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Interview with Gabriel Torres at Benchmark Reviews
     Mon, Jul 11 2011 | 4:03P | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Hi guys, my friend Olin Coles from Benchmark Reviews has just posted an interview we made, where I expose a little bit of the challenges I face running a website. Check it out!"
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2012 Now Available on NGOHQ.com
     Mon, Jul 11 2011 | 8:10A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software. Sandra is a (girl) name of Greek origin that means `defender`, `helper of mankind`."
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ.COM

x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 is here!
     Tue, Jul 05 2011 | 9:02A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This is the improved version of the x264 HD Benchmark 3.0 benchmark which had become a standard CPU benchmark for Tech ARP as well as many other hardware enthusiasts. The new x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 ups the ante by using the latest r1913 x264 encoder as well as other changes under the hood. This makes the x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 the new best tool for testing the full capabilities of modern multi-core, multi-threaded processors. Do note that due to the changes, the results from x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 are NOT comparable with results from older versions of the benchmark. In addition to the release of the benchmark, we will be compiling benchmark results for this new version. So please contribute your new benchmark results to this project!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

AMD Rejects BAPCo's SYSmark 2012 - Should We?
     Mon, Jun 27 2011 | 9:02A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In a rare move, AMD has publicly ousted a leading industry benchmark, BAPCo's SYSmark 2012, released mere weeks ago. The company believes both that the benchmark is unfair in its weighting of scores, and also that it's irrelevant for the average consumer. We delve deep into these claims, and offer up our own opinions.
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE

News: Inside the second: A new look at game benchmarking
     Sat, Jun 11 2011 | 8:32P | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Is measuring game performance in FPS a mistake? We set out to introduce some new game benchmarking methods and those tools promptly helped us uncover an intriguing problem: multi-GPU micro-stuttering."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

AMD Bulldozer Dual-Interlagos Benchmarks
     Wed, May 25 2011 | 9:01A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Lately we have been talking a lot about Intel's latest Sandy Bridge processors under Linux due to their very competitive performance and interesting graphics abilities, but on the AMD side there has not been too much to talk about. On the low-end there is the intriguing Fusion APUs, but on the high-end they don't have an answer to Sandy Bridge until delivering their new "Bulldozer" products closer to the summer. Fortunately, we have the first Linux scoop and performance benchmarks from engineering samples of their 16-core Interlagos server chip."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

PCMark 7 is a new Futuremark benchmark
     Thu, May 12 2011 | 4:53P | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
PCMark 7 is a new Futuremark benchmark offering complete PC performance testing for Windows 7, is now available to download and purchase. PCMark 7 is available in 3 editions: the free Basic Edition offering unlimited runs of the PCMark test suite without registration or expiry, the Advanced Edition which includes all 7 benchmark tests and the Professional Edition which unlocks all features and is the only edition licensed for commercial use. PCMark 7 is the latest benchmark from developer Futuremark and joins existing Windows PC tests PCMark05 for Windows XP and PCMark Vantage for Windows Vista. PCMark 7 provides a set of 7 PC tests for measuring different aspects of PC performance with a high degree of accuracy. Overall system performance is measured by the PCMark test. The Lightweight test measures the capabilities of entry level systems and mobility platforms unable to run the full PCMark test. Common use performance is measured by the Entertainment, Creativity and Productivity tests. Component performance is measured by the Computation and Storage hardware tests. The Storage test is ideal for testing SSDs and external hard drives in addition to the system drive."
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ

 
PCMark 7 Release Date Announced, Preordering Begins
     Tue, Apr 26 2011 | 9:00A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Futuremark® today confirmed that PCMark® 7, a new benchmark offering complete PC performance testing for Windows 7, will be released on May 3, 2011. PCMark 7 will be available in 3 editions: the Basic Edition, a free download offering unlimited runs of the main PCMark test, the Advanced Edition which includes all 7 PC tests and the Professional Edition which unlocks all features and is the only edition licensed for commercial use. The Advanced and Professional Editions can be pre-ordered now from http://www.pcmark.com.

PCMARK 7 BASIC EDITION – Free, available from May 3, 2011. Free PC test offering unlimited runs of the main PCMark test suite Browse, search and compare results online Store one result online.

PCMARK 7 ADVANCED EDITION - $39.95 – PRE-ORDER NOW Includes all 7 PC tests with more than 25 individual workloads, Browse, search and compare results online, Unlimited online results storage, Hide results from public view, Offline result management, Advert-free online service.

PCMARK 7 PROFESSIONAL EDITION - $995.00 – PRE-ORDER NOW. Licensed for commercial PC system testing, Includes all 7 PC tests with more than 25 individual workloads, Command line automation, Browse, search and compare results online, Unlimited online results storage, Hide results from public view, Offline result management, Advert-free online service, Priority support.

PCMark 7 provides a set of 7 PC tests for measuring different aspects of PC performance with a high degree of accuracy. Overall system performance is measured by the PCMark test. The Lightweight test measures the capabilities of entry level systems and mobility platforms unable to run the full PCMark test. Common use performance is measured by the Entertainment, Creativity and Productivity tests. Component performance is measured by the Computation and Storage hardware tests. The Storage test is ideal for testing SSDs and external hard drives in addition to the system drive.

PCMark 7 will be released on May 3, 2011. PCMark 7 Advanced and Professional Editions can be pre-ordered now from http://www.pcmark.com. Visit the official website for more information or follow Futuremark on Facebook.

