Futuremark Announces PCMark 7 for Windows 7

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Looks like we have a new benchmark to look forward to. Like 3DMark 11 before it, they’re keeping any release date under wraps, but they’re teasing us with some art and a fact sheet. Here’s the press release.

Image Courtesy Futuremark

Image Courtesy Futuremark

PCMark 7 Announced For Windows 7

New Benchmark Includes 7 Suites for Complete PC Performance Analysis

HELSINKI, FINLAND – MARCH 21, 2011 – Futuremark®, the developer of the world’s most popular benchmarking software, announced PCMark® 7 today, a new benchmark offering complete PC performance analysis for Windows 7. PCMark 7 includes 7 separate test suites combining more than 20 individual workloads covering storage, computation, image and video manipulation, web browsing and gaming. A release date has not been announced though the official website states that PCMark 7 is coming soon. http://www.pcmark.com/

“Hardware innovations like solid state drives (SSDs), and new form factors such as netbooks and tablets are greatly increasing the range of PC performance available to businesses and home users,” said Jani Joki, Director of PC Products and Services at Futuremark. “With so much choice available, PCMark 7 is an essential and easy to use tool to test and compare PC performance accurately and reliably across a wide range of usage scenarios.”

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

For more information please visit http://www.pcmark.com/ or follow Futuremark on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Futuremark/

Looking at the fact sheet, there are a couple items to note. Of course, this runs only on Windows 7. You’ll also need a fairly modern graphics setup.


  • PC: Windows 7
  • DirectX 9 graphics card required for PCMark score
  • DirectX 10 graphics card required for some additional tests
  • DirectX 11 graphics card required for some additional tests

Seeing the benchmark suites list, like PCMark Vanage before it, this one looks like it may take a little while to run.

Benchmark Suites

PCMark 7 includes more than 20 individual workloads combined into 7 separate suites to give different views of system performance.

  • The PCMark Suite measures overall system performance and returns an official PCMark score.
  • The Lightweight Suite measures the capabilities of entry level systems unable to run the full PCMark suite.
  • The Entertainment Suite measures system performance in entertainment, media and gaming scenarios.
  • The Creativity Suite measures performance in typical creativity scenarios involving images and video.
  • The Productivity suite measures system performance scenarios using the Internet and office applications.
  • The Computation Suite contains workloads that isolate the computation performance of the system.
  • The Storage Suite contains workloads that isolate the performance of the PC’s storage system.

That’s all we know so far. Hopefully this one will have a free version like 3DMark 11 and can eventually be added to the point-granting HWBot benchmarks. We’ll keep you up to date as new info comes along.

– Jeremy Vaughan (hokiealumnus)

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  1. Good, because, like I said earlier, I made the mistake of running PCMark Vantage when I first started and was hoping for boints. It took an hour and I submitted it and got nothing.

    Needless to say, I was angry :p
    ...and doesn't take as long as vantage.

    It does not, I'm very happy to report. Thursday I'll be telling you how long, but it's not as long as Vantage without a doubt. :salute:
    I am probably gonna run it regardless. PCMark 05 is still my fav 2d bench. so much to tweak. so hopefully this is a the same and doesn't take as long as vantage.
    May be worth HW points in rev 4.

    - PCMark04

    - Reference clock

    - Memory clock

    - PCMark Vantage

    - Heaven DX9

    - 3DMark 11 Performance

    HWbot usually resists benches that cost money (no score with free version). This has 1 free submission *shrug*. Also they wouldn't auto approve a new bench before it can be tested *beta* for cheats and unrealistic tweaks (like cpu speed change in windows changes score). So give it some time.
    I don't know. Surprisingly, I hope it does. While I can't go into any details until it's released, suffice it to say it's a more pleasurable benchmark than PCMark Vantage.
    who would really need the pro edition? $1000, really?

    I'll stick with the free one, we will see if it takes hours to run though...

    Companies that build specialized HPC systems for desktop usage. Like Multiprocessor CAD systems, that do hydrodynamic and stress analysis. Or studio computer animation and effects processing.

    To system requirements like this most processors still aren't enough for the bleeding edge of what they are trying to do. Part of it is price, if you have to deploy 50+ workstations that cost 5k+ and you replace them every three months. You need to be able to squeeze out as much performance as possible for the price closest to your budget.

    Granted OpenCL and CUDA has made a vast improvement in these areas. They still spend more time testing systems and engineering them than most. Short of the OC community, and server market.
    Don't know; haven't been able to try PCMark 7 yet. :)

    I don't think it's more competitive per se, it just takes more work to run (i.e. keeping XP boot test <220MB/s). That's not what he's saying though. He's talking about adding yet another benchmark for the top benchers to have to master to stay on top.
    Massman gave hope for 3D11 in Rev.4 when I asked.

    PCMark Vantage was definitely b/c there is no free version. That will help PCMark 7, but there is the problem in the post I linked - top benchers being required to run numerous benchmarks to be competitive.

    I'm probably a bit out of the loop, but what makes, say PCMark05, more competitive than PCMark7? Because it's older and there's plenty of submissions?
    What's the whole reason why newer benchmarks never get boints (eg PCM7, PCMVantage, 3D11)?

    no free version or something that's not weighted fairly for hardware. 3dm11 should be getting bointage at some point I'd bet...basically once it's relatively difficult to cheat it and the playing field is (as) even (as it will ever be).
    I prefer test it in trial version and see how this looks, after that get the payment version if works the money, but the advance version seems cheap IMO.