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.
AIDA64, the successor to the once-popular Everest benchmarking suite and system utility, has been upgraded to version 1.50 to support Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge architecture, FinalWire announced.
The latest update adds a handful of other new features and improvements, such as AVX-optimized 64-bit fractal and security benchmarks, a 64-bit multi-threaded VP8 video encoding benchmark, an updated GPU database that now includes AMD's Radeon HD 6900 series and Nvidia's GeForce GTX 570 videocard, enhanced support for Nvidia RAID controllers, and a few other odds and ends.
Free 30-day trials are available for both AIDA64 Extreme Edition ($40) and Business Edition ($80).
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.