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Test Setup and PCMark 8 v2

Test System Configuration Notes: When configuring our test system for this article, we first updated the BIOS and set the board to its default settings. Once we were sure all settings were at their stock values, we saved the settings, re-entered the BIOS and ensured the memory speed was set to DDR4-2133 (its maximum, officially supported speed). 

Our test rig is powered by an Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake quad-core CPU, Corsair H100 AIO water cooler, 16GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 2667Mhz, a 1300W CoolerMaster PSU, an Nvidia GTX 970 GPU and a Corsair Neutron XT 240GB SSD.

Once the Windows 10 installation was complete, we fully updated the OS, and installed the drivers necessary for our components. We then installed all of our benchmarking software, performed a disk clean-up, cleared any prefetch and temp data, and ran the tests.

PCMark 8 v2
System Level Benchmark

Futuremark's PCMark 8 is the latest version of the PCMark whole-system benchmarking suite. It has updated application performance measurements targeted for a Windows 8 environment and uses newer metrics to gauge relative performance. Below is what Futuremark says is incorporated into the base PCMark suite and the Home, Creativity, and Work suites--the three modules we have benchmark scores for you here. 

The Home test includes workloads that reflect common tasks for a typical home user. These workloads have low computational requirements making PCMark 8 Home suitable for testing the performance of low-cost tablets, notebooks and desktops. Home includes workloads for web browsing, writing, gaming, photo editing, and video chat. The results are combined to give a PCMark 8 Home score for your system.

The Creativity test includes workloads typical of enthusiasts and professionals who work with media and entertainment content. With more demanding requirements than the Home benchmark, this benchmark is suitable for mid-range computer systems. PCMark 8 Creative includes web browsing, photo editing, video editing, group video chat, media transcoding, and gaming workloads.

The Work test measures your system's ability to perform basic office work tasks, such as writing documents, browsing websites, creating spreadsheets and using video chat. The Work benchmark is suitable for measuring the performance of typical office PC systems that lack media capabilities. The results from each workload are combined to give an overall PCMark 8 Work score for your system.

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We're seeing decent performance gains while overclocked, especially in the Creative benchmark. The performance may not be as formidable as a high-end X99 setup, but the stock and OC results in PCMark 8 v2 are indeed enthusiast level. Futuremark rated both the Creative and Work test results as better than 99% of all officially listed test results within their database. The Home test score better than 91% of all results.

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