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.

Platforms

  • 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. Hope; the "Platforms" section mentions windows 7 only. At least as-intended. No doubt it won't work on XP but maybe Vista. The only way to find out is to try when it's released. :)
    Brolloks
    Hope it does not run as long as PCMark Vantage, it takes over 2 hrs

    This. I really hope not. I ran PCMark Vantage when I first got into benching a bit back and was so angry when I figured out it wasn't worth any boints!:bang head
    Bump from the depths. Just got the release date & pricing email
    PCMark 7 Release Date Announced, Preordering Begins
    Pricing and Edition Details Confirmed for Windows 7 PC Testing Benchmark
    HELSINKI, FINLAND – APRIL 14, 2011 – Futuremark® today confirmed that PCMark® 7, a new benchmark offering complete PC performance testing for Windows 7, will be released on May 3, 2011. PCMark 7 will be available in 3 editions: the Basic Edition, a free download offering unlimited runs of the main PCMark test, the Advanced Edition which includes all 7 PC tests and the Professional Edition which unlocks all features and is the only edition licensed for commercial use. The Advanced and Professional Editions can be pre-ordered now from http://www.pcmark.com.
    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

    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.
    PCMark 7 will be released on May 3, 2011. PCMark 7 Advanced and Professional Editions can be pre-ordered now from http://www.pcmark.com.
    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.
    bennoculus
    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).
    hokiealumnus
    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?
    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.