The latest version of the premier performance metric that measures and compares PC performance based on real world applications was released today by the Business Application Performance Corporation or BAPCo®, a non-profit consortium of leading computer industry publications, independent testing labs, PC hardware manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers and software publishers. SYSmark® 2004 extends the SYSmark family of productivity benchmarks, which have been widely accepted by IT Managers, PC OEMs, press and analysts worldwide. It represents a ground-up development, featuring new user driven workloads and usage models developed by application experts using the applications in manners which reflect current and emerging computing trends. SYSmark 2004 is used by PC OEMs, hardware and software developers, IT departments, system integrators, publishers and testing labs as well as Information technologists and computer industry analysts.

The latest version of the premier performance metric that
measures and compares PC performance based on real world applications was
released today by the Business Application Performance Corporation or BAPCo®, a
non-profit consortium of leading computer industry publications, independent
testing labs, PC hardware manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers and
software publishers.

SYSmark® 2004 extends the SYSmark family of productivity
benchmarks, which have been widely accepted by IT Managers, PC OEMs, press and
analysts worldwide. It represents a ground-up development, featuring new user
driven workloads and usage models developed by application experts using the
applications in manners which reflect current and emerging computing trends.

SYSmark 2004 is used by PC OEMs, hardware and software
developers, IT departments, system integrators, publishers and testing labs as
well as Information technologists and computer industry analysts.

SYSmark 2004 is an application-based benchmark that reflects
usage patterns of business users in the areas of Internet Content Creation and
Office Productivity and utilizes the following applications:

Internet Content Creation:

  • Adobe® After Effects® 5.5
  • Adobe® Photoshop® 7.01
  • Adobe® Premiere® 6.5
  • Discreet® 3ds max™ 5.1
  • Macromedia® Dreamweaver® MX
  • Macromedia® Flash MX
  • Microsoft® Windows Media® Encoder 9 Series
  • Network Associates® McAfee® VirusScan® 7.0
  • WinZip Computing WinZip® 8.1

Office Productivity:

  • Adobe® Acrobat® 5.0.5
  • Microsoft® Access 2002
  • Microsoft® Excel 2002
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer 6
  • Microsoft® Outlook® 2002
  • Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2002
  • Microsoft® Word 2002
  • Network Associates® McAfee® VirusScan® 7.0
  • ScanSoft® Dragon Naturally Speaking® 6 Preferred
  • WinZip Computing WinZip® 8.1

BAPCo’s SYSmark® 2004 builds upon its predecessors utilizing
the strongest and broadest development team in PC benchmark history. BAPCo’s
depth of membership represents the breadth of the computing industry and
harnesses a consortium of experts.

BAPCo’s SYSmark 2004 Software and Hardware Requirements:

BAPCo’s SYSmark 2004 supports Windows® XP (Professional and
Home) and Windows® 2000 (with Service Pack 4). SYSmark 2004 requires 256 MB RAM.
A CPU frequency of 650 MHz (or comparable rating) or above and 7.0 GB Free hard
disk space. SYSmark 2004 also requires an integrated or add-in sound card and a
DVD ROM drive. SYSmark supports the following non-English languages: Chinese
(Traditional), Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.

SYSmark 2004 is distributed by Futuremark, a leading provider
of PC performance benchmarking software and web services.

Ordering Information:

BAPCo’s SYSmark 2004 is available for $ 399.95 USD. Please
visit http://www.bapco.com/store.html for further details and to place an order.