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November-December 2007

Happy New Year!

[31.12.2007]Dear visitors! I would like to wish you and your families a Happy New Year! May the coming year bring to you all the blessings of peace, good health, and joy! May 2008 be prosperous and rewarding for you! Please, keep on visiting BenchmarkHQ in the New Year as I believe a wealth of great things are soon to come! See you in 2008!

[30.12.2007]HWMonitor 1.06 has been released! Here's what's new: improved interface, bugfixes, etc.

[29.12.2007]BenchmarkHQ introduces a new section: Notebook, devoted entirely to software that is designed especially for notebook PCs! If you have anything to add to this section, please contact us.

Central Brain Identifier 8.3.6.6 build 1228 R6 has been released!
[28.12.2007]Memtest86 3.4a is available for download!

[27.12.2007]SensorsView Pro 3.1 has been updated with build 12271!

[26.12.2007]USBlyzer 1.2 has been released! It has a lot of small improvements. Visit the official page for details.

[25.12.2007]S&M 1.9.1 is available for download! This release includes some minor improvements and fixes a lot of bugs.

DVDInfoPro 4.7.6 has been released! It has a number of minor improvements and bugfixes.

PdnBench 3.20 has been released! This version adds support for Paint.NET v3.20.

[24.12.2007]ASUS has released PC Probe II 1.04.29!
[23.12.2007]The time has come to change our poll! But first, here are the results of the last poll:
Do you have Windows Vista installed?
  1. No - 31.83%
  2. No, never! - 30.07%
  3. Yes - 22.74%
  4. I will install it later - 15.36%
You can always find these results at their permanent address.
This time we ask you about your video card: My videocard is based on...

CrystalDiskMark 1.0.6 is available for download!

[21.12.2007]HWMonitor 1.0.5.9 has been released! This version fixes a few bugs.

Crystal Dew World has updated its utilities:
[20.12.2007]Advanced HostMonitor 7.06 beta is available for download! It has a lot of new features and improvements. Visit the official page for details.

GPU-Z 0.1.5 has been released! It includes a number of minor improvements and bugfixes.

System Information for Windows (SIW) 1.73 has been released! New in this version: "Minimize to SysTray" option, updated device database, bugfixes.

Geekbench 2.0.9 is available for download!

[19.12.2007]PCI32 1.6 has been released! This version adds mostly bug fixes and support for the very latest generations of hardware, as well as Windows Vista compatibility. If you run PCI32 under 32-bit VIsta, please, make sure you have an account with Administrator rights, and switch off UAC.

[18.12.2007]Crystal Dew World has updated its utilities:
[17.12.2007]GPU-Z 0.1.4 has been released! Here's what's new: BIOS extraction features, improved detection for NV40 0x0040, G80-600, G84, G86, G92, G98, minor changes, etc.

Dr.Hardware 2008 Build 9.0.0e has been released! This version has a wealth of new features and improvements, including: identification of dual-core Intel Xeon 7200 and Quad-Core Intel Xeon 7300 processor, Celeron 400, AMD Opteron Socket 1207, preliminary support for AMD Phenom, improved detection of Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors, support for Intel 945GME, GM965, PM965, GL960, GME965, GLE960, G31, P31, Q33, Q35, X38, 7300, E8501 chipsets, detection of some new PCI devices, support for latest processor features (SSE4.1, SSE4.2, SSE4A, 100MHz Steps, 3DNowPrefetch etc.), updated device database, bugfixes, and more!

[16.12.2007]Crystal Dew World has updated its utilities:
SensorsView Pro 3.1 has been updated with build 12141!

[15.12.2007]MVSoft PC Information 2.2.1.5 is available for download!

[14.12.2007]SIV 3.27 has been released! New features include: updated [Sensors] page, [Wi-Fi] page that dynamically lists the Wi-Fi SSID, Signal Strength, Channel, Frequency, Radio Type, Authentication, Cipher and MAC Address, enhanced the [Adapters] page, minor changes and bugfixes.

CrystalDiskMark 1.0.5c is available for download!

