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How we protect our benchmarks from cheating

How we protect our benchmarks from cheating Have you been following the VW scandal? It’s a timely reminder to be wary of manufacturers’ claims. Our benchmarks help people see their hardware’s true performance, but you might wonder how we ensure that the scores are honest and accurate? Our commitment to providing you with benchmarks you can trust means that: Futuremark has public rules for manufacturers. In short, a platform must treat the benchmark as if it were any other application. You can only get a valid 3DMark score for a Windows PC by using WHQL drivers that Futuremark has checked and approved. Futuremark was the first benchmark developer to delist and remove mobile devices with hidden optimizations from its performance rankings. All Futuremark benchmarks are backed by detailed technical guides that explain exactly what’s being measured and how the scores are calculated. Futuremark’s Hardware Channel and Best Mobile Devices lists only show publicly available models. Futuremark never lists or leaks unverified scores from pre-release hardware. If you’ve been writing about PC hardware for more than a decade, you’ll remember the outcry when various vendors were caught making dubious driver optimizations. And more recently, some smartphone manufacturers have tried, and failed, to cheat their way to higher benchmark scores. So if there is one thing to take away, it’s that the cheaters always get caught. Not only because it ...



QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5 is now available for download

QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5 is now available for download Taipei, Taiwan, October 1, 2015 – Thanks to many participants’ valuable feedback and suggestions for QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5, QNAP have completed several enhancements for its latest NAS operating system and today announced QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5 is now available for download. QNAP sincerely invite users to install QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5 to experience the evolution of QTS and extend the possibilities of QNAP NAS. Users can also activate the live update function to receive any new firmware update notification by installing QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5. To download QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5, please visit http://www.qnap.com/event/qts-4.2/public-beta/en/ For more information about QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5 Release Note, please visit https://www.qnap.com/qts/4.2-beta-release-note/en/ Availability & Compatibility QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 5 is now available for the following QNAP NAS models: 24-bay: SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP, TS-EC2480U-RP, TVS-EC2480U-SAS-RP 18-bay: SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP 16-bay: TVS-EC1680U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1680U-RP, TS-EC1679U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1679U-RP, TS-1679U-RP 12-bay: SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, TVS-EC1280U-SAS-RP, TVS-1271U-RP, TS-EC1280U-RP, TS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1279U-RP, TS-1279U-RP, TS-1270U-RP,TS-1269U-RP, TS-1253U-RP, TS-1253U 10-bay: TS-1079 Pro, TVS-EC1080+, TVS-EC1080, TS-EC1080 Pro 8-bay: TVS-EC880, TVS-871U-RP, TVS-871, TVS-870, TVS-863+, TVS-863, TS-EC880U-RP, TS-EC880 Pro, TS-EC879U-RP,...



QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 3 is now available for download

QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 3 is now available for download Taipei, Taiwan, September 21, 2015 – Thanks to many participants’ valuable feedback and suggestions for QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 3, QNAP have completed several enhancements for its latest NAS operating system and today announced QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 3 is now available for download. QNAP sincerely invite users to install QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 3 to experience the evolution of QTS and extend the possibilities of QNAP NAS. Users can also activate the live update function to receive any new firmware update notification by installing QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 3. To download QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 3, please visit http://www.qnap.com/event/qts-4.2/public-beta/en/ For more information about QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 3 Release Note, please visit https://www.qnap.com/qts/4.2-beta-release-note/en/ Availability & Compatibility QTS 4.2 Beta 2 is now available for the following QNAP NAS models: 24-bay: SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP, TS-EC2480U-RP, TVS-EC2480U-SAS-RP 18-bay: SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP 16-bay: TVS-EC1680U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1680U-RP, TS-EC1679U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1679U-RP, TS-1679U-RP 12-bay: SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, TVS-EC1280U-SAS-RP, TVS-1271U-RP, TS-EC1280U-RP, TS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1279U-RP, TS-1279U-RP, TS-1270U-RP,TS-1269U-RP, TS-1253U-RP, TS-1253U 10-bay: TS-1079 Pro, TVS-EC1080+, TVS-EC1080, TS-EC1080 Pro 8-bay: TVS-EC880, TVS-871U-RP, TVS-871, TVS-870, TVS-863+, TVS-863, TS-EC880U-RP, TS-EC880 Pro, TS-EC879U-RP, TS-879U...



