PC Mark 7 is a benchmark tool developed by Futuremark, a Finnish sofware company, it includes over 25 workloads sorted into seven seperate tests which give different views of system performance.
The different tests and descriptions of what they do are below:
- The PCMark test measures overall system performance and returns an official PCMark score.
- The Lightweight test measures the capabilities of entry level systems unable to run the full PCMark suite.
- The Entertainment test measures system performance in entertainment, media and gaming scenarios.
- The Creativity test measures performance in typical creativity scenarios involving images and video.
- The Productivity test measures system performance scenarios using the Internet and office applications.
- The Computation test contains workloads that isolate the computation performance of the system.
- The Storage test contains workloads that isolate the performance of the PC’s storage system.
As you can see from the list, the multitude of different tests means it can stress lots of different components in your pc so you get a full breakdown of the performance of your hardware. The results page shows a breakdown of your specification as well as giving you the option of seeing detailed score result with a breakdown per test of your score.
PC Mark 7, has recently been superseded by PC Mark 8 for the Professional and Advanced editions, however the free basic is not yet available but PC Mark 7 can be downloaded from http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/pcmark7