[13.12.2007]Seagate has released SeaTools for DOS 2.07!

[12.12.2007]SiSoftware Sandra XII SP1 (2008.1.13.12) has been released! New features include:
  • Wireless Performance Benchmark: A new, dedicated benchmark which tests the performance of wireless adapters and access points or routers, against their link, speed and power. You will also have the ability to determine the quality of the connection (dropped packets, efficiency), as well as the impact of various security methods (WEP, WPA, WPA2).
  • Tape and DAT Performance Benchmark: A new, dedicated benchmark which tests the performance of tape backup devices, against their DAT rating and power. With digital data increasing in size as well as importance, the speed and reliability of backup solutions becomes even more significant.
  • Ability to determine the value for money products ("bang per buck") and most efficient products (least power) by comparing performance against speed and power.
  • Ability to save charts to images (GIF, PNG, JPEG) to make publishing easier.
  • Support for new hardware and software.

[11.12.2007]Dr.Hardware 2008 Build 9.0.0d (German version) has been released! Here's what's new: identification of dual-core Intel Xeon 7200 and Quad-Core Intel Xeon 7300 processor, Celeron 400, AMD Opteron Socket 1207, preliminary support for AMD Phenom, improved detection of Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors, support for Intel 945GME, GM965, PM965, GL960, GME965, GLE960, G31, P31, Q33, Q35, X38, 7300, E8501 chipsets, detection of some new PCI devices, bugfixes, etc.
[10.12.2007]S.M.A.R.T. Vision 2.21 is available for download! This is a bugfix release.

[09.12.2007]Advanced HostMonitor 7.00 beta is available for download! It has a lot of new features and improvements. Visit the official page for details.

[08.12.2007]Fresh Diagnose 7.72 has been released! It includes support for Korean, Russian, and Chinese languages, as well as two new modules: Open/Save Dialog and Recent Files in Traces section.

[07.12.2007]GPU-Z 0.1.3 has been released! Here's what's new: detection for G92 based 8800 GTS, improved NVIDIA driver version detection on XP64, support for original GeForce Quadro, numerous bugfixes, etc.

[06.12.2007]Intel has released Desktop Control Center 4.0 Beta! 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.
This version is designed especially for 32-bit editions of Windows XP/Vista and currently supported only on the Intel DX38BT board.
[05.12.2007]NEW: HWMonitor is a hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors!

HWiNFO32 1.77 has been released! New features include: support for nVidia MCP73, ATI RS780(M) and RD890 chipsets, preliminary Eaglelake and ICH10 support, preliminary recognition of Intel X48 chipset, recognition of nVidia nForce 780i SLI chipset, minor improvements and bugfixes.

GPU-Z 0.1.2 has been released! Here's what's new: improved device detection for certain models of: Rage Pro, Rage XL, RageII, RV280, RV515, RV516, R580, R600, Rage Mobility. i810G, i815G, i845G, i865G, i915G, i830GM, i910GL, i915GV, i855GM, i915GM, i945G. G84, G86, G92, G98, C51; pressing F5 will now take a .GIF format screenshot; a lot of minor improvements and bugfixes.

[04.12.2007]PassMark PerformanceTest 6.1 has been updated with build 1010! It corrects the Multitasking test to run across multiple CPU cores.

[03.12.2007]CD/DVD Diagnostic 3.0.0 build 51 is available for download!

[02.12.2007]Hard Drive Inspector 2.61 build 441 is available for download! This is a bugfix release.

NextSensor 2.7.3.0 build 1201 Final is available for download!

[29.11.2007]Crystal Dew World has updated its utilities:
[27.11.2007]Memtest86 3.4 has been released! Here's what's new: error summary display, support for additional chipsets, improved CPU detection, memory module information, bugfixes.

[26.11.2007]Crystal Dew World has updated its utilities:
[25.11.2007]DVDInfoPro 4.7.5 has been released! New features include: RPM Speed Test for HD-DVD, "DVD Download" media type detection, AACS detection, numerous bugfixes, etc.