ASUSTOR First in the Industry to Support Brand-New Kodi 15

ASUSTOR First in the Industry to Support Brand-New Kodi 15 Available for use on ASUSTOR 5 series devices and up Taipei, Taiwan, September 8th , 2015 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced that it is the first in the industry to support the newest version of Kodi, Kodi 15. ASUSTOR 50, 51, 61, 62, and 7 series NAS users will be able to upgrade to this newest version to enjoy even more powerful and convenient multimedia applications. In an effort to enhance multimedia applications on NAS devices, ASUSTOR has designed NAS models with HDMI ports. Users can use the Kodi add-on App to instantly turn the NAS into a multimedia player, playing multimedia files directly from the NAS. In order to further strengthen the Kodi multimedia playback experience, ASUSTOR will also soon release AiCast, a powerful dedicated remote mobile app for Kodi. With AiCast users will be able to conveniently select media and control playback on Kodi from their local network or even remotely. Please stay tuned for more information! Key Upgrades in Kodi 15 A New Chapter Selector Window Adaptive seeking (aka Skip Steps) Audio and Subtitle Lists Language Add-ons and Expanded International Preferences Improved Add-on Manager For more information about Kodi 15, please visit: http://kodi.tv/kodi-15-0-isengard-one-release-to-rule-them-all/ How to get Kodi 15 on ASUSTOR NAS: Log into ADM and download or upgrade Kodi from App Central. For more product informat...



QNAP Releases Vmobile 3.1 with Push Notifications, Instant Event Playback, and Low-resolution Streaming

QNAP Releases Vmobile 3.1 with Push Notifications, Instant Event Playback, and Low-resolution Streaming Taipei, Taiwan, September 8, 2015  – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today upgraded its Vmobile 3.1 app for both iOS® and Android to enhance event alarm and crisis management efficiency with the addition of push notifications, instant event playback and an improved user interface. With the prevalence of smart devices, being able to timely manage surveillance systems has become increasingly useful. However, users need to log in periodically for live view and event monitoring. “To improve the user experience, Vmobile 3.1 comes with an advanced push notification function, freeing users from constantly monitoring their mobile surveillance app. Vmobile 3.1 also supports instant event playback and low-resolution streaming, so users can playback alarm recordings with optimal bandwidth within seconds,” said Andrew Yu, product manager of QNAP Security. With Vmobile 3.1, users will get instant push notifications when motion detection and alarm input events occur, and users can link to the channel to see the live view and then check event playback. Concerning limited network speeds, Vmobile 3.1 supports transcoded low-resolution streaming under low bandwidth mode or customized low-resolution streaming by dual recording support. Besides, Vmobile 3.1 includes an improved user interface to make adding additional servers and network camera setup profiles easier. Vmobile 3.1 supports ...



QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 1 is now available for download!

QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 1 is now available for download Taipei, Taiwan, August 23, 2015 – Thanks to many participants’ valuable feedback and suggestions for QTS 4.2 Beta program, QNAP have completed several enhancements for its latest NAS operating system and today announced QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 1 is now available for download. QNAP sincerely invite users to install QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 1 to experience the evolution of QTS and extend the possibilities of QNAP NAS. Users can also activate the live update function to receive any new firmware update notification by installing QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 1. To download QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 1, please visit http://www.qnap.com/event/qts-4.2/public-beta/en/ For more information about QTS 4.2 Release Candidate 1 Release Note, please visit https://www.qnap.com/qts/4.2-beta-release-note/en/ Availability & Compatibility QTS 4.2 Beta 2 is now available for the following QNAP NAS models: 24-bay: SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP, TS-EC2480U-RP, TVS-EC2480U-SAS-RP 18-bay: SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP 16-bay: TVS-EC1680U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1680U-RP, TS-EC1679U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1679U-RP, TS-1679U-RP 12-bay: SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, TVS-EC1280U-SAS-RP, TVS-1271U-RP, TS-EC1280U-RP, TS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, TS-EC1279U-RP, TS-1279U-RP, TS-1270U-RP,TS-1269U-RP, TS-1253U-RP, TS-1253U 10-bay: TS-1079 Pro, TVS-EC1080+, TVS-EC1080, TS-EC1080 Pro 8-bay: TVS-EC880, TVS-871U-RP, TVS-871, TVS-870, TVS-863+, TVS-863, TS-EC880U-RP, TS-EC880 Pro, TS-EC879U-RP, TS-879U-RP, TS-87...



What if I told you an R9 290X was competing with a GTX 980 Ti?

