The latest version of one of the most cited benchmarks in the PC space, PCMark, is now available. PCMark 10, which improves upon PCMark 8 in a number of ways, is now up for grabs directly from Futuremark in either its free Basic Edition or the $24 Advanced Edition.
PCMark 10, Futuremark says, is built for Windows 10 and is "faster and easier to use" than its predecessor, PCMark 8. In particular, Futuremark claims improved workloads have cut the main benchmark time in half. The tool can now be run in fewer clicks as well, without the need to choose between accelerated and conventional benchmarking modes.
The Basic and Advanced editions that are launching today carry some slight differences. The Basic Edition is free, but it only comes with the main PCMark 10 test and allows you to save and view results online. The Advanced Edition, on the other hand, includes three different benchmarks types, custom runs, in-depth hardware monitoring graphs, and lets you save results offline. Both editions join the $1,495 PCMark 10 Professional Edition, which launched earlier in June.
If you want to check out PCMark 10, you can grab the Basic and Advanced editions from Futuremark now. The Advanced Edition is also available on Steam, with the Basic Edition hitting that platform later.
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$1495? I thought that was a typo, until I confirmed on their website. And that's a per-year price. Much more of a business-class version, rather than simply Professional. I guess that's useful for benchmarking unreleased hardware.
On steam it shows 29.95 for the basic version.
And? He was talking about the Pro version. O_o
The basic version is free. $29.99 is for advanced, which is all a single user will ever need. The $1.5k is for Enterprise environment where you need to test hundreds of computers before selling or deploying.
If you have purchased 3DMark on Steam, be sure to use the bundle purchase option and get an additional 25% off PCMark 10
But, it's not a UWP app.
I would imagine it needs the kind of access to the system UWP does not allow
Personally I think developers should not be allowed to say something was made for Windows 10 unless it is a UWP app =/ I understand that UWP may not yet have had its APIs built for what PCMark needs access to, but then they just don't use the "Built for Windows 10" phrase. Instead they could make claims like "Created to work best on Windows 10" or something along those lines. Personally, I think "Built for Windows 10" is a tag you earn, like Ryken Productions did with their remake of the MyTube UWP app. I do not think any developer should be allowed to just flaunt that sentence around, as it de-values the perception of the phrase :)
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