Which benchmark should I use?
The Gamer's Benchmark
3DMark has been the first choice for benchmarks since 1998. The latest version includes everything you need to benchmark your hardware in one app.
3DMark includes a range of benchmarks with each test designed for a specific class of hardware. From purpose built gaming PCs to ultra-light tablets and smart phones, there's a 3DMark benchmark that's ideal for your hardware.
When to use 3DMark
- For benchmarking gaming performance.
- For testing Windows, Android and iOS devices.
- For benchmarking PCs, tablets and smartphones.
- To test DirectX 11, DirectX 10, and DirectX 9.
- To test OpenGL ES 3.1, 3.0 & 2.0 performance.
- To test overclocking performance and stability.
- To burn-in and stress test upgraded components.
The Complete Benchmark
PCMark 8 is the latest version in our series of industry standard PC benchmarking tools. With PCMark 8 you can test the performance of all types of PC, from tablets to desktops.
With five separate benchmark tests plus battery life testing, PCMark 8 helps you find the devices that offer the perfect combination of efficiency and performance.
When to use PCMark 8
- For benchmarking PC performance for office use.
- To benchmark PCs for home and creative use.
- For measuring tablet and notebook battery life.
- For testing SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives.
- To bench with Adobe & Microsoft applications.
- For detailed hardware insights.
- For fine-tuning PC performance.
A Better Benchmark for Android
PCMark for Android introduces a fresh approach to mobile benchmarks. It measures the performance and battery life of the device as a complete unit rather than a set of isolated components. And its tests are based on common, everyday tasks instead of abstract algorithms.
See how well your Android device performs, then compare it with the latest models.
When to use PCMark for Android
- For benchmarking smart phones and tablets.
- For measuring battery life in everyday use.
- To measure web browsing performance.
- For testing video playback, seeking and loading.
- For measuring text handling performance.
- For benchmarking image editing performance.
- To compare your device with the latest models.
Battery Life Testing for Windows
Designed for professional testing labs and other commercial users, Powermark measures the battery life of Windows devices.
Used by more than 500 leading hardware review sites, Powermark delivers accurate results from realistic productivity and entertainment scenarios yet is easy to install and simple to use. Custom settings and command line options are included should you need them.
When to use Powermark
- To test the battery life of Windows devices.
- To use command line benchmark automation.
We've been making benchmarks since 1997, releasing new tests with each new version of Windows and DirectX.
Older benchmarks no longer provide meaningful results with modern hardware. They may not work with current operating systems and online services may have been retired. We recommend using the latest versions of 3DMark and PCMark to test modern hardware.
When to use legacy benchmarks
- For overclocking competitions!
- For fun and nostalgia!
Benchmarks for Windows 10
Our benchmarks are compatible with Windows 10 when using the latest SystemInfo component.
|3DMark 11||Yes, v1.0.132|
|3DMark Vantage||Yes, v1.1.3|
|PCMark 8||Yes, v2.4.304 with issues|
|PCMark 7||Yes, v1.4.0 with issues|
|PCMark Vantage||No, see FAQ for details|
|Powermark||Yes, v1.2.0 or higher|
|Legacy benchmarks||No, not planned|