PassMark Software heeft woensdag met buildnummer 1001 een eerste release van versie 6.0 van BurninTest uitgebracht. Dit programma legt het spreekwoordelijke vuur aan de schenen van de verschillende onderdelen van de computer om zo de betrouwbaarheid en stabiliteit van het systeem te testen. De software is beschikbaar in een standaardversie en een professionele editie; die laatste is weer in zowel een 32bit- als in een 64bit-smaak te downloaden. De professionele editie is in staat om meer hardware te testen, waaronder tapedrives en bijvoorbeeld de parallelle en seriële poorten en de usb-poorten. Daarnaast heeft de Pro-versie ook uitgebreidere geheugentesten. Meer informatie over de onderlinge verschillen is hier te vinden. Versie 6.0 is een grote update en het changelog is dan ook lang:
CPU test improvements:
- Windows 2008 Server support added.
Memory test improvements:
- New General CPU instructions like:
- Data transfer instructions (e.g. pushing/popping data to/from the stack)
- Bit wise logical instructions (e.g. bit wise and/or/xor)
- Shift and rotate instructions (e.g. shift data left x number of bits)
- Logical instructions (e.g. equals)
- Control transfer instructions (e.g. jump on x greater than y)
- String instructions (e.g. copy a text string)Logical operations, conditional operations
- New Floating Point Unit instructions like:
- Transcendental's (e.g. sin, cos)
- Load constants (e.g. load Pi)
- New SSE2, SSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 and SSE4a tests.
- A new prime number test.
- A new 'maximum' heat test.
- The CPU tests verification mechanism has been improved.
- An indication in the CPU test window of the number of concurrent CPU tests per test type has been added.
- The maximum number of CPU's/CPU cores has been increased from 32 to 64.
- The CPU Tests groups are now individually selectable for a test run.
Disk test improvements:
- The Standard memory test has undergone a major upgrade. This removes some of the Standard memory test limitations, like the 1GB limitation for the standard test for 32-bit BurnInTest. It also removes problems with running many BurnInTest tests together with the Standard memory test. The test is now also optimized for multi-core CPU's.
- A new Standard memory pre-test prior to the main set of tests has been added. The advantage of doing this is that the memory can be checked before the other tests are run, making it easier to identify memory problems directly, rather than indirectly (such as faulty memory in the system cache showing as a disk error). Also, when the RAM test is run individually, the allocation of test RAM is more aggressive and thus more RAM s tested.
- The error handling for faulty memory has been improved.
Optical drive test improvements:
- The Disk test has been optimized to run faster.
- A new option has been added to the Disk test to test raw (unformatted) disks. In general, this test mode is significantly faster than testing formatted disk volumes.
3D test improvements:
- Blu-Ray read test now supported.
- A DVD Burn test has been added. Requires Vista, 2008 Server or IMAPI2 patches for XP and 2003 Server.
- A new DVD test mode to automatically select CD/DVD test modes (1 x DVD burn and 1 x PassMark test CD/DVD) has been added.
Plugin test improvements:
- The 3D test has been optimized to offload more processing from the CPU to the Graphics card.
- The DirectX 3D test has been updated to use the August 2008 DirectX libraries.
- The full screen 3D tests can now be manually exited with the escape key.
New system information
- The Plugin test now allows 5 external Plugin tests (up from 3) and 6 User defined test strings (up from 2).
Improvements to testing facilities
- CPU: Support for new CPUs. Also, new CPU information includes: Internal codename, Family, Model, Stepping, Revision, socket type, Fabrication, features (e.g. SSE4.1 and VMX), CPU clock frequency, multipliers, minimum and maximum CPU ratios, Turbo information, TDP limit, TDC limit and number of caches. Also, manufacturer CPU icons added for many of the CPUs.
- Memory: Memory module information and virtual memory information is now also displayed.
- Optical drive: Blu-Ray optical drive information is now also displayed.
- Graphics: Multiple graphics cards and multiple monitor information is now displayed. New information includes: chip type, amount of video memory, BIOS information and Device driver information
- Ports: PS/2, USB, Firewire and audio port information is now also displayed.
- A new Logging option to automatically generate HTML customer test certificate reports has been added.
- A set of pre-defined common tests, 'Quick tests', has been added. These include:
- Maximum CPU temperature: Runs a short CPU test to 'maximize' CPU temperature and check CPU cooling.
- CPU coverage: Runs a short CPU test to validate many different CPU instructions.
- RAM: Runs a single pass of the standard RAM test for each test pattern.
- Video RAM: Runs a single pass of the video RAM test.
- 3D: Runs a short 3D test.
- Local disk scan: Runs single pass of the disk test for all locals fixed disks.
- Removable disk scan: Runs single pass of the disk test for all removable disks, excluding floppy disks.
- Users can also add their own tests to the Quick Tests menu simply by creating test scripts and putting them in the certain BurnInTest directories.
- BurnInTest temperature collection for certain CPUs and Hard disks has been added (this is in addition to using the existing 3rd party products).
- Additional error trapping has been added, to help determine where system component failures occur.
- New scripting commands have been added to set the report attributes for the customer name and the technician, SETCUSTOMER and SETTECHNICIAN.
- Changed the Start tests warning message to not be displayed during a test script, unless it is the first test run from the script or the test may require some user action.
- An option to restrict User's modifying the tests selected has been added.
- HotKeys added for common functions, like starting tests.
- Added the menu option to edit the BurnInTest error description and classification file.
- Double clicking the Results table opens the help file on the error description page.
- Context sensitive right mouse button menus added for common tasks.
- The number of clipboard options increased, including copying a System summary, system information and results as text and HTML.
- A link to online CPU comparisons from the CPU section of System Information has been added. This shows the system's CPU type performance against a range of other CPUs.
- Log file name prefix can now include environment variables to help with dynamic naming of log files.
- System beep on Pass and Fail is now user configurable (when sound card/ speakers are not setup). System pass and fail sounds are also now different.
- The Logging User Interface has been re-organized to better group like items.
- Improved the portability of configuration files between systems. Specifically, the default Sound test files (.wav, .midi and .mp3) and other test files may be specified without a directory path, in which case the bit.exe directory is used at run time.
- If a LastUsed.bitcfg file is not found in My Documents\\BurnInTest, BurnInTest will now check the bit.exe directory (e.g. C:\ProgramFiles\BurnInTest).
- Changed the disk free space bar chart on the Disk test window to be a bar chart showing progress in terms of testing the whole disk.
- Added footer information for the print and export reports.
- A left margin has been added to printouts.
- Common numeric error codes shown during logging are now shown as a textual description.
- Save Image and Save Report last user preferences are now remembered.