Just as Futuremark’s 3DMark suite of software tests your computer’s 3D graphics capabilities, PCMark is a full PC benchmark based are real-world tasks. Today we have PCMark 7; the latest in the PCMark range. This version contains a series of tests ranging from web browsing to gaming graphics to browsing music. In addition to revamped benchmark set, Futuremark has added a new online service that enables users to “validate, store, share and compare” their benchmark results with other users from all around the world. Much like 3DMark 11, there are 3 versions to choose from; Basic, Advanced and Professional. Basic is is free with unlimited uses, but is limited to only the main benchmark and has limited options for benchmark results. Advanced costs about $30 and will contain all of the benchmarks and online features. Professional Edition, at $995, is aimed at corporate use and adds the more advanced features such as custom testing options, automated benchmarking and priority customer support.
New in PCMark 7 is the list of benchmarks. The tests are now arranged into 7 separate benchmarks that make use of 25 different workloads. These 7 benchmarks target specific areas of computer usage.
The first test is the PCMark Suite. This measures overall system performance and is the test that will return you an official PCMark score. Here you’ll find HD video playback, image manipulation, web browsing, DirectX 9 graphics and Windows Defender, picture and gaming storage performance.
Next is the Lightweight Suite. This, much like the regular PCMark test, measures overall system performance, but is tailored for entry level systems. It includes image manipulation, text editing, web browsing, and picture, music and application storage performance.
The Productivity Suite measures performance scenarios using Internet and office applications. Tests here include text editing, web browsing and Windows Defender and application storage performance.
The Entertainment Suite runs tests that involve your computer’s media and gaming capabilities. This test includes video playback & transcoding, multi-tab web browsing, DirectX 9 graphics, a series of DirectX 10 tests, and music and gaming storage performance.
The Creativity Suite covers the major performance scenarios that involve creative imaging and video editing. The workloads included are video transcoding, image manipulation and picture and video storage performance.
The Computation Suite tests the pure computing power of the system. The included workloads are video down scaling, video transcoding and image manipulation.
Lastly, the System storage suite tests the storage performance of the main system drive. This tests the storage performance in Windows Defender, importing pictures, video editing, adding music, starting applications, gaming and media center.
Now with the feature set out of the way let’s get some baseline test scores.