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Futuremark Announces PCMark 8

Futuremark has sent us some details about their latest project that they are working on, namely PCMark 8. But what may surprise you are the new tests in the latest version of their popular PC benchmarking tool.

First up is the Battery life testing: For the first time in the series, PCMark 8 will combine performance testing with battery life measurement. You can 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.

New Adobe and Microsoft application tests: 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.

Developed with industry expertise: PCMark 8 has been developed in partnership with the members of a Benchmark Development Program. PCMark BDP members include Acer, AMD, Condusiv Technologies, Dell, HGST, HP, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Samsung, SanDisk, Seagate and Western Digital.

Futuremark 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 their benchmarks are relevant not only for today's hardware, but remain relevant year after year.

The complete benchmark for Windows: Whether you are looking for long battery life, maximum power, for the home or at the office, PCMark 8 is said to help you find the devices that offer the perfect combination of efficiency and performance for your needs.

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 compatible with Windows 8 and Windows 7.

PCMark 8 is in the final stages of development with a public release expected towards the end of Q2. For now, you can find out more about their new PCMark 8 software via this page...

http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/pcmark8

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