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3DMark06, PCMark05 and 3DMark05 now Windows Vista compatible

Futuremark today announced the availability of free updates to its benchmarking software. The free software updates allow Futuremark benchmarking applications to function in Microsoft’s Windows Vista. Three applications are updated for Windows Vista compatibility—3DMark06, PCMark05 and 3DMark05. Patches are available for existing versions of 3DMark06 and PCMark05. The patch brings 3DMark06 up to version 1.1.0 and PCMark05 up to version 1.2.0. No patch will be available for 3DMark05. Nevertheless, Futuremark offers a full download of the Windows Vista compatible 3DMark05 version 1.3.0.

While these updates allow 3DMark06, PCMark05 and 3DMark05 to work in Windows Vista, they were designed with Windows XP in mind. Nevertheless, Futuremark intends to release native Windows Vista benchmarks in 2007.

Futuremark states: "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."

In addition to the Windows Vista compatibility, the updates to 3DMark06, PCMark05 and 3DMark05 introduce a few tweaks and compatibility updates too. The update details are as follows:
  • 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.
Joining the new updates is a new online result analyzer as well. The new online result analyzer is offered on all versions of Futuremark benchmarks—free and pay versions. New features of the result analyzer include detailed analysis on what the score really means to the end user.

The software patches and full versions of 3DMark06, PCMark05 and 3DMark05 are available from Futuremark mirrors.


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People.
By Tilmitt on 11/29/2006 7:10:58 PM , Rating: 3
Paying to run an artificial benchmark to boost your ego is stupid.




RE: People.
By walk2k on 11/30/2006 1:20:01 AM , Rating: 2
The version of 3Dmark06 I have is free.

You just can't change the benchmarks params.


By Spyvie on 11/29/2006 5:05:29 PM , Rating: 2
I was all excited for a minute untill I remembered the newest Nvidia Vista x86 drivers are usless on a widescreen, I'm still using the MS drivers.




Lucky Vista users
By Yawgm0th on 11/30/2006 12:16:01 AM , Rating: 2
Those who've already migrated to Vista now have the ability to get arbitrary numerical values for their computers that have no relevance to actual performance. They can even compare their systems to others to see how they might be better or worse if FutureMark benchmarks were real applications. It's great that people don't have to be using one of those obsolete versions of Windows (like XP) to have this killer app. Kudos Futuremark, kudos.




3DMark05 NOT Vista compatible
By Mudvillager on 11/30/2006 8:21:25 AM , Rating: 2
3DMark06, PCMark05 and 3DMark05 now Windows Vista compatible

The email I got from Futuremark notes this however:
Note: 3DMark05 Build 1.3.0 has not been tested, or enabled for Windows Vista. 3DMark05 should only be used in Windows XP SP2 (32bit) with all the latest update




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By Hippiekiller on 11/29/06, Rating: -1
RE: ...
By 05SilverGT on 11/29/2006 4:36:42 PM , Rating: 1
Seriously, do you get your rocks off to this kind of stupid stuff? Get a life and quit junking up the site.


I won't pay to benchmark
By cornfedone on 11/29/06, Rating: -1
RE: I won't pay to benchmark
By StevoLincolnite on 11/29/2006 11:33:05 PM , Rating: 3
I've paid for all my versions of 3D mark, I build computers at home and sell 'em.
And what a person likes to see is pretty graphics running on their new computer.
I'm still dissapointed they didnt include 3Dmark 2001, that was my favorite version.
Oh well, cant get everything the way you want it...
And I never have gotten Spam either from this company! Dont see what your stressing about!


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