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De nieuwe versie van 3D Mark 99, 3D Mark 99 MAX is binnenkort voor iedereen te downloaden. In het persbericht staat eigenlijk alles :

Futuremark Corporation Announces 3DMark™ 99 MAX and 3DMark™ 99 MAX Pro - A major update to world's leading 3D benchmark

Futuremark Corporation today, Wednesday, February 24th, 1999, announced 3DMark™ 99 MAX - a content update to the world's most popular 3D DX6 benchmark.

3DMark™ 99 - The Gamers' Benchmark is the world's first forward looking 3D benchmark that is aimed directly at the 3D gaming community. 3DMark99™ MAX strengths this position by adding more complex content and Internet interactivity. With confirmed distribution of over 4.5 million copies 3DMark 99 is the most used 3D benchmark in the world.

The major improvements in 3DMark™ 99 MAX include: · Cutting edge optimizations for AMD 3DNow! instructions · Cutting edge optimizations for Intel Pentium III SIMD instructions · Analysis tools for comparing different processor optimizations · Bump mapping tests · Comprehensive Batch Run feature · Updated Game Content for faster accelerators · Updated for Microsoft DirectX 6.1 · Hardware Upgrade Feature and Internet Interactivity

The benchmark will be available for public download on the 8th of March 1999. Download details are available from: www.3dmark.com.

All existing 3DMark 99 Pro users will be pleased to learn that their license will be upgraded to include the 99 MAX version free of charge.

"Our mission is to make sense out of 3D performance and to do it with style. The release of 3DMark 99 made it easy for the end users to distinguish between good and bad 3D-hardware. With the introduction of the improved Internet tools, such as the upgrade wizard, this process is now easier than ever." says Aki Jarvilehto, Managing Director of Futuremark.

Cutting edge optimizations for both AMD 3DNow! and Intel Pentium III SIMD instructions

3DMark 99 MAX takes full advantage of the new instruction sets available on the Pentium III and allows comparison across the Intel family of processors as well as introducing support for 3DNow! The MAX release is the first benchmark ever to incorporate both cutting edge optimizations to different processors as well as tools for measuring the effectiveness of the optimizations.

Internet interactivity and the Upgrade Wizard One of the most exciting new features is the upgrade wizard. 3DMark 99 MAX users can now click the new Upgrade Wizard to see how other graphic cards would perform if they were installed in their PC's. No other benchmark has EVER offered this level of functionality.

"We are tremendously excited to take benchmarking to a new level. The Internet allows us to offer 3DMark as the ultimate upgrade tool," commented Nathan Harley, Director of Sales and Marketing.

The Upgrade Wizard functionality will come on-line a few days after the release of 3DMark 99 MAX. As the Upgrade Wizard delivers comparison results based upon those submitted, we would really appreciate it if everyone could submit results into the database. This way we can unveil the Upgrade Wizard as quickly as possible.

Available for the Gamers everywhere

3DMark is available for EVERYONE to use. Magazines, web site owners, manufactures can all use and publish 3DMark results without charge. As Futuremark is privately owned you can be guaranteed of completely independent test results. 3DMark offers quality publishers across the world an independent third party testing solution.

3DMark 99 MAX version is also available for distribution on magazine cover disks and from quality web sites. Further details on distribution are available by contacting Futuremark Corporation at press@futuremarkcorp.com.

3DMark™ 99 MAX available for FREE download

Now anyone can evaluate the performance of their PC under DirectX™ 6.1 and witness the benefits of the latest development platform from Microsoft. 3DMark™ 99 MAX and the Pro version allows comprehensive testing and results analysis. These tools are backed up with Internet interaction on the 3DMark™ web site with users able to browse, submit, and compare their results. In addition, there is also the mind-blowing demo mode to show off the awesome power of today's next generation of 3D accelerators.

3DMark™ 99 Professional to include advanced testing features

In addition to the basic benchmarking features in 3DMark™ 99 MAX, Futuremark is also releasing a commercial enhanced version of the software for the demanding professionals.

For further 3DMark™ 99 related information, please refer to www.3dmark.com. 3DMark™ 99 and Futuremark™ are trademarks of Futuremark Corporation, Ltd. MAX-FX Technology™ is a trademark of Remedy Entertainment, Ltd. All other brands and names are property of their respective owners. For more information please refer to www.futuremarkcorp.com .

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