Futuremark today released PCMark 8, which is a popular PC benchmarking tool in the enthusiast community. For the first time in the series, PCMark 8 will combine performance testing with battery life measurement. It looks like Futuremark is embracing the move away from the desktop form factor to mobile. With PCMark 8 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. 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.
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. Whether you are looking for long battery life, maximum power, for the home or at the office, PCMark 8 will help you find the devices that offer the perfect combination of efficiency and performance for your needs.