[24.11.2007]Hard Drive Inspector 2.60 build 440 is available for download! It has some minor improvements.

[23.11.2007]CPU-Z 1.42 has been released! New features include: support for Intel Wolfdale/Yorkfield/Penryn processors, improved support for AMD Phenom and Opteron Barcelona, CPU core selection, loading progress bar.

PC Wizard 2008 1.81 has been released! It includes a number of minor improvements and bugfixes.

CrystalDMI has been updated to version 1.0.1a!

[22.11.2007]Hard Disk Sentinel for DOS 0.01 is available for download!

[21.11.2007]FRAPS 2.9.3 is available for download! This release fixes a few bugs.

TrueSpeed 1.7 has been released! Here's what's new: SSSE3, SSE4.1, and SSE4.2 detection, updated CPU detection and cache detection code according to latest Intel documentation, CPU SIMD information tab, bugfixes, etc.

CD/DVD Diagnostic 3.0.0 build 50 is available for download!

[20.11.2007]CrystalDiskMark 1.0.5 is available for download!

System Information for Windows (SIW) 1.72 has been released! It includes two new modules ("Browser Helper Objects" and "Shell Extensions"), minor changes and bugfixes.

[19.11.2007]HMonitor 4.3.2.1 has been released! Here's what's new: HDD S.M.A.R.T. attributes display, Analog Devices ADT7475 sensor chip support, AMD/ATi 690G chipset support, support for Abit IP35 PRO and Asus M2N32 SLI Deluxe mainboards, support for Asus A6J family notebooks, CPU, HDD and VGA temperature monitoring for Toshiba Portege M205, battery charge level monitoring, minor improvements and bugfixes.

Geekbench 2.0.8b is available for download!

[18.11.2007]Thaiphoon Burner 4.1 build 1118 Final has been released! New features include: advanced SMBus engine with improved support for Intel ICHx I/O controller hubs, VIA VT82xx southbridges and all ATI IXP peripheral controllers (including SB700, SB600, SB460, SB450, etc.), enhanced HTML report for DDR2 SDRAM, DDR2 thermal parameters reporting (including TCaseMax).

[16.11.2007]ASTRA 5.34 is available for download! Here's what's new: improved multiprocessor support, detection of CD/DVD device physical interface type (ATAPI, Serial ATAPI, SCSI, USB, Fibre Channel, IEEE), detection of DVD-RW DL, HD DVD-R DL, HD DVD-RW, HD DVD-RW DL read features, reading of SPD information on Intel Tolapai processor, detection of Intel Quad-Core Xeon (Tigerton), Intel Dual-Core Xeon (Tigerton), Intel Core 2 Extreme Mobile, Intel Pentium Dual-Core Mobile (Merom), Intel Celeron (Conroe-L/Merom-L), AMD Embedded Opteron, AMD Athlon 64 X2 (Tyler), AMD Turion 64 X2 (Hawk, Griffin) processors, PCI devices dump and CPU dump at the end of the text report, updated device database, bugfixes, etc.

[15.11.2007]Alchemy Eye 8.9.5 has been released! It includes a number of minor improvements and bugfixes.

Crystal Dew World has updated its utilities:
SIV 3.26 has been released! New features include: improved Dell BIOS based Fan Speed and Temperature reporting to work with more systems, improved reporting of nVidia Graphics Cards, updated [Machine] for the SMBIOS V2.6a Preliminary Standard and to improve the ASUS P5WD2-Premium PCI/PCIe slot usage decode, minor changes and bugfixes.

Belarc Advisor 7.2.22.4 is available for download!

[14.11.2007]SensorsView Pro 3.1 has been updated with build 11141!

GPU-Z 0.1.1 has been released! Here's what's new: basic i815G info, bugfixes.

Lightsmark 1.3 has been released! It includes a workaround for Radeon HD3xxx driver bug.

Geekbench 2.0.8a is available for download!

