Lavalys Everest Ultimate 5.3

What's new - CPU, Chipset & GPU

Lavalys Everest Ultimate Edition v5.3
Today on Overclock3D we’re taking a look at the latest revision of Lavalys’ comprehensive hardware analysis software, Everest. In particular the new features available in Everest Ultimate Edition v5.3.
There are two main problems with any hardware analysis software. Firstly they are either overwhelmingly complex or frustratingly simple and secondly they are rarely updated to take advantage of, or even notice, the latest hardware. Everest dispenses with both of these issues by providing not only a fully featured set of hardware benchmarks and comparison tables, but also is updated so regularly that Lavalys support hardware that has yet to reach the marketplace.
Let’s firstly look at the many new features and supported hardware for those of you who already use this splendid package, and then we’ll move on to an overview for those of you who haven’t yet sampled this surprising piece of software.
What’s New
The first thing that you will notice is that Lavalys have wisely kept their simple to use interface and made most of the changes ‘under the hood’. Often companies overhaul their popular packages with needlessly flashy front-ends, so it’s good to see Lavalys sticking with their proven clear and easy to navigate interface that loads quickly and manages to display the exceptional amount of information available in a manner that is both clear and easy on the eye. Enhanced support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 ensure that no matter what your operating system is, it wont affect the accuracy of Everest's reporting tools.
Everest Main Screen
On the Intel side of the fence Everest now supports both the new i5, i7 and Xeon range of processors. This includes full processor information and accurate reading of everything you could need starting at the basic CPU name, speed and cache sizes, through to transistor counts, process information and thermal rating. The full list of newly supported Intel processors are those codenamed "Lynnfield", "Clarksfield". There is improved supported for Poulsbo US15W SCH based Intel Atom systems and preliminary benchmarks for the "Clarkdale" and "Arrandale" processors.
AMD have released a plethora of processors in recent times with a multitude of codenames, but regardless of if you own a Deneb X2 or a Hexcore Opteron, it will be detected properly.  The Lavalys list of newly supported AMD processors is "Shanghai", "Istanbul", "Callisto", "Deneb", "Heka", "Propus", "Rana", "Regor" and "Sargas". The comparison tables have even been updated to enable you to see at a glance how your system compares to the latest number crunching behemoth. In my case not well, so luckily the OC3D banner helps hide my shame.
How do you stack up to Hexcores?
With any new generation of processor there is a new generation of chipsets to go with them  Like the aforementioned processors, Lavalys were quick in getting chipset information for all the latest motherboard types including PCI Express device lists and SPD memory modules. The newly supported chipset list includes the AMD785G and AMD SR56. For Xeon and the new i5/i7 chips the Intel Ibex Peak 34xx, Intel P55. Everest also supports the Nvidia Ion, VIA VX8820, VX855 and VX875.
GPUs and DirectX 11
It can't have escaped anyones notice that the primary new element Windows 7 will bestow upon the technophiles amongst us is DirectX 11. Shader Model 5, Direct Compute (GPGPU) technology and easier multi-threaded implementation should mean that it's not the slight disappointment DirectX 10 was. Once again Lavalys are ahead of the rest by including DirectX 11 support into Everest v5.3. All the tables have been updated to include detection of the very latest devices including OpenGL 3.2 features and extensions.
So with the technical side out the way, what does that mean to us, the end user? Primarily it means that the current king of graphics cards, the ATI Radeon HD 5870 and HD 5850 are fully supported within Everest. Lavalys have also included and expanded support with Nvidia for the GeForce GT230, 240, G105M and the two latest Quadro FX cards, the 1700M and 3700M.
I could tell you about the temperature monitoring and the comprehensive GPU information display, but a picture tells a thousand words. This screen shot is courtesy of Lavalys themselves as I haven't got a 58x0 installed in my system. 2 billion transistors and 5 billion pixel fill rate. Lovely.
GPU Screen
Lets move on to page 2 and look over the main features.
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Most Recent Comments

06-10-2009, 16:06:13

Great review, fantastic piece of software.

Gonna have to ask myself why I don't use it. I certainly know about it and have done for some time, but don't use it. Have done b4.

hmmm need to do something about that maybe.Quote

07-10-2009, 10:29:54

I love it...i have the corporate a charm, i only really use it for gadgets...its LEWSH!!!Quote

07-10-2009, 10:53:57

Cracking review dude!Quote

07-10-2009, 13:19:31

Thank you very much. I enjoy reviews immensely. Far more creative freedom than news postings. Of course when the item to be reviewed is as good as this, then it's double the fun.


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