Futuremark is a familiar name in the computer hardware industry, thanks to its popular PCMark and 3DMark benchmarking suites. We put the CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme through these tests and compared the scores to results from similar systems we’ve recently reviewed.
|Futuremark PCMark 7
|Simulated Application Performance
Futuremark's PCMark 7 is the latest version of the PCMark whole-system benchmarking suite. It has updated application performance measurements targeted for a Windows 7 environment and uses newer metrics to gauge relative performance, versus the older PCMark Vantage.
Below is what Futuremark says is incorporated in the base PCMark suite and the Entertainment, Creativity, and Productivity suites, the four modules we have benchmark scores for you here.
The PCMark test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance during typical desktop usage. This is the most important test since it returns the official PCMark score for the system
Video Playback and transcoding
Web browsing and decrypting
The Entertainment test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance in entertainment scenarios using mostly application workloads. Individual tests include recording, viewing, streaming and transcoding TV shows and movies, importing, organizing and browsing new music and several gaming related workloads. If the target system is not capable of running DirectX 10 workloads then those tests are skipped. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given an Entertainment test score.
The Creativity test contains a collection of workloads to measure the system performance in typical creativity scenarios. Individual tests include viewing, editing, transcoding and storing photos and videos. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given a Creativity test score.
The Productivity test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance in typical productivity scenarios. Individual workloads include loading web pages and using home office applications. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given a Productivity test score.
The CyberPowerPC Gamer Xtreme 5200 falls right in the middle of the pack in PCMark 7. That’s perhaps a surprising place to be considering the dual GPUs, although it’s worth noting that this benchmark suite is heavily affected by disk subsystem performance.
|Futuremark 3DMark 11 and 3DMark Fire Strike
|Simulated Gaming Performance
3DMark11, is specifically targeted at Windows 7-based systems due to its DirectX 11 requirement. 3DMark11 isn't simply a port of 3DMark Vantage to DirectX 11, though. With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark has incorporated four new graphics tests, a physics tests, and a new combined test. We tested the graphics cards here with 3DMark11's Performance preset option, which uses a resolution of 1280x720 with 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.
3DMark 11 is much friendlier to multiple Radeon GPU setups; the two top spots are occupied by systems in that configuration, although it may seem odd that an older system--the Digital Storm ODE Level 4--would best the newer and similarly-spec’d Gamer Xtreme 5200. However, note the Digital Storm system has a pair of Radeon HD 7970 cards in CrossFire X.
In the 3DMark Fire Strike test, we can see the dual GPUs doing their thing. The Gamer Xtreme 5200 (narrowly) posted the best combined score while whipping the field in the two graphics sub tests; it was also tops in the overall graphics test. On the Physics side of things, the Gamer Xtreme 5200 actually had the third-worst score, but its overall 3DMark Fire Strike score was king by a wide margin.