Futuremark reached out to us today to let us know its upcoming PCMark 7 benchmark suite will be dropping into download queues later this week, and for reals this time. The new launch date is set for this Thursday, May 12th, at 12:00 GMT.
Futuremark has been accepting pre-orders for PCMark 7 since March 22, 2011, and it was supposed to have been released on May 3, 2011 (last Tuesday). A last minute bug discovery prompted Futuremark to postpone the release, because even though it was a "simple matter" to fix, "making any changes to the software at this point also necessitates a further round of testing with our industry partners which takes time," the company explained.
PCMark 7 will ship in three versions, including:
- PCMark 7 Basic Edition (Free)
- PCMark 7 Advanced Edition ($40)
- PCMark 7 Professional Edition ($995)
Most home users will find the free version sufficient, which allows for unlimited runs of the main PCMark test suite, the ability to browse, search, and compare results online, and store one result online. The $40 version lets you run all 7 tests and allows more online options, while the $995 version comes with priority support and command line automation.
We already have a copy of PCMark 7 in hand and will use it for future reviews published after May 12, 2011.