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Microsoft Surface Laptop: PCMark And 3DMark Performance

Futuremark benchmarks have been the go-to system tests since the late ‘90s. We ran the Microsoft Surface Laptop through PCMark 8 v2 and PCMark 10, which are testing suites designed to gauge the system performance in everyday use scenarios with GPU acceleration-enabled, while 3DMark tests its gaming chops.

PCMark 8 & 3DMark Benchmarks
Productivity, System-Level and 3D Benchmarking

We run PCMark 8 through the accelerated Home, Work and Storage workloads. The detailed testing suite covers the entire gamut of what notebooks are typically used for.

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PCMark 8 reveals the Surface Laptop’s Toshiba TLC SSD doesn't hold its performance back in daily use scenarios much. The Surface Laptop finishes about in the middle of the pack here.
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The Surface Laptop didn't fare quite so well in the newer PCMark 10 suite. Here, the machine trails the pack overall and can't quite keep pace with the quad-core machines in the more heavily threaded Content Creation and Productivity tests.

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3DMark doesn’t reveal anything we didn’t expect. While Intel HD Graphics has improved substantially in the last decade, its still no match for a dedicated low-end GPU, like the GeForce 940MX or MX150, when it comes to raw 3D performance. The Surface Laptop won’t deliver an amazing experience in the latest AAA-titles, but it has plenty of power to run indies like Stardew Valley and Party Hard without breaking a sweat.

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