  FULL STORY @ PCMARK

3DMark 11 1.0.2 Released @ NGOHQ.com
     Mon, Apr 11 2011 | 7:03A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
3DMark 11 is the latest version of the world`s most popular benchmark for measuring the graphics performance of gaming PCs. Designed for testing DirectX 11 hardware running on Windows 7 and Windows Vista the benchmark includes six all new benchmark tests. The Basic Edition is free to use and allows an unlimited number of benchmark runs without registration or expiry. • Bullet physics library updated to 2.78 to improve compatibility with future CPUs and GPUs. • Display scaling mode setting is now available in the Basic Edition. • SystemInfo component updated to version 4.0 for improved compatibility with current and future hardware. • Improved user messages when the benchmark run is interrupted. • Fixed wireframe mode for the Combined test with Nvidia hardware. • Load/Save result dialog remembers the last used folder. • Correct watermark is always displayed when benchmark is launched from command line. • Command line loop switch with single test now loops without reloading."
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ.COM

3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark
     Mon, Mar 21 2011 | 9:00A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"3DMark Vantage is a PC benchmark suite designed to test the DirectX 10 performance of your graphics card. A 3DMark score is an overall measure of your system's 3D gaming capabilities, based on comprehensive real-time 3D graphics and processor tests. By comparing your score with those submitted by millions of other gamers you can see how your gaming rig performs, making it easier to choose the most effective upgrades or finding other ways to optimize your system.
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ

Motorola Atrix 4G Smartphone Performance Benchmarks
     Thu, Mar 17 2011 | 9:02A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"As you can see from the Quadrant benchmark result chart, the Motorola Atrix 4G dominated the other 1GHz devices that were all running Android 2.2 or 2.2.1! The Motorola Atrix was nearly 2.5x faster than the HTC Droid Incredible and the Samsung Epic 4G. The Motorola Droid X did a little better than the other single-core phones, but can you really call half the speed better? The Motorola Atrix 4G with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor was the only Android powered smartphone tested that was running a dual-core CPU and that certainly helped..."
  FULL STORY @ LEGITREVIEWS

The new x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 is here!
     Mon, Mar 07 2011 | 1:44P | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This is the improved version of the x264 HD Benchmark 3.0 benchmark which had become a standard CPU benchmark for Tech ARP as well as many other hardware enthusiasts. The new x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 ups the ante by using the latest r1913 x264 encoder as well as other changes under the hood. This makes the x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 the new best tool for testing the full capabilities of modern multi-core, multi-threaded processors. Do note that due to the changes, the results from x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 are NOT comparable with results from older versions of the benchmark. In addition to the release of the benchmark, we will be compiling benchmark results for this new version. So please contribute your new benchmark results to this project!
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Extensive Benchmarks Of Amazon's EC2 Compute Cloud
     Sun, Jan 23 2011 | 9:00A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Last month we delivered our first benchmarks of the Amazon EC2 Cloud, but those initial tests were limited to just a few of their cloud computing instances due to failures with the Ubuntu EC2 operating system on their other compute instances. Earlier this month we then showed how the Amazon EC2 Micro was comparable to a Nokia N900 and Intel Atom, but now we have a more exhaustive comparison complete of all major Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud types. Using the Amazon Linux AMI operating system, we have run a plethora of performance benchmarks on the m1.small, m1.large, m1.xlarge, m2.xlarge, m2.2xlarge, m2.4xlarge, c1.medium, and c1.xlarge cloud computing instances."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Beginners Guide to Controlling your HTPC
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 4:33P | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In continuation of our Beginners guide series, this guide is all about controlling your HTPC. One thing that sets a “computer connected to your big screen” and it being a HTPC is how we interface with the system. Controlling your HTPC is all about the hardware and software combination you are using. Depending on if you are using the plethora of HTPC software front ends whether it be Windows Media Center, Sage TV, Beyond TV, Myth TV, Boxee, XBMC, you name it they all require hardware to interface with it to control how it works. For more information on the aforementioned software stay tuned for the Beginners guide to HTPC software. Now that you have read what a HTPC is and what it entails now the fun begins in how to integrate it into your entertainment setup, and how to control it out seamlessly. There are many ways to control a HTPC, it is as simple as using a traditional keyboard and mouse to as crazy and sophisticated as using home automation software and integrating TCP/IP commands to control your entire setup, stay tuned for the Beginners guide to home automation also see the HD Sports Bar setup. In this guide we will cover every aspect of HTPC controls to allow you to make the best possible decision on how you personally want to control your HTPC setup.
  FULL STORY @ BEGINNERS

InsideHW.com has reviewed 3DMark 11
     Mon, Jan 17 2011 | 9:00A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Futuremark proudly continues their tradition of presenting the new version of the most popular 3D benchmark program in the world every two years (give or take a couple of months). This developer first reached global popularity while under the name MadOnion, when they premiered 3DMark 2000, soon followed by 3DMark 2001 (SE), only to revert back to their original name, “Futuremark”, in 2002, taken way back in 1997. Besides this benchmark family, Futuremark is also famed for their PCMark, a complete system benchmark suite, but also 3DMark Mobile, a program for mobile devices. This time, we're reviewing the latest 3DMark 11, which implements all new technologies that DirectX 11 has to offer, and we have to admit that it looks impressive...
  FULL STORY @ INSIDEHW

3DMark 11 Overview
     Fri, Jan 14 2011 | 9:02A | Benchmarks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Futuremark’s 3DMark 11 is a synthetic benchmarking tool designed to provide an accurate and consistent simulation of the latest DX 11 games. 3DMark 11 tests the video card’s performance capabilities using a native DirectX 11 engine which uses tessellation, compute-shaders and multi-threading. 3DMark 11 also tests the system’s physics capabilities using the Bullet Open-source physics engine, testing for rigid-body calculations via CPU as well as simulating soft-body physics using DirectCompute."
  FULL STORY @ HITECHLEGION

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