Softpedia Editor's Review for PCMark 7
A benchmark offering complete PC performance testing
Written by Mihaela Citea on February 8th, 2013
PCMark 7 is a simple, yet handy benchmarking utility that you can use to test the overall performance of your system, as well as the capabilities of different hardware components.
The program's interface is clean and simple, displaying the available tests, the benchmark progress and the results in separate tabs. Seven PC tests are included to measure different areas of system performance, but only the PCMark test is available in the basic version.
There are not lots of options to choose from, as you just have to select the desired test type and start the benchmarking process. The PCMark test is the one that measures the overall system capabilities and generates a PCMark score, which you can save to your computer or submit online, in order to compare results with other users that have a similar hardware configuration.
The PCMark benchmark suite can perform an analysis of a wide range of workloads, such as video playback and transcoding, image manipulation, web browsing, decrypting, graphics, system storage and more.
The 'Lightweight test' is designed to work with entry-level systems, while the common usage performance is measured by the productivity, entertainment and creativity suites. The first one tests website and application loading speed, the second includes a collection of workloads for measuring computer behavior during file recording, video streaming, playing TV shows or gaming, while the latter analyzes the effects of viewing, editing and trascoding photos and videos. Also, there are special tests for hardware components, including storage capacity or computation.
All in all, PCMark 7 provides you with an easy to use tool for performance evaluation, verifying system stability and overclocking capacity.
PCMark 7 description
Here are some key features of "PCMark 7":
Offline result management:
· By default, PCMark 7 submits and stores your benchmark results online on the PCMark website. If you have PCMark 7 Advanced Edition you can also save your result files to your hard drive or other local offline location.
Your own personal account:
· A personal account allows you to save your results in one place, add and edit descriptions and comments as well as granting access to all the available features and tools.
Browse, search and compare results:
· One of the most common questions from users after running a benchmark is “Is my score OK?” The PCMark online service lets you browse, search and compare results from millions of other users. In addition, every time you submit a result you will see how your score compares to those from others with similar hardware.
· Processor: 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)
· Memory: 1 GB for x86 systems or 2GB for x64 systems
· Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible graphics adaptor
· Display: 1024x600 minimum display resolution
· Hard drive: 10 GB free space, NTFS file system
· The common use and hardware component tests are unavailable.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Enhanced accuracy in video playback drawn frames measurement.
· In addition to the standard result, PCMark 7 Storage tests now report additional "raw" results where the metric idle values have been excluded from the score calculation.
· New troubleshooting option for hardware acceleration of video transcoding - "Enable hardware accelerated video transcoding" checkbox on the Help tab.
· Improved logging.
· Now fully compatible with Windows 8.
· The Web Browsing test has been completely rewritten to avoid compatibility issues with Windows 8. The previous implementation was based on Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC), the new one is a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application. The heavy lifting in the test is still done by the WebBrowser2 control. Benchmark scores are affected, in most cases going up by a few percent.
· SystemInfo updated to version 4.15 for Windows 8 compatibility.
· Fixed issues in video transcoding tests and added transcodi...