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Futuremark gears up for PCMark 7

by Tarinder Sandhu on 15 April 2011, 10:01

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There's a breed of folk who like to benchmark their PCs on a quotidian basis. Heck, I've done more than my fair of benchmarking in recent years and, I have to admit, there's something fascinating about finding out just how a new graphics card, SSD, or CPU performs.

Futuremark, the benchmarking maestros, have indicated that a system-wide performance benchmark is to be released on May 3. It may not surprise you to learn it's called PCMark 7 and centres around Windows 7-powered systems only. To be made available in three editions - Basic (free), Advanced ($39.99) and Professional ($995) - there's something for everyone.

Detailing further, here's how they break down:

PCMARK 7 BASIC EDITION – Free, available from May 3, 2011

  • Free PC test offering unlimited runs of the main PCMark test suite
  • Browse, search and compare results online
  • Store one result online

PCMARK 7 ADVANCED EDITION - $39.95 – PRE-ORDER NOW

  • Includes all 7 PC tests with more than 25 individual workloads
  • Browse, search and compare results online
  • Unlimited online results storage
  • Hide results from public view
  • Offline result management
  • Advert-free online service

PCMARK 7 PROFESSIONAL EDITION - $995.00 – PRE-ORDER NOW

  • Licensed for commercial PC system testing
  • Includes all 7 PC tests with more than 25 individual workloads
  • Command line automation
  • Browse, search and compare results online
  • Unlimited online results storage
  • Hide results from public view
  • Offline result management
  • Advert-free online service
  • Priority support

Futuremark goes on to say: "PCMark 7 provides a set of 7 PC tests for measuring different aspects of PC performance with a high degree of accuracy. Overall system performance is measured by the PCMark test. The Lightweight test measures the capabilities of entry level systems and mobility platforms unable to run the full PCMark test. Common use performance is measured by the Entertainment, Creativity and Productivity tests. Component performance is measured by the Computation and Storage hardware tests. The Storage test is ideal for testing SSDs and external hard drives in addition to the system drive".

Fancy giving your PC a tune-up and test? You can pre-order the Advanced and Professional editions right over here.

On related note, are you fans of these all-in-one benchmarks?



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