VIA Releases Powerful DOOM 3 Multiplayer Benchmarking Map and Demo

Available from VIA Gamers Arena, the latest custom DOOM 3 map offers an ideal multiplayer environment for benchmarking high-end gaming systems, while a multiplayer demo allows for simple yet effective performance testing

Taipei , Taiwan , 10 June 2005 – VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today released viavga_d3_bench, a compact DOOM 3 multiplayer map crammed with heavy geometric detail and striking lighting effects designed to test PC system performance to the full.

Built from the ground up to push today’s high-end systems into breaking a sweat, the map was developed by renowned mapper Josh ‘b0rg’ Holmes, the editor of VIA’s official games website VIA Gamers Arena, to offer a glimpse at what to expect from tomorrow’s games using DOOM 3 technology, the world’s most technically advanced PC gaming engine. The multiplayer demo recorded for benchmark testing is approximately twice as demanding as the default single player demo packaged with DOOM 3. The map is suitable for 2–4 player deathmatch games and demands an impressive system to run smoothly, such as one based on the latest VIA K8 or PT series core logic chipsets.

“I wanted to create an incredibly system-intensive multiplayer map to take DOOM 3 technology to the extreme and see what the powerful engine is really capable of,” said Josh Holmes, editor of VIA Gamers Arena. “I’m pleased to have achieved this goal by incorporating as much eye candy as possible, while implementing all the optimization tricks I’ve learnt, to give an exceptional system benchmarking tool that will be a DOOM 3 engine performance yardstick for some time to come.”

Incorporating original assets from DOOM 3, as well as several custom projection lights, the layout of viavga_d3_bench includes a combination of small and large areas constructed with the liberal use of brushes and curved patch meshes. Each area is heavily illuminated with numerous point and project lights. The map features various special effects including breakable glass and lights, reflective surfaces, exploding gas tanks and fuel drums, lifts, traps and a balanced scattering of weapons, ammo, armor and medkits.

viavga_d3_bench supports duel, free for all and team deathmatch modes of play. A default multiplayer demo can be downloaded and used for system benchmarking. Refer to the instructions included for information on how to run the demo.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.

VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE 2388) is the foremost fabless supplier of market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced connectivity, multimedia, networking and storage silicon, and complete platform solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded markets. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA’s global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world’s top OEMs, motherboard vendors and system integrators. www.viatech.com

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