Futuremark Corporation today released free updates to its 3DMark06, 3DMark05 and PCMark05 benchmark suites. Downloadable patches update 3DMark06 to version 1.1.0 and PCMark05 to version 1.2.0. A downloadable full installer updates 3DMark05 to version 1.3.0. Only scores obtained via these new versions, using approved drivers, will be used in official statistics, comparisons and services provided by Futuremark. To support performance analysis on PC’s running Microsoft® Windows Vista operating system Futuremark’s 3DMark06 and PCMark05 will be Vista enabled. Updated benchmark performance results on Windows Vista systems have been tested and verified by Futuremark as valid and fully comparable. Next generation benchmarks from Futuremark slated for 2007, will be the official native Vista benchmarks from Futuremark.

Futuremark Corporation today released free updates to its 3DMark06, 3DMark05
and PCMark05 benchmark suites. The 3DMark series is the worldwide industry
standard PC benchmark series for objectively measuring and comparing DirectX 3D
performance. PCMark05 is positioned as an overall system performance analysis
tool for home PCs. Futuremark’s PCMark and 3DMark products have generated over
13 million performance results.

Downloadable patches update 3DMark06 to version 1.1.0 and PCMark05 to version
1.2.0. A downloadable full installer updates 3DMark05 to version 1.3.0. Only
scores obtained via these new versions, using approved drivers, will be used in
official statistics, comparisons and services provided by Futuremark.

Enabling Windows Vista™
To support performance analysis on PC’s running Microsoft® Windows Vista
operating system Futuremark’s 3DMark06 and PCMark05 will be Vista enabled.
Updated benchmark performance results on Windows Vista systems have been tested
and verified by Futuremark as valid and fully comparable. Next generation
benchmarks from Futuremark slated for 2007, will be the official native Vista
benchmarks from Futuremark.

"Our users, PC media and partner companies around the world have expressed
enthusiasm for running our benchmarks on Windows Vista systems", said Oliver
Baltuch, VP Sales and Marketing North America. "Though 3DMark06 and PCMark05
were developed for Windows XP, these Vista enabled updates will allow them to
run flawlessly under Windows Vista, giving users the opportunity to measure
gaming and system performance on the new operating system today. While these
patches do not add support or features for the next generation DirectX, we will
release completely new native Windows Vista benchmarks in 2007."

Result Analyzer
With these updates, Futuremark introduces a new online result view mode for all
editions of the benchmarks, including free versions. Additionally, the Result
Analyzer offered in all versions will enable users to get an online analysis of
their system, and compare their results. This new online service is one of the
key components of Futuremark’s next generation of PC benchmarks.

"Encouraging our users to go online for a full system analysis provides each
user a clearer snapshot of what their score really means, and how well their
system can run games and real world applications", said Tero Sarkkinen, EVP of
sales and marketing. "The Result Analyzer is a unique service we’ve recently
launched, and initial feedback about the service has been overwhelming from beta
testers, PC media and companies with an interest in the future of PCs."

Selected Technical Details
Selected update details are listed below; a full list of fixes and technical
data can be found on the Futuremark website. 3DMark05 1.3.0 is not Windows Vista
enabled and should only be used on 32 bit Windows XP systems with the latest
updates.

3DMark06 1.1.0:

Windows Vista enabled;
Internet Explorer 7 compatibility;
Improved start-up speed by optimizing the SystemInfo component;
Updated SystemInfo component with support for the latest CPU and graphics
hardware;
Fixes all reported & reproduced issues.

PCMark05 1.2.0:

Windows Vista enabled;
Internet Explorer 7 compatibility;
Fixed Windows Media Player version detection;
Improved start-up speed by optimizing the SystemInfo component;
Updated SystemInfo component with support for the latest CPU and graphics
hardware;
Fixes all reported & reproduced issues.

3DMark05 1.3.0:

Internet Explorer 7 compatibility;
Improved start-up speed by optimizing the SystemInfo component;
Updated SystemInfo component with support for the latest CPU and graphics
hardware;
Fixes all reported & reproduced issues.

Availability
Futuremark’s official mirror sites carry these free updates for 3DMark06,
3Dmark05 and PCMark05 users. A complete list of the official mirrors can be
found at

http://www.futuremark.com/download/