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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.


Storage
* Windows Defender
* Importing pictures
* Gaming

Video Playback and transcoding
Graphics

* 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.




For the most part, there’s little differentiation in the PCMark 7 scores, although the ASUS board stepped out a tiny bit by being the only board to cap 3900 in Entertainment, without using Intel Smart Response Technology. The ASRock and EVGA boards did outperform the others slightly in PCMarks, but the latter five produced very tightly-clustered scores
Tags:  Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Zotac, evga, Z68, ARock

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