Usually, we’d fire up Futuremark's system performance benchmark, PCMark Vantage, but at press time, Futuremark has not yet released an update of the test for Windows 8. We still have PCMark 7 and 3Dmark 11 to test our system, though.
|PCMark and 3DMark Tests
|General Application and Multimedia 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.
Better components deliver better scores, and you can see that the two systems rocking an Ivy Bridge CPU (the Revolt and Digital Storm’s Bolt) come out way ahead of the rest of the field, and the GeForce GTX 670 graphics card and SSD put the Revolt over the top. (Note well that the Bolt shipped overclocked, so that’s a big part of the reason why it scores so well compared to the Revolt.)
|Futuremark 3Dmark 11
|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.
In 3Dmark 11, the Revolt is simply in a different class compared to the other small form factor gaming systems we have tested; this score of 8373 is clearly nothing we’ve seen yet from the small form factor systems we’ve tested, and it actually holds up well against scores posted by full-size gaming rigs.