PCMark 8 logo - The Complete Benchmark for Windows 8

The Complete Benchmark for Windows

PCMark 8 is the latest version in our series of popular PC benchmarking tools. It is designed to 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. PCMark 8 is the complete PC benchmark for home and business.

  • The industry standard PC benchmark test for Windows 8 and Windows 7.
  • Combines performance testing with new battery life measurement tools.
  • Includes new tests using popular applications from Microsoft and Adobe.
  • Ideal for testing the performance of SSDs and hybrid storage devices.

PCMark 8 v2.0 is here!


We started 2014 with a major update for PCMark 8. This update improved the Home, Creative and Work benchmarks with new tests using popular open source applications for image processing, video editing and spreadsheets. We added a wider variety of workloads to the Work benchmark to better reflect the way PCs are used in enterprise environments. And for Professional Edition users, the Storage benchmark was expanded with two new options that enable specialist analysis of drive performance. Please read the PCMark 8 Technical Guide for detailed descriptions of the new tests and workloads, or refer to the release notes for a complete list of changes in this update.

Scores from the Home, Creative and Work benchmarks in PCMark 8 v2.0 are not comparable with scores from v1.2.157 or other previous versions. You can use the new Compatibility Mode setting in the Advanced and Professional Editions if you need to compare scores with historical benchmark results.

Home test

Common home computing tests


PCMark 8 Home test screenshot

The PCMark 8 Home benchmark includes workloads that reflect common tasks for a typical home user. These workloads have low computational requirements making PCMark 8 Home suitable for testing the performance of low-cost tablets, notebooks and desktops. Home includes workloads for web browsing, writing, gaming, photo editing, and video chat. The results are combined to give a PCMark 8 Home score for your system.

Creative test

Tests for experts and professionals


PCMark 8 Creative test screenshot

The PCMark 8 Creative benchmark includes workloads typical of enthusiasts and professionals who work with media and entertainment content. With more demanding requirements than the Home benchmark, this benchmark is suitable for mid-range computer systems. PCMark 8 Creative includes web browsing, photo editing, video editing, group video chat, media transcoding, and gaming workloads.

Work test

Simple office productivity tests


PCMark 8 Work test screenshot

The PCMark 8 Work benchmark test measures your system's ability to perform basic office work tasks, such as writing documents, browsing websites, creating spreadsheets and using video chat. The Work benchmark is suitable for measuring the performance of typical office PC systems that lack media capabilities. The results from each workload are combined to give an overall PCMark 8 Work score for your system.

Storage test

Advanced and Professional Editions


PCMark 8 Storage test screenshot

Use the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognised storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.

Applications test

Advanced and Professional Editions


PCMark 8 Applications screenshot

The PCMark 8 Applications benchmark measures system performance using popular applications from the Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office. You can choose which tests to run based on the applications installed on your system. Each test automatically steps through a series of actions such as opening, editing and saving a file. The results are used to calculate the PCMark 8 Applications scores for the system.

Battery life testing

Advanced and Professional Editions


PCMark 8 Battery Life screenshot

PCMark 8 improves on previous versions by including new battery life testing tools. The Home, Creative, Work and Applications benchmarks can be used for battery life testing. Choose Battery Life mode to loop the benchmark until the battery is almost empty to accurately measure battery life under real-world conditions. PCMark 8 even supports external instrumentation with 3rd party power measurement equipment.

Designed for Windows 8


Windows 8 benchmark test

PCMark 8 is a complete benchmark for Windows 8 and can be used to test the performance of all kinds of Windows 8 PCs from lightweight tablets and notebooks to high-end desktops. PCMark 8 is also compatible with Windows 7.

Available on Steam


PCMark 8 on Steam

When you buy PCMark 8 from Steam you get easy installation and automatic updates. You can even move your Advanced Edition key between the Steam and the stand-alone version. Please see our Steam FAQ for further details.

Created with industry expertise


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PCMark 8 has been developed in partnership with our Benchmark Development Program members Acer, AMD, Condusiv Technologies, Dell, HGST, HP, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Samsung, SanDisk, Seagate and Western Digital.

PCMark 8

The Complete Benchmark

PCMark 8 Windows benchmark test

Basic Edition

Free download

Start benchmarking your Windows PC today with PCMark 8 Basic Edition.

  • Complete performance measurement for your PC.
  • Includes Home, Creative and Work benchmarks.
  • Test everything from tablets to desktop PCs.
  • Easy to use, no technical know-how needed.
  • Free online account to manage your results.
  • A professional level tool now available for free!

Free download

Steam Click Download Demo on store page.

Latest version 2.0.228 | March 12, 2014

Advanced Edition

The Complete Benchmark

All the tests and tools you need to benchmark your system for power and performance.

  • Benchmark with Adobe & Microsoft applications.*
  • Test your SSDs and HDDs with the Storage test.
  • Measure the battery life of your tablet or notebook.
  • Run individual workloads to fine-tune your system.
  • Get in-depth hardware monitoring graphs.
  • Automatically save your results offline.

$49.95

Buy Advanced Edition from Steam

With Steam you get fast downloads, easy installation and automatic updates. You can move your key freely between the Steam and the stand-alone versions. See our Steam FAQ for details.

Professional Edition

The industry standard

PCMark 8 Professional Edition is designed to meet the needs of business, press and industry customers.

  • Licensed for business use.
  • Command line automation.
  • Additional Storage tests (coming soon)
  • Private offline results option.
  • Export results as XML.
  • Priority customer support.

$1495.00

Buy Professional Edition from Futuremark

A special edition is available for enterprise customers who do not require battery life testing options. Please contact us for details and a quote.


Scores from the Home, Creative and Work benchmarks in PCMark