You've tested your PC's gaming performance with 3DMark so what's next? Benchmark total system performance with PCMark 8, the complete benchmark for Windows. PCMark 8 includes five new benchmark tests. Choose one that best matches your needs, or run all five for a complete picture of your PC's performance.
User reviews: Mixed (12 reviews) - 41% of the 12 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date: Oct 21, 2013

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January 18

PCMark 8 Update Released

This major update accommodates a change in the latest version of Adobe After Effects and provides better support for NVMe SSDs. These changes affect the workloads in the Adobe Applications benchmark and the Storage benchmark. Scores from the new versions of these tests should not be compared with older versions. Home, Creative, and Work scores are not affected.

Adobe Applications benchmark

  • Adobe Applications benchmark has been updated to version 2.0. Scores should not be compared with earlier versions.
  • The After Effects test output has been changed to uncompressed AVI format as the Adobe Creative Cloud version no longer supports compressed Windows Media Video format.
  • Use Compatibility mode to compare scores with historical result data, (also requires an older version of Adobe software that supports Windows Media Video).
Storage benchmark
  • The Storage benchmark has been updated to version 2.0. Scores should not be compared with earlier versions.
  • The tests now provide better support for NVMe drives. Scores from NVMe drives will improve in some cases. The faster the drive, the bigger the difference. Other types of drive are unaffected.
Improved
  • General stability and error handling have been improved.
  • SystemInfo module updated to 4.41 for improved hardware compatibility.
Fixed
  • Video Chat test now works even when there is no audio device in the system.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause PCMark 8 to crash when the SystemInfo module failed.
  • Fixed several issues found on non-English language Windows installations.

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November 12, 2015

PCMark 8 Update Released

Futuremark benchmarks use a component called SystemInfo to identify the hardware in your system. This patch updates SystemInfo to version 4.41.

SystemInfo 4.41
  • Updated CPUID module for improved hardware detection.
  • Updated GPU detection module for improved compatibility with the latest GPUs.
  • Fixed a GPU switching compatibility issue affecting laptops with AMD discrete graphics that could cause a Stop error (blue screen).

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About This Software

You've tested your PC's gaming performance with 3DMark so what's next? Benchmark total system performance with PCMark 8, the complete benchmark for Windows. PCMark 8 includes five new benchmark tests. Choose one that best matches your needs, or run all five for a complete picture of your PC's performance.

PCMark 8, the latest in the series of popular PC benchmarking tools, includes battery life measurement tools and new tests using popular applications from Adobe and Microsoft. Each of the five benchmarks included in PCMark 8 produces a score you can use to compare systems. Or use the detailed results from each workload to gain a deeper understanding of system performance.

  • The industry standard PC benchmark test for Windows 8 and Windows 7.
  • Combines performance testing with new battery life measurement tools.
  • Includes new tests using popular applications from Microsoft and Adobe.
  • Ideal for testing the performance of SSDs and hybrid storage devices.

Five new benchmark tests


Home - Common home computing tests
The PCMark 8 Home benchmark includes workloads that reflect common tasks for a typical home user such as web browsing, writing, gaming, photo editing, and video chat.

Creative - Demanding media and entertainment
The PCMark 8 Creative benchmark includes workloads typical of advanced users and enthusiasts who enjoy media and entertainment content. PCMark 8 Creative includes web browsing, photo editing, video editing, group video chat, media transcoding, and gaming workloads.

Work - Simple office productivity tests
The PCMark 8 Work benchmark test measures your system's ability to perform basic office work tasks, such as writing documents and browsing websites.

Storage - Test SSD and HDD peformance
Use the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a set of popular games.

Applications - Microsoft and Adobe software benchmarks
The PCMark 8 Applications benchmark 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


The Home, Creative, Work and Applications benchmarks can be used for battery life testing. Choose Battery Life mode to loop the benchmark to accurately measure your notebook's battery life under real-world conditions.

Key features


  • Complete performance measurement for your PC.
  • Easy to use, no technical know-how needed.
  • Benchmark with Adobe & Microsoft applications.*
  • Test your SSDs and HDDs with the Storage test.
  • Measure the battery life of your tablet or notebook.
  • Run individual workloads to fine-tune your system.
  • In-depth hardware monitoring graphs.
  • Automatically save your results offline.

*The PCMark 8 Applications test is compatible with Adobe Creative Suite 6, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Microsoft Office 2010 or later. The 3rd party applications must be installed on your system to run the Applications benchmark.

Note that while Windows 10 is in development there may be unforeseeable compatibility problems with some hardware configurations. Windows 10 Technical Preview is not an officially supported OS for Futuremark benchmarks at this time.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1366x768 resolution display
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Internet Explorer 10 required. PCMark Creative test requires graphics hardware that supports all DirectX 11 features. You must have the relevant Adobe and Microsoft applications installed in order to run the PCMark 8 Applications test. PCMark 8 is compatible with Adobe Creative Suite 6, Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office 2010 or later.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1920x1080 resolution display (1080p)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Internet Explorer 10 required. PCMark Creative test requires graphics hardware that supports all DirectX 11 features. You must have the relevant Adobe and Microsoft applications installed in order to run the PCMark 8 Applications test. PCMark 8 is compatible with Adobe Creative Suite 6, Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office 2010 or later.
Helpful customer reviews
204 of 226 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2014
This is quite possibly the bioggest joke I have ever had to uninstall from my pc. It's a complete rip off as it attempts to dumb down every single result as if people building their own PC's aren't capable of consuming "grown up" statistics such as random seek or sequential transfer rate. Oh, no. For that, you have to purchase the "professional" version which costs 995 dollars. This has to be be, bar none, the largest waste of money you could possibly engage in on steam.

Even if your goal is to compare tuning in a specific arena- such as storage or gpu overclocking with the community, YOU CAN'T. You can only compare "gaming scores" or some other version of a generic conglomeration of all scores put together.

COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY- especially if your goal is to tune specific area of your pc as this software does not grant you the insight required to do so. For example, my storage score is 5000. Ok great... that isn't helpful to me if I am attempting to tune my filesystem to large file transfers as it provides no insight into how that score was compiled.

Not recommended.
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42 of 45 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2015
It doesn't show any real metrics or stats like random read speed or files per second, it doesn't let you to find bottlenecks. It only shows abstract conglomerate scores. Totaly useless.
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57 of 82 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2015
DON'T BE FOOLED. Upgrade link from 3D Mark Demo to upgrade to 3D Mark Advanced Edition leads you here! I knew this was a larger more comprehensive product, but the link made me believe that PC Mark 8 included 3D Mark, reinforced by an erroneous link. It DOES NOT!!!! Unless you really want to benchmark your office apps, this is NOT what you are looking for!!!!!

Did not spend a lot of time with the software as it was not what I was looking for. This is definitely not the product I thought it was going to be.
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6 of 16 people (38%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2015
this program just doesn't work. at all.
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7 of 29 people (24%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2015
A recent purchase which I thought was very good. I was after the bench mark for my workstation.
I simply installed it and came back after lunch. As its on steam what could be easier, simply put
quick purchase, quick download followed by run the software. For a guick bench test with no
complex geeky theories , it fits the bill. Not all of us want to sit at pc's for 100's of hours bench
marking and swopping parts. Thumbs up from me tbh.
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