As promised earlier this week, Futuremark has now introduced its newest benchmarking software, PCMark 7, which is specifically made so as to test out every nook and cranny of today's Windows 7-capable PCs.
PCMark 7 includes over 25 different workloads which cover everything from web browsing and storage, to computation, image and video manipulation and gaming, and enable a complete measurement of a system's capabilities. These workloads are combined in multiple tests, providing either an overall performance view or an analysis of specific aspects (components).
The tests available with PCMark 7 are:
- the PCMark test which measures overall system performance and returns an official PCMark score (this is the only test available on the Basic edition)
- the Lightweight test which measures the capabilities of entry level systems unable to run the full PCMark test
- the Entertainment test which measures system performance in entertainment, media and gaming scenarios
- the Creativity test which measures performance in typical creativity scenarios involving images and video
- the Productivity test which measures system performance scenarios using the Internet and office applications
- the Computation test which contains workloads that isolate the computation performance of the system
- the Storage test which contains workloads that isolate the performance of the PC’s storage system
PCMark 7 runs only on Windows 7 and requires at least a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a DirectX 9 graphics card, 10GB of free hard drive space (NTFS formatted), and a display capable of a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.
Futuremark's benchmark is available in three versions - Basic (free), Advanced ($39.95) and Professional ($995) and can be downloaded from TCMag's servers now .