[13.11.2007]Crystal Dew World has updated its utilities:
[12.11.2007]ASTRA32 1.55 has been released! New features include: improved multiprocessor support, detection of CD/DVD device physical interface type (ATAPI, Serial ATAPI, SCSI, USB, Fibre Channel, IEEE), detection of DVD-RW DL, HD DVD-R DL, HD DVD-RW, HD DVD-RW DL read features, reading of SPD information on Intel Tolapai processor, detection of Intel Quad-Core Xeon (Tigerton), Intel Dual-Core Xeon (Tigerton), Intel Core 2 Extreme Mobile, Intel Pentium Dual-Core Mobile (Merom), Intel Celeron (Conroe-L/Merom-L), AMD Embedded Opteron, AMD Athlon 64 X2 (Tyler), AMD Turion 64 X2 (Hawk, Griffin) processors, PCI devices dump and CPU dump at the end of the text report, updated devices database, minor improvements and bugfixes.

NEW: Lightsmark is a OpenGL 2.0 benchmark that measures computer performance under future workloads!
Thanks to Jan Loncik @ PC_SPACE.sk!

Central Brain Identifier 8.3.6.5 build 1111 R5 has been released!
[11.11.2007]CrystalCPUID 4.13.2.402 is available for download!

MemTest 3.6 has been released!

Fresh Diagnose 7.70 has been released! It includes two new modules: Windows Search and Windows Run Program (they show the list of Windows Search and Run history recorded by Windows).

[09.11.2007]CrystalCPUID 4.13.2.401c is available for download! This version adds preliminary support for AMD Phenom and Intel Core 2 (Penryn) processor families.

An updated version of PCIDEVS.TXT is available for download!
[08.11.2007]CrystalCPUID 4.13.2.401b is available for download!

PassMark WirelessMon 2.1 build 1001 has been released! It has a number of minor improvements and bugfixes.

Belarc Advisor 7.2.22.3 is available for download!

[07.11.2007]DriveSitter 1.5.0.2 has been released! This version fixes a few bugs.

[06.11.2007]Geekbench 2.0.8 is available for download!

Belarc Advisor 7.2.22.2 is available for download!

nVidia Corporation has released nTune 5.05.54.00! nTune is the ultimate utility for accessing, monitoring, and adjusting your system components, including temperature and voltages with clear, user-friendly control panels. Overclock your system for highest performance or underclock it for near silent operation. All changes are performed within the Microsoft Windows (Vista, XP and XP x64 Edition) interface enabling full functionality without the need to make changes in the BIOS and reboot your system.
This release supports the following products: nForce 220, nForce 220D, nForce 415 and nForce 420D; nForce2 and nForce2 400; nForce2 Ultra and nForce2 Ultra 400; nForce2 400R and nForce2 Ultra 400Gb; nForce3 150 and nForce3 PRO 150; nForce3 250, nForce3 250Gb and nForce3 PRO 250; nForce4 Pro 2200, nForce4 Ultra, and nForce4 SLI; nForce 590 SLI, nForce 570 SLI, nForce 570 Ultra, nForce 550, nForce 680a SLI, nForce 680i SLI, nForce 650i SLI, nForce 650i Ultra.
Process Monitor 1.26 is available for download!

[05.11.2007]GPU-Z 0.1.0 has been released! New features include: preliminary support for Intel GPUs, Shader Model readout, improved ATI and NVIDIA BIOS reading code, bugfixes, etc.

NetGong 6.3 (Build 1105) is available for download! It includes "Decrease on failure" feature, improved Event logging, improved Remote access, improved E-mail alert, and a few other minor improvements and bug fixes. When the "Decrease on failure" is checked and a failure has been detected, NetGong decreases the monitoring interval to 1 minute. The host will be monitored every minute until the problem is fixed.

NetInfo 6.3 (Build 1105) has been released! It includes improved Lookup and Scanner tools that now also report physical (MAC) addresses of computers in your local area network, and a few other minor improvements and bug fixes.

[03.11.2007]PassMark DiskCheckup 2.1 Build 1001 is available for download!

[01.11.2007]PassMark BurnInTest 5.3 Build 1012 rev0002 is available for download! It includes a number of minor changes.

Belarc Advisor 7.2.22.0 is available for download!