Futuremark, a leading developer of popular PC hardware benchmarks, on Monday announced its new PCMark 8 benchmark that will measure not only performance, but also power consumption and battery life. PCMark 8 will help to find the devices that offer the perfect combination of efficiency and performance for PC users’ needs.
For the first time in the series, PCMark 8 will combine performance testing with battery life measurement. Users will be able to estimate battery use from each benchmark test or use battery life mode to loop a test until the battery is almost empty for more accurate results.
PCMark benchmark tests are based on common use scenarios such as browsing the web, photo editing, video chat, writing and gaming. PCMark 8 takes this one step further by including additional benchmark tests based on popular productivity and creativity applications from Adobe and Microsoft.
PCMark 8 has been developed in partnership with the members of benchmark development program. PCMark BDP members include Acer, AMD, Condusiv Technologies, Dell, HGST, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Nvidia, Samsung, SanDisk, Seagate and Western Digital.
“We believe that this open process of close cooperation with industry experts is the only way to create accurate and impartial benchmarks that measure performance fairly. Having high-level access to the industry's leaders also ensures that our benchmarks are not only relevant for today's hardware, but remain relevant year after year,” a statement by Futuremark reads.
PCMark 8 will be available in several editions ranging from a free to download Basic Edition to a fully-featured Professional Edition designed for device manufacturers, businesses and the press.
PCMark 8 is in the final stages of development with a public release expected towards the end of Q2.