Today Futuremark released their new home PC benchmarking tool PCMark04, the successor of
PCMark2002. This tool is designed to test and compare application-based performance on
PCMark04 support the whole 'Futuremark Benchmark Cycle' allowing you to benchmark your PC,
view the benchmark results, post them online and compare them with others.
PCMark04 test various PC components : CPU, system memory, graphics card, hard disk, etc. So
unlike 3DMark03 which only tests gaming performance this benchmark shows you a more complete
picture of your PC his performance.
x86 compatible processor, 1000MHz
128MB system memory
60MB of hard disk space (and additional 130 MB free space for HDD testing)
DirectX 7 generation graphics adapter that is fully DirectX 7 compliant.
Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP operating system
DirectX9.0 or later
PCMark04 can be downloaded here
Your system needs to be very up to date to be able to run this program. You need Internet
Explorer 6.0, Windows Mediaplayer 9.0, Windows Media Encoder 9 and DirectX9.
The installation screen
How does the benchmark works
The free benchmark only includes the system test, which PCMark04 uses to make an overall
PCMark score. The workload in this benchmark is designed to stress the PC in the same manner
as typical home usage does. The Pro version also includes specific CPU, Memory, Graphics and
HDD test suites (windows XP only) that give individual scores. Here is some information about the