PCMark gets new tests later this month

Posted on Tuesday, May 14 2019 @ 09:20 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
UL Benchmarks announced two new tests will be added to PCMark on May 27:
A new approach to battery life benchmarking
Battery life is one of the most important factors for choosing a laptop for business use, but IT managers find it hard to compare systems fairly.

The challenge, of course, is that battery life depends on how the device is used. Unfortunately, manufacturers' claims are often based on unrealistic scenarios that don't reflect typical use. Figures for practical, day-to-day battery life, which are usually much lower, are rarely available.

We're introducing a new approach to battery life benchmarking — the PCMark 10 Battery Life Profile. Instead of producing a single number, the PCMark 10 Battery Life Profile provides a broad view of battery life across a range of common scenarios.

  • The Modern Office scenario measures battery life for typical work activities such as writing, web browsing, and video conferencing.
  • The Applications scenario measures battery life for work tasks using Microsoft Office applications.
  • The Video scenario measures battery life by playing a video continuously in full screen mode until the battery is empty.
  • The Gaming scenario is a constant, heavy load that rapidly drains the battery to find the lower limit of the battery life profile.
  • The Idle scenario measures battery life for the inactive time between tasks to produce the upper limit of the battery life profile.

    Comparing the battery life profiles of different notebooks and laptops will give you a much better understanding of each device's relative strengths. Battery life profiles will also help your readers find the devices that best meet their own personal needs.

    Performance testing with Microsoft Office applications
    Enterprise procurement managers and government IT buyers often like to test and compare PC performance with the work apps they use everyday.

    The PCMark 10 Applications benchmark is a new test that is based on Microsoft Office applications. Featuring tests that run in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Edge, the PCMark 10 Applications benchmark helps you measure practical, real-world performance for the modern office.

    You can also test the latest Snapdragon-powered Always Connected PCs running Windows 10 on Arm, with results that are comparable with scores from traditional x86-based devices.

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    Thomas De Maesschalck

    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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