We haven't heard much out of the benchmark gurus over at Futuremark in recent months, but the company has barged into headlines this week with two announcements. First up, the Finnish group has announced a new testing utility for mobile machines. More specifically, Powermark offers a new way to measure the autonomy of your Windows 7 notebooks, tablets and other battery-powered systems. The application is said to be designed for professional lab environments and offers various customizable usage scenarios.
"Battery life is critical to delivering a positive user experience. Powermark helps PC industry OEMs and their suppliers strike a balance between performance and power consumption by providing a consistent, accurate and reliable testing and measurement tool created with Futuremark's deep experience in quality benchmarking software," explains CEO Jukka Mäkinen. Unfortunately for everyday users, Powermark isn't available in a free package. The "Professional Edition" includes 10 activations and is being sold for $200.
Accompanying that release, Futuremark has slipped out a new update for 3DMark 11, a 3D benchmarking suite that launched last December with support for DirectX 11 features including tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading. The latest version (1.0.3) offers additional compatibility with current and future processors and graphics chips, improved error handling and messages, a manual GPU selection option in the Help tab, as well as a new "More" tab with info about Futuremark's other testing software.
A part of the improved compatibility stems from an update to the SystemInfo module, which has received an updated CPUID SDK, new security measures against benchmark result file tampering and better system scanning components to resolve reported compatibility issues. You can grab the free Basic Edition of 3DMark 11 from our download section. If you need more control over the testing profiles, you'll have to spring for the $20 Advanced Edition (speaking of which, its activation now requires an online key verification).
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 measures just 11", the GeForce GTX 590 boasts 8 Graphic Processing Clusters, 32 Streaming Multiprocessors, and 1024 CUDA cores. There are also 96 ROP (Raster Operations) units and 128 TAU (Texture Addressing Units). The GeForce GTX 590 is paired with two banks of 1536MB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1707MHz (3414MHz DDR) for a total memory capacity of 3072MB.
The Intel Core i7 2600K features 4 cores with 8 concurrent threads when using Hyper-Threading, it operates at 3.40GHz with a Turbo Boost frequency of 3.80GHz, it is designed to work with DDR3-1333 memory and feature an 8MB L3 cache. Last but not least, the Core i7 2600K uses the Intel HD Graphics 3000 engine.
The AMD FX-8150 Black Edition features a base frequency of 3.6GHz with a Turbo Core clock of 3.9GHz and a Max Turbo speed of 4.2GHz. AMD's Turbo Core technology has been enhanced for FX processors to include a new mode that boosts all Cores when there's enough thermal headroom. This allows new highly threaded scenarios to take advantage of the extra frequency.
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