PCMark 8 to be available from June 4

Futuremark just informed us PCMark 8 will be made available on June 4th with Basic Edition, Free, Advanced and Professional Edition. PCMark 8 has tests to include scenarios that any end user would face in today’s day of age and provide detailed results for individual tests and specific workloads. Like the previous PCMark editions, it will help to evaluate the performance of Windows PC.

The benchmark utility will run tests to simulate real-world workloads such as web browsing, Writing, Casual Gaming, Mainstream Gaming Photo Editing, Batch Photo Editing. Video Chat, Video Group Chat, Media To Go, series of storage testing using workload from Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, After Effects, Battlefield 3.

It will also simulate a series of Adobe Creative Suite tests, namely for Photoshop with light and heavy workload presets, Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and After Effects. It will also have a test dedicated with Microsoft Office workload with Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Battery Life testing which will use group tests under Home, Creative, Work and/or Applications benchmarks that will run in loop and measure until the battery power is empty to accurately measure battery life using these real-world test scenarios.

The Advanced Edition will cost $49.95, whereas the Professional Edition will cost $1,450.


The benchmark categories as said by Futuremark are as follows:

Home, Creative, and Work benchmark tests

These three benchmark tests reflect the most common computer usage patterns – light home use, demanding media and entertainment activities, and typical office productivity tasks. Choose the benchmark that best matches the intended audience for the device being tested, or run all three for a complete picture of the device’s performance.

Storage test

PCMark 8 Storage benchmark is ideal for testing the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives. Using traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games, PCMark 8 Storage highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.

New Adobe and Microsoft application tests

One of the most exciting new features in PCMark 8 is the Applications benchmark which measures system performance using popular applications from the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office. You can choose which tests to run based on the applications installed on your system.

Battery life testing

For the first time in the series, PCMark 8 combines performance testing with battery life measurement giving you two ways to judge the capabilities and value of a device. PCMark 8 even supports external instrumentation with 3rd party power measurement equipment.

Hardware BBQ will now include PCMark 8 Professional Edition for testing relevant components.

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