Lenovo B750 All-in-One 29-Inch Desktop Review

PCMark & 3DMark Tests

Futuremark PCMark 7
Simulated Application Performance

Futuremark’s PCMark 7 benchmark includes a suite of tests designed to measure the way your computer would perform during typical tasks. It includes an Entertainment Suite, which offers gaming scenarios and tests its media playback capabilities. The benchmark also has a Creativity Suite, in which the system processes images and video. Other tools include the Computation Suite and the Storage Suite. The latter is capable of measure SSDs and hard drives, either individually, or as a whole.

Lenovo's B750 came out strong and scored relatively high in PCMark 7, though it was not a class-leading score. Part of the reason for that is because the PCMark series has traditionally favored solid state drive (SSD) foundations. The B750 leans heavily on its 2TB mechanical hard drive, and though there's 8GB of SSD cache to play around with, it's not enough to overcome the limitations of platter-based storage versus much faster NAND Flash memory.

Futuremark 3DMark 11
Simulated Gaming Benchmark

As a gaming benchmark, 3DMark 11 puts extra emphasis on your system’s handling of DirectX 11. But it measures more than the graphics card’s performance (the processor can make a big difference to a score, for example) and is a good way to get a feel for a system both as a gaming PC and as a general-use computer. Futuremark recently updated 3DMark 11 to support Windows 8, so if you plan to run this test on your own Windows 8 system, be sure to get the latest version.

As mentioned earlier, Lenovo's custom NVIDIA drivers are several generations old, which means you have to wait around for the OEM to code specific drivers for your setup. Nevertheless, the B750 with its discrete GeForce GTX 760M took pole position in 3DMark 11 with a wide lead against its next closest competitor.

Futuremark PCMark 8
Simulated Application Performance
Futuremark recently launched PCMark 8, which has several separate benchmarks. The Home test measures a system's ability to handle basic tasks: video chatting, web browsing, photo editing, an similar day-to-day activities. The test is designed to be run on just about any Windows 7 or 8 computer. The Creative test offers some of the same types of tasks, but puts more stress on the system and is meant for mid-range and higher-end PCs. The Work test simulates the workflow of a typical office user. And the Storage test - you guessed it - benchmark's your computer's data storage performance. 

Futuremark's PCMark 8 benchmark is the newest version of the PCMark series, and as such, we don't have a collection of data to compare with just yet. However, we're including the scores here for future reference.

Based on scores we've seen to date (from different classes of systems, the B750 is firing on all cylinders, though once again, a solid state drive would inevitably boost performance.

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