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PCMark is a computer benchmark tool developed by Futuremark to test the performance of a PC at the system and component level. In most cases the tests in PCMark are designed to represent typical home user workloads.[citation needed] Running PCMark produces a score with higher numbers indicating better performance. Several versions of PCMark have been released though scores cannot be compared across the different releases since each includes different tests.


Version Description Released Operating System Status
PCMark2002 PCMark2002 is the first unified benchmark from Futuremark, suited for benchmarking all kinds of PCs, from laptops to workstations, across multiple Microsoft Windows operating systems. It is designed to test normal home and office PC usage making professional strength benchmarking software available even to novice users.
  • CPU Performance Testing
  • Memory Performance Testing
  • HDD Performance Testing
  • System Crunch Testing
  • Windows XP 2D Testing
  • Video Encoding and Decoding Performance Testing
  • DVD Playback Quality Testing
  • Laptop Battery Endurance Testing
March 12, 2002 Windows XP
Windows 2000
Windows Millennium
Windows 98 SE
Windows 98
PCMark04 PCMark04 is the first multitasking benchmark from Futuremark. It features both system and component level benchmarking. System level benchmarking produces a measure of the PC’s overall performance. Component level benchmarking isolates the performance of individual components, such as the CPU, memory, graphics subsystem, and hard disk. PCMark04 includes the ability to create custom benchmarks by putting together tests tailored to specific needs.
  • PCMark test, a system level test
  • CPU test
  • Memory test
  • Graphics test
  • HDD test
November 25, 2003 Windows XP
Windows 2000
PCMark05 The tests in PCMark05 are divided into different test suites depending on the part of the PC they measure.
  • System Test Suite
  • CPU Test Suite
  • Memory Test Suite
  • Graphics Test Suite
  • HDD Test Suite
June 28, 2005 Windows Vista
Windows XP
PCMark Vantage PCMark Vantage is the first objective hardware performance benchmark for PCs running 32 and 64 bit versions of Microsoft Windows Vista. PCMark Vantage is suited for benchmarking Microsoft Windows Vista PCs from multimedia home entertainment systems and laptops to dedicated workstations and hi-end gaming rigs. The PCMark Suite is a collection of various single- and multi-threaded CPU, Graphics and HDD test sets with the focus on Windows Vista application tests. Consumer Scenario Suites are pre-defined selections of test sets that measure the system’s performance in respective Windows Vista Consumer Scenarios.
  • PCMark Score
  • PCMark Memories Score
  • PCMark TV and Movies Score
  • PCMark Gaming Score
  • PCMark Music Score
  • PCMark Communications Score
  • PCMark Productivity Score
  • PCMark HDD Score
October 18, 2007 Windows 7 (8/8.1 with limitations)
Windows Vista
PCMark 7 PCMark 7 includes more than 25 individual workloads combined into 7 separate tests to give different views of system performance.
  • The PCMark test measures overall system performance and returns an official PCMark score.
  • The Lightweight test measures the capabilities of entry level systems unable to run the full PCMark suite.
  • The Entertainment test measures system performance in entertainment, media and gaming scenarios.
  • The Creativity test measures performance in typical creativity scenarios involving images and video.
  • The Productivity test measures system performance scenarios using the Internet and office applications.
  • The Computation test contains workloads that isolate the computation performance of the system.
  • The Storage test contains workloads that isolate the performance of the PC’s storage system.
May 12, 2011 Windows 8/8.1
Windows 7
PCMark 8 PCMark 8 is a Windows system benchmark. Unlike previous versions, PCMark 8 includes battery life testing and benchmarks using 3rd party applications from Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office. PCMark 8 includes five main benchmark tests and the ability to run any single workload individually.
  • The Home benchmark includes workloads that reflect common tasks for a typical home user.
  • The Creative benchmark includes workloads typical of advanced home computer users.
  • The Work benchmark test includes a set of workloads that reflect common tasks for an office environment.
  • The Applications benchmark measures system performance using applications from Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office.
  • The Storage benchmark is a component level test for measuring the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives.
June 4, 2013 (Professional Edition) October 21, 2013 (Advanced and Basic Editions) Windows 8/8.1
Windows 7


In a 2008 Ars Technica article, a VIA Nano gained significant performance after its CPUID changed to Intel.[1] However this could be explained by the way Intel compilers work.[2]

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  1. ^ "Low-end grudge match: Nano vs. Atom". Ars technica. Jul 2008. Retrieved July 30, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Intel's "cripple AMD" function". Agner`s CPU blog. Dec 2009. 

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