AIDA64, the benchmarking, system monitoring, and diagnostic software formerly known as Everest, has been updated to version 2.20 by FinalWire with new features and support for current and upcoming processors and GPUs. One of the new features is an OpenCL GPGPU stress test that's been added to the System Stability Test module, which also now includes optimized 64-bit benchmarks for Intel Atom "Cedarview" CPUs and upcoming Ivy Bridge processors.
FinalWire just put the finishing touches on version 2.00 of its AIDA64 application, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool that now supports LGA2011 Intel Sandy Bridge-E processors. Looking ahead to future platforms, the latest build also adds preliminary support for AMD Krishna and Wichita APUs, Intel Atom Cedarview processors, and Ivy Bridge and 7-Series chipsets.
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.
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.
AIDA64, the 64-bit successor to Everest, has been updated to version 1.60 and is now available for download, FinalWire announced. If you're wondering whatever happened to Everest, the program's publisher, Lavalys, split up and FinalWire was formed. FinalWire ended up acquiring Everest in November, 2010, and the benchmarking/diagnostic suite now lives on as AIDA64. Clear? Groovy, now let's have a look at what's changed in version 1.60.
We reported on this once before, but now it's official -- a company called FinalWire has officially taken the reigns of Everest, discontinued the popular benchmarking suite, and replaced it with AIDA64.
"Today is a significant step forward in our progress to deliver a class-leading diagnostics and benchmarking solution," said Tamas Miklos, managing director of FinalWire. "The addition of Lavalys' customers and technologies will enable us to accelerate investments, meet a wider set of customer needs through a richer solution set, increase efficiencies, and significantly expand our opportunities for growth."
Existing Everest owners need only verify their previous purchase by providing their name, email address, and product key in order to migrate to AIDA64 free of charge. Those with an expired license can purchase an upgrade license for 30 percent off.
AIDA64 is essentially the same program as Everest, built by the same developers, only actively updated to support modern hardware.
Unless you follow the benchmarking scene with a close eye, you probably never heard of FinalWire. And even then you might have missed them. But you probably have heard of Lavalys, makers of the popular Everest utility, which hasn't been updated in several months and might never be. Why? We're not sure exactly what happened, but here's what FinalWire had to say last month when it unveiled its AIDA64 benchmarking software.
"After the splitting up of Lavalys, we at FinalWire are happy to continue our efforts of delivering a dependable monitoring software to our faithful users" said Tamas Miklos, managing director of FinalWire. "Since the introduction of our first diagnostic utility ASMDEMO in 1995, we have built a passionate community of hobby users, hardware enthusiasts, and professional overclockers. Using the valuable feedback we have collected from them in the past few years, we have created a software for the new decade of 64-bit multi-core systems."
Basically, AIDA64 is the continuation of Everest, and there's a new version available, version 1.20. This latest release adds preliminary support for Intel Sandy Bridge chips, GPU details for AMD Radeon HD 6800 series and GeForce GTX 580 videocards, support for USB 3.0 controllers and devices, and Windows 7 style icons.
Like Everest before it, AIDA64 isn't a free utility, though you can give it a test run for 30 days by downloading either the Extreme Edition or Business Edition right here.