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Futuremark releases benchmark updates

In an unseen activity over in Finland, Futuremark today released new patches for all their larger benchmarking applications, improving the hardware detection. The June 2009 updates are available for both 3DMark03, 3DMark05, 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage, PCMark05 as well as PCMark Vantage.

These patches update the system information detection component to the latest version for each of these benchmark products. This fixes numerous issues related to hardware detection in the benchmarks. The updates are available as patches from the mirrors on the link below, and soon as full installer packages from mirror sites. Futuremark had to react after Ars Technica broke the story that the hardware detection on many of Futuremark’s benchmarks are essentially broken, with VIA’s netbook CPU scoring different scores after faking a detection as an AMD or Intel CPU.

Regardless of the license type – Advanced and Professional users should also download the updated full install packages from the same download page (see credentials in the receipt email from Futuremark) they originally used to download the application. It should be noted that Benchmark scores are not affected by this update. All scores are comparable with previous results. Benchmark version numbers will remain the same.

The new updates can be downloaded from the official Futuremark June 2009 Update page.