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PCMark 8 Editor's Review

Not every PC user would have penchant for running new benchmarks and benchmarking software in their computers. It is only hardcore gamers and seasoned users who like tinkering around with various settings in PC benchmarking tools. Such apps also help you evaluate your PC and you can decide whether it needs an upgrade or not. FutureMarks is one company that is very popular with tech savvy PC users. Its PCMark benchmark app has been used as an industry standard app to measure performances for the last decade. You may try it to find out capability of your laptop or desktop.

PCMark no longer supports older versions of Windows OS and Windows 7 and later editions are compatible with it. The installation is not tedious. You will need plenty of free disk space for the benchmarks to run. The basic edition lets you run PCMark test as many times you want. In Advanced and Professional Edition other features are unlocked. The DirectX 10 and 11 tests for example run on advanced edition.

The app sports a sleek and streamlined UI. The PCMark test can be deemed as a comprehensive system performance assessment benchmark and it returns official PCMark score for a laptop or desktop.

In its creativity test, the app simulates transcoding, editing media files to assess the computer’s GPU and processing prowess. The app’s Entertainment test assesses the PC performance in entertainment scenarios like streaming video and recording. The productivity test contains workloads simulating running office apps and opening web pages. For getting in depth information on GPU and CPU performance, use the Computation test. Some test results however, may turn out to be inconsistent.

The app’s Storage test is useful for evaluating the system’s storage media performance. It supports both rotational HDDS and SSDs. Not very PC is equipped with beefy hardware to complete all benchmarks included in the suite. To assess capability of older PCs and entry level PCs, there is the Lightweight test. The company website contains useful FAQ and technical guide.

Positive Points:
•    Comprehensive Windows PC benchmarking utilities.
•    Sleek, streamlined UI.
•    Special benchmarks to assess entry level computers.

Negative Points:
•    Some test results may be inconsistent.
•    Lacks support for older Windows versions.

Conclusion:
PCMark is a feature packed and comprehensive benchmarking utility for Windows. It lets you assess each hardware component of your desktop and laptop. It supports SSDs and regular HDDS as well. The app has a streamlined and sleek UI. There is provision to assess performance of older PCs and entry level systems as well. Users can resort to the detailed online FAQ and technical guide for using the app. Lack of older Windows versions is a downer as is inconsistency of some test results.

Rating:3.5/5







PCMark 8 Publisher's Description

PCMark 8 combines performance benchmarking with battery life measurement and includes tests based on popular Adobe and Microsoft applications. Whether you are looking for long battery life, or maximum power, PCMark 8 will help you find the devices that offer the perfect combination of efficiency and performance for your needs. It's the complete PC performance benchmark for home and business.

Free download from Shareware Connection - PCMark 8 combines performance benchmarking with battery life measurement and includes tests based on popular Adobe and Microsoft applications.

Publisher: pcmark.com | License: Shareware
Version: 1 | Size: 313497 KB | Platform: Windows
Released Date: | Rating: 5 | Title: PCMark 8

Author Url: http://www.futuremark.com/
Program Info Url: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/pcmark
Download Url: http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/pcmark8

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