Currently the software doesn't have a set release date. However, when launched, it will offer a set of seven test suites measuring different aspects of PC performance "with a high degree of accuracy." These suites will combine more than 20 individual workloads covering storage, computation, image and video manipulation, web browsing and gaming.
"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."
According to the company, PCMark 7 will include a Lightweight Suite that will measure the capabilities of entry level systems and mobility platforms that don't have enough horsepower to run the full PCMark 7 suite. As for the meatier rigs and notebooks, the Entertainment, Creativity and Productivity scenario suites will measure common use performance while the Computation and Storage hardware suites will measure component performance.
"The Storage suite is ideal for testing SSDs and external hard drives in addition to the system drive," the company added.
Right now Futuremark lists the software as "coming soon," so stay tuned for additional details about the actual release and pricing.
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Good for braggers, useless for average joe which is 98% of the market.Reply
HansVonOhain- Exactly, when was the last time you ever heard of anyone PCMarking a netbook?Reply
HansVonOhainGood for braggers, useless for average joe which is 98% of the market.To be honest, I like using the 3Dmark software for showing compatibility with different components. Just because "it works", doesn't mean it works well sometimes. For instance, when I had my AM2+ board (K9A2 Platinum) I tried 3 different kinds of ram, and got different avgs for each kind tested. Now, having a complete sweet, you can see how each component compares. Helps when you're a system builder.Reply
Braggers? I'd venture as much to say that anyone reading this article on Tomshardware either see's this as relevant/useful or fun software/benchmarking program or they wish they had a system they could post their numbers toReply
PC performance is becoming a lost art. Gamers have moved to consoles and everyone else (unless you are a developer) can use a dual core anything and work just fine. Hardware has hit the tipping point and Microsoft will pay the price for it through lack of innovation in their products and loses in hardware. Futuremark makes non realistic benchmarks that no longer depict real world useage.Reply