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Last month, SiSoftware released the 2012 edition of Sandra, the popular system analysis and benchmarking program. We recently sat down with Adrian Silasi, the creator and chief developer of Sandra, to discuss how he got started, how Sandra distinguishes itself in a crowded marketplace, and whether we'll see the utility popping up on other devices in the future. Before we hit the interview, a bit of introduction is in order. Sandra was one of the first popular benchmark suites, but it's evolved considerably over the past 14 years. While we tend to use it for straightforward CPU and memory tests,... Read more...
Now is undeniably not the time to ignore the mobile market. Consider some statistics that explain why. According to market research firm IDC, tablet shipments are up more than 300 percent year-over-year, while eReader shipments are up 167 percent. Smartphones are everywhere you look, and it seems that all chip makers want to talk about is the mobile market. Welcome to the age of mobile computing. BAPCo (Business Application Performance Corporation), maker of SYSMark, hopes to lead the welcome committee, but it wants your help. The company today announced it has begun developing TabletMark, which... Read more...
With Bobcat and Llano launched, AMD has one more major product overhaul set for this year. The company's Bulldozer CPU will launch in the next few months, and after years of waiting, enthusiasts and IT industry analysts are both curious to see what AMD has in its high performance pipeline. A Turkish website, Donanim Haber, recently got its hands on what they claim is a Bulldozer FX processor--but while we're going to talk about the site's findings, we'd recommend readers take them with some caution. The new octal-core processor is an AMD FX-8130P running at 3.2GHz base speed, what's reported as... Read more...
AMD went on the offensive against BAPCo yesterday when the chip maker not only announced that it was quitting the consortium and wouldn't be endorsing BAPCo's SYSmark 2012, but also by laying out all the reasons why it feels the benchmark is flawed. It didn't stop there. AMD also said that BAPCo threatened to ban the chip maker from the consortium if it didn't shut its pie hole. Heavy stuff. BAPCo, your response? "Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) was, until recently, a long standing member of BAPCo. We welcomed AMD’s full participation in the two year development cycle of SYSmark 2012, AMD’s... Read more...
In a shocking move this morning, AMD bid the BAPCo (Business Applications Performance Corporation) consortium a not-so-found farewell and stated it will no longer endorse SYSmark 2012 (SM2012), a benchmark that historically has been accused of being pro-Intel. Among other things, one of AMD's chief complaints is that SM2012 virtually ignores GPU performance, a particularly egregious offense in AMD's eyes given the chip maker's infatuation with Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). "SM2012 doesn’t represent the evolution of computer processing and how that evolution is influencing average users’... Read more...
It seems like we've been waiting since the dawn of time for this one, but PCMark 7, Futuremark's latest benchmark for evaluating system performance in Windows 7, is now live and ready for download and/or purchase. As we've stated before, most users will likely opt for the free version, which offers unlimited benchmark runs of the main test, though there's an Advanced version ($40) that unlocks additional functionality, as well as a Professional edition ($995) for those with extra deep pockets and a serious hankering for benchmarking. One of the cool things about PCMark 7 is the inclusion of a "Lightweight"... Read more...
Futuremark reached out to us today to let us know its upcoming PCMark 7 benchmark suite will be dropping into download queues later this week, and for reals this time. The new launch date is set for this Thursday, May 12th, at 12:00 GMT. Futuremark has been accepting pre-orders for PCMark 7 since March 22, 2011, and it was supposed to have been released on May 3, 2011 (last Tuesday). A last minute bug discovery prompted Futuremark to postpone the release, because even though it was a "simple matter" to fix, "making any changes to the software at this point also necessitates a further round of testing... Read more...
Getting tired of staring at the same benchmarks every time you build a new PC or upgrade your gear? We have good news for you. Futuremark today announced that it will be releasing its PCMark 7 benchmark suite on May 3, 2011, which is less than three weeks away. As with most of Futuremark's software, there will be multiple versions to choose from, including a freebie build for penny-pinching braggarts. Here's the rundown: PCMark 7 Basic Edition (Free) Free PC test offering unlimited runs of the main PCMark test suite Browser, search, and compare results online Store one result online PCMark 7 Advanced... Read more...
Getting tired of running the same benchmarks and staring at the same screens every time you upgrade a component or build a new system? Futuremark feels your pain and just moments ago announced PCMark 7, the latest version of its PC performance analysis software. PCMark 7 is intended for Windows 7 platforms equipped with at least a DirectX 9 graphics card. According to Futuremark's PCMark 7 fact sheet, the updated benchmark will include 20 individual workloads and 7 separate suites to give users a multi-pronged analysis of system performance. Some of the highlights include: The PCMark Suite measures... Read more...
Oddly enough, this is one of those announcements that make the hardcore gamers of yesterday feel old. For what seems like forever now, we here at Hot Hardware and others around the globe have been using Futuremark's 3DMark 06 to benchmark the latest and greatest gaming systems, GPUs, CPUs, etc. It has been an essential took in the benchmarking toolkit, and today it's finally being upgraded. This software gets revised less frequently than Microsoft's own desktop operating system (yes, Windows!), but 3DMark 11 promises to be the best ever in the line of already great benchmarking software. The new... Read more...
Here's a confession: we have a soft spot in our hearts for Futuremark. We used their benchmarking tools religiously to test out new products, and overall, it all works great. Rightware was recently spun off from Futuremark, and today they're launching a much-needed new benchmarking service for mobile and embedded device browsing performance. Ever wanted to compare browsing performance between the iPhone, Nexus One, Wii, iPad and/or PS3? Now you can.The new tool is called BrowserMark, and it's available in two versions. The free version does enough for most consumers who are just curious, while... Read more...
Samsung has not traditionally played a huge role in the evolution of notebooks. Companies such as Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer and Asus have all done noteworthy things to push the envelope, with the Adamo XPS, ThinkPad, IdeaPad and Eee PC all coming from this group. Even those who don't follow technology on a daily basis would probably associate those names with notebooks, but we wonder just how big a following Samsung has in the mobile computing sector. It's not like Samsung is a newbie in the notebook world, but they've definitely played a more "low-key" role over the past few years. Taking all that... Read more...
Samsung has not traditionally played a huge role in the evolution of notebooks. Companies such as Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer and Asus have all done noteworthy things to push the envelope, with the Adamo XPS, ThinkPad, IdeaPad and Eee PC all coming from this group. Even those who don't follow technology on a daily basis would probably associate those names with notebooks, but we wonder just how big a following Samsung has in the mobile computing sector. It's not like Samsung is a newbie in the notebook world, but they've definitely played a more "low-key" role over the past few years.... Read more...
Looking for yet another venue to showcase your overclocking skills? Look no further, as two of the biggest names in overclocking have joined hands in order to offer up an array of prizes for those willing to push the very boundaries most folks are fine with accepting. Futuremark (the company responsible for the benchmarking suite we use right here) along with Gigabyte are announcing a new competition for OCers the world over.The contest will rely on AMD and Gigabyte hardware, giving contestants around the globe the ability to compete in two segments for the overall "Gigabyte Dragon" title within... Read more...
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