by Rob Williams on June 28, 2005 in Windows
Just released is Futuremarks latest system benchmarking tool, PC Mark 2005. We take a look at what’s new, and tell you what you need to get an uber score.
You are likely wondering when I am going to say anything negative about PC Mark ’05. Well, here we come to the Advanced selection. This is part of the options, where you can manually select which tests you want to run, as a custom suite. This is great for those who want to test specific parts of their computer. For instance, you could have a special run of various tests, to stress various components that you overclocked.
If you look at the picture above, you will notice that it is completely faded out. I was quick to realize that this feature, for whatever reason, is only available in the $200 Professional edition. This edition is meant for businesses, and for those that want to publish their results for commercial uses.
There are a few other options available only in the Professional edition, but they are options normal users don’t need. However, it would have been nice to have this feature enabled for Advanced users as well, considering it was available in the ’04 version.
Unlike 3D Mark, PC Mark is not something most people would sit down to watch. Below is an example of most of the tests, simple progress bars. If you run all the available tests, it will take near 30 minutes to complete.
Now, onto other thoughts and the conclusion.