If you’ve been a fan of OCModShop (or any tech site for that matter), then you’ve no doubt heard of Everest. Everest is one of the premiere benchmarking suites that hardware enthusiasts use to test their motherboards, video cards, memory, and just about everything related to computers.
Some have wondered what has happened to Everest, as there hasn’t been an update in a long while. You needen’t worry any longer, because Lavasys (the publishers of Everest) have passed the torch to FinalWire. FinalWire calls their new and improved version of the classic benchmarking software “AIDA64″, and version 1.20 of the software was released yesterday.
AIDA64 updates the interface with a Windows 7-style icons, and a few improvements for modern Intel and AMD processors, and of course the latest ATI and nVidia video cards.
Some of the new features (and fixes) include:
- Support for Intel Sandy Bridge processors
- GPU details for Radeon HD 68xx and nVidia GeForce GTX 580
- Support for USB 3.0 devices
- Windows 7 style icons
- Fixed Control Panel applet issues under Windows Vista and Windows 7
- Memory Write benchmark on Intel Dunnington, Gufltown and Westmere
- L3 cache bandwidth measurement on Intel Core i3, i5, and i7
- Fixed Installer issues on Windows 7
The licensing has changed since Lavasys ran the show. A single license of AIDA64 Extreme Edition can be purchased and can be used by a single person on up to 3 computers. This is great since many enthusiasts own several PCs and a laptop. There is also a Business Edition and Extreme Engineer Edition, the latter of which can be used by up to 10 persons on many different computers.
Additionally, you will see this great benchmarking tool used on all future motherboard, video card, and memory reviews right here on OCModShop.
Of course, you can evaluate the Extreme and Business editions free for 30 days, and you can download the software directly from the AIDA64 website.