Samsung ATIV Book 6 Notebook Review

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PCMark Benchmarks

Next, we fired up some benchmarks by Futuremark. The company, which is based just outside of Helsinki, Finland, started publishing benchmarks in 1998. Since then, Futuremark has developed benchmarks for testing standard PCs and mobile devices and continues to update its flagship 3DMark gaming benchmark suite (a test we run on the next page) and PCMark.

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.

With a score of 3880, the ATIV Book 6's biggest drawback shows itself. Despite some relatively powerful components, like a Core i7 and Radeon GPU, the 5400RPM hard drive pulls down the ATIV 6's overall score. 

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, and 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--benchmarks your computer's data storage performance.

Because PCMark 8 is so new, we're still building out a database with this test. Compared with the only other machine we've been able to test with PCMark 8 (Toshiba' KIRAbook; our full review is here), the ATIV Book 6 took top honors. That's not too surprising, however, given the more muscular innards that we're dealing with here. Next up are Futuremark's 3DMark tests.

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