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Futuremark PCMark 7

Futuremark's PCMark 7 is the latest version of the PCMark suite, recently released this spring. It has updated application performance measurements targeted for a Windows 7 environment.  Here's what Futuremark says is incorporated in the base PCMark suite and the Entertainment suite, the two modules we have benchmark scores for you here.

Futuremark PCMark 7
General Application and Multimedia Performance
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
  • Windows Defender
  • Importing pictures
  • Gaming

Video Playback and transcoding

  • DirectX 9

Image manipulation
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.


Here AMD's new Llano A8 Fusion processor fairs significantly better, coming within striking distance of Intel's Core i5-2520M mobile processor, within about a 10% margin or so.  Also, note that in this test, as was evident in our PCMark Vantage test from the previous page, the Llano / discrete CrossFire configuration doesn't offer much performance improvement.  Obviously, these tests are not heavily weighted with 3D graphics workloads.

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