. They also comprise a wide range of unique features like pixel rate tests and pixel shader complexity tests. Prices start at $9.95 ( 9.95 for EURO countries) for the fully featured Professional Version.

[04.09.2003]ToolStar*Windows 1.04 has been released!

PC Surgeon 3.60 has been released!

[03.09.2003]AIDA32 Preview version 3.76.7 is available for download! This release has some minor improvements.
HDD Health 2.1 build 159 Beta has been released! This version includes some minor improvements and bugfixes.

FreeMeter 2.7.7 has been released! New in this version: much improved non-English language operating system support, minor changes and bugfixes.

[02.09.2003]NEW: RightMark 3DSound is a sound test with a number of useful features!

[01.09.2003]AIDA32 Preview version 3.76.6 is available for download! New in this release: motherboard specific sensor info for DFI NT70 Series, Gigabyte 6VX7-4X, Intel D865PERL, Shuttle AK35 Series, Shuttle MK35, sensor info for Analog Devices ADT7460 and Analog Devices ADT7463, GPU info for ATI M9+, M9+X, M9+GL, Radeon 9800 SE, basic chipset information for ALi M1681, M1683, M1687.
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