So, I’m browsing the internet trying to find out whether I should save some cash and go with the i5-6600K, or go all out with an i7-6700K. I already know that there won’t be much of a discernible difference with current games, but DirectX 12 games are on the horizon, I just got a beta invite to one such game, and there could be some performance to gain from the hyper-threading. I didn’t find the info I wanted, but I did find something astonishing. The GTX 980 Ti seems almost untouchable, but you can imagine my shock when I saw an R9 290X tying, and even beating the Maxwell behemoth in several benchmarks. Yesterday, I did a pretty heavy write-up on some Ashes of the Singularity benchmarks that surfaced about a week ago. It turns out, those weren’t the only ones done. Ars Technica decided to do a very comprehensive set of tests that involved comparing an old school R9 290X with a very state of the art GTX 980 Ti and pretty much showed the card matching the NVIDIA flagship on every turn. The 980 Ti still destroys AMD’s part in DirectX 11, but once we get to 12 we see a super competitive landscape. Here’s a couple patterns I noticed. The GTX card benefits slightly more from 6 cores and hyper-threading than the R9 card does at higher resolutions. The NVIDIA card also has a slight advantage with average framerates during the heavy scenes. An interesting thing that was happening was that once hyper-threading was disabled and the CPU was reduce...



Ashes of the Singularity Scaling: The AMD Crossroads

Last week, the new game, “Ashes of Singularity” had a pretty comprehensive scaling review performed with both DirectX 11 and DirectX 12. The results were interesting to say the least. Multiple CPUs were used to test both the R9 390X as well as the GTX 980. While AMD enjoyed some impressive gains, NVIDIA had some fairly lackluster results that even prompted the company to release statements for damage control. It would be very easy to say that AMD is making a comeback and NVIDIA is gonna be in trouble, but that would be too easy. How can we come to the proper conclusions about these results? Let me start off by saying that this is great news for AMD. It’s long been claimed that Radeon GPUs would be much better if the drivers could just utilize them properly. It seems this is almost true, but rather than drivers, it’s APIs that needed to take advantage of that hardware. However, I’m seeing some massive problems here that if AMD doesn’t quickly solve them, we can say goodbye to competition for a long time to come. I want to show you three conclusions that I saw from these results, and why I think there could be more bad news here than good if AMD doesn’t make some dramatic changes in the near future. (Click for Larger View) Let’s begin with the first big implication these AotS results are showing us. AMD needs to refocus their software development. This seems like something that is already in progress, but when we see what Direc...



Benchmarking on Windows 10 with Futuremark benchmarks

Benchmarking on Windows 10 with Futuremark benchmarks As Windows 10 rolls out today, I’d like to share the latest status on our benchmarks’ compatibility with the new OS. In summary, all currently supported Futuremark benchmarks except PCMark Vantage are compatible with Windows 10 provided you have the latest version of our SystemInfo component installed, (download it here). 3DMark, 3DMark 11, 3DMark Vantage and Powermark all work fine with Windows 10. PCMark 8 is compatible with Windows 10 but we have seen some problems with the Photo Editing test on select NVIDIA hardware, possibly related to drivers. NVIDIA has been notified, but we don’t have a workaround at this time. PCMark 7 is compatible with Windows 10 but seems to have the occasional stability issue on some configurations. We’re not yet sure of the cause, but we’re looking into it. PCMark Vantage is not compatible and will not be supported on Windows 10. You’ll find the latest Windows 10 compatibility information on our website: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/windows10



Futuremark Peacekeeper benchmark will no longer be supported after July 29

Peacekeeper benchmark will no longer be supported after July 29 With the public release of Windows 10 coming up next week it’s a good time for us to review our current line up. As a result, we have decided to move Peacekeeper, our browser benchmark, to our list of unsupported products. Peacekeeper is a universal browser benchmark for measuring JavaScript performance. More than seven and a half million people have tested their browsers and mobile devices with Peacekeeper since its release in 2009. But today, competition between browsers has largely shifted from speed to features. Modern browsers are typically fast enough on a wide range of hardware, and the differences in speed in everyday use are trivial. A browser’s features, extensions, and memory use are now much more likely to be the deciding factors reducing the relevance of pure JavaScript performance benchmarks. For future testing of Windows PCs, we recommend PCMark 8. And for Android smartphones and tablets, we recommend PCMark for Android. Both include tests for measuring web browsing performance based on real-world activities instead of the narrow, synthetic workloads found in JavaScript benchmarks. Even though Peacekeeper will be unsupported after July 29, you will still be able to use it and your saved results will continue to be available at http://peacekeeper.futuremark.com/. Changes to the availability of other benchmarks With the launch of Windows 10 we will also be removing the Windows RT ver...



AMD Releases Catalyst 15.7 Driver, Initial Run and First Impressions

UPDATE: After testing out the FRTC feature in Windows 7, I couldn’t find a way to get the framerate to cap on any of the games I tested. This could be something that would show with the load on the GPU or temperatures, but either way, I was hoping to see my framerates cap at the number I set for it. Hopefully this feature will get polished up and start working in that capacity in the future. AMD just released a new driver and it has quite a few added features that many people will be able to take advantage of. Some of the features are just getting a wider range of AMD GPU support, like Virtual Super Resoution and FreeSync being supported by Crossfire now. Others are new, like being the first AMD driver to support Windows 10 and introducing Frame Rate Target Control from the Catalyst for all of the supported cards. Granted, this driver isn’t nearly on the release schedule that AMD was trying to do from a year ago, but having it before Windows 10 is a good step forward. I went ahead and got the driver installed on my Windows 10 system to give it run. I was actually having some bugs that wouldn’t allow certain games to run, but the new driver fixed those immediately. Performance does seem to be slightly better, but the feature I was heavily interested in was the FRTC (Frame Rate Target Control) since my monitor is only a 60 Hzt refresh rate. I set the FRTC to 80 and ran my titles, but my frame rates were still hovering well above that. I tried disabling t...



Samsung EVO+ and PRO+ Micro SD Review

Today we're looking at the Samsung Micro SD PRO+ 64GB and EVO+ 32GB cards. They promise very different speeds for consumers and professionals alike, and we'll discuss those differences as we take a closer look at what Samsung has to offer with their latest splash into the retail market.



AMD’s Technology Decks: DirectX 12

DirectX 12 has seemed like a game changer for quite some time now. Recently, with the launch of AMD’s new GPUs, Tech Decks were included with the PR material for the Fury and 300 series. AMD included a detailed look into all the benefits of their Graphics Cards in combination with DirectX 12 and quite frankly, it looks really exciting. One of the huge AMD only benefits are the Async Shaders, which are poised to draw even more performance from the GPU than what other manufacturers will be able to take advantage of. Of course, we’ll have to wait for the full on reviews to see how much benefit there is, as well as the release of Windows 10, but for now, enjoy the full slide presentation if you have a moment or two to spare.



Futuremark Begins Development of VR Benchmark, Invites Industry Participation

Futuremark Begins Development of VR Benchmark, Invites Industry Participation HELSINKI, FINLAND – June 10, 2015 – Futuremark® is developing a VR benchmark that uses a combination of software and hardware to measure performance, latency, and accuracy. Designed primarily for manufacturers, analysts and press, the VRMark™ benchmark will test a system’s ability to deliver high quality virtual reality experiences for a range of content types from photos and video to games and simulations. http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/vrmark With development under way, Futuremark is inviting VR system manufacturers to join its Benchmark Development Program™. BDP members will have exclusive access to VRMark throughout its development, gaining a deep understanding of its workloads, right down to the source code. Using a development process that’s been government-vetted for neutrality, members can provide input to Futuremark at every stage from specification to public release. Companies creating VR hardware and software, and others with an interest in VR system performance, are invited to apply for VRMark BDP membership today at http://www.futuremark.com/bdp. “There are already more than a dozen different head-mounted displays for VR at various stages of completion. Analysts forecast that VR will reach 10.8 million users by the end of 2016. But delivering a great VR experience relies on overcoming significant performance challenges,” said Jukka Mäkinen, Man...



ASUSTOR Release Surveillance Center 2.3 Beta

ASUSTOR Release Surveillance Center 2.3 Beta ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center 2.3 Beta introduces brand new features including automated event action rules, foreign object detection, more intuitive on-screen controls and expansion of the HDMI local output function. All users are welcome to download and experience the latest Surveillance Center functions. Taipei, Taiwan, May 25th, 2015 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the release of the Surveillance Center 2.3 beta version. This version of Surveillance Center features powerful new features including automated event action rules, simplified and intuitive on-screen controls, role-based access control, and the addition of foreign object detection for intelligent video analytics and search. The HDMI local output function has also been expanded for setups with greater than 4 cameras, allowing users to change pages to view different video feeds and automatically cycle between feeds, providing the same type of convenience as browsing real-time surveillance feeds on a web page.   “Since the release of Surveillance Center we have been continually receiving feedback from all of our users. This has allowed us to make continual improvements and innovations, creating an even more reliable, convenient and versatile surveillance system,” said James Su, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “This new upgrade significantly enhances overall system performance in a variety of ways ...






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