There's a new version of the AIDA64 diagnostic and benchmarking utility available (v1.85) that the developers say is now fully optimized for AMD's upcoming FX Series Bulldozer processors. The latest build also ships with optimized benchmarks for AMD's A-Series Llano desktop and mobile APUs, as well as VIA's QuadCore and Nano X2 processors.
Futuremark's annual Lords of Overclocking competition drew more than 10,000 entries from over 80 countries, each one hoping they had the highest 3DMark 11 benchmark score. And 39 of them did, at one point or another, as that's how many times a high score was submitted to the MSI sponsored event during it's four-week run. Hit the jump to find out who won and the new score to beat.
It was 30 years ago to the day when IBM released it's first personal computer, the IBM PC 5150. Two days ago, an IBM executive essentially declared the PC a fossil, saying he recently made the switch to a tablet as his primary computer (good luck with that). And today? IBM made a splash in the server sector by announcing it just recorded the highest TPC-C benchmark score ever achieved for an x86 server.
AMD today announced it will not endorse the SYSmark 2012 benchmark (SM2012) published by BAPCo (Business Applications Performance Corporation) and is further resigning from the organization. The chip maker made its criticisms of SYSmark 2012 public suggesting in a lengthy blog post that the benchmark provides biased results, and according to reports, AMD might be the first of several dominoes to fall.
Never heard of AIDA64, you say? AIDA64 is a computer diagnostics and networking auditing software with built-in benchmarks, and is the successor to Everest, the now defunct software of the same type developed by Lavalys. FinalWire acquired Lavalys in late 2010 and has been keeping the project alive, albeit with a new name and 64-bit coding. Now that you're savvy on the back story, let's take a look at what AIDA64's summer update brings to the table.
FinalWire today released a new version of its streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users, AIDA64 version 1.70. AIDA64 is the successor to Everest, the once popular utility that was discontinued in late 2010 and picked up by FinalWire, which would explain why the two programs look and function so similar. AIDA64 v1.70 adds a handful of new features and improvements, including support for the latest LGA1155 B3 stepping motherboards.
For those of who you were counting the days until May 3, 2011 and planned on benchmarking your newly built machine with Futuremark's soon-to-be-released PCMark 7 suite this week, you'll have to bide your time just a little while longer. Futuremark sent us a note this morning letting us know it's decided to delay the launch "by a few days" as it works with hardware companies to iron out an unspecified issue.
You don't hear an awful lot about Fraps anymore, the universal Windows app used primarily for benchmarking but is also capable at capturing in-game screenshots and taking realtime video of your epic frags. Maybe that's because many of today's games come with their own built-in benchmarks. Whatever the reason, Fraps doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon and has been on somewhat of an aggressive update schedule the past several months. The latest update -- version 3.4.2 -- adds a handful of fixes and optimizations.
We've long since retired Futuremark's dated 3DMark 05 and 06 benchmarks, but believe it or not, people are still using them to chase world records in the overclocking community. To wit, a Danish overclocker just set new records in both benchmarks using MSI's R6870 Hawk videocard based on AMD's Radeon HD 6870.