Futuremark send out an update regarding the Windows 8 compatibility of its benchmarks. The company reports Powermark 1.2.0 is compatible with Windows 8, and that 3DMark 11, 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark06 are compatible with the new operating system after installing Futuremark's new SystemInfo component.
The new 3DMark for Windows 8 will arrive later this year, it will be released as both a desktop and a Metro app. PCMark 7 works with Windows 8 but Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors have performance issues due to an Intel driver issue, and PCMark Vantage will be made compatible in October. Other, older Futuremark benchmarks are incompatible with Windows 8.
Powermark v1.2.0, our battery life benchmark, is compatible with Windows 8 now.
3DMark 11, 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark06 are compatible with Windows 8 when using our latest SystemInfo component. We plan to release updated installers with SystemInfo 4.11 included in October. Until then, these benchmarks will prompt you to install new SystemInfo updates or you can download and install SystemInfo 4.11 yourself from our website.
3DMark for Windows, our new unified gaming benchmark, is currently in development and will be available on Windows 8 as both a desktop and Metro-style app. We expect to release it in 2012.
PCMark 7 is compatible with Windows 8 when using SystemInfo 4.11, however, our testing shows that scores on Intel Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors can be lower than expected due to an Intel driver issue affecting hardware accelerated video encoding. We expect that new Intel drivers will soon fix this issue. We plan to release an update to PCMark 7 with SystemInfo 4.11 included in October.
PCMark Vantage will require an update, also planned for release in October, before it will be compatible with Windows 8.
PCMark05 is designed for testing Windows XP systems and is not compatible with Windows 8. We have no plans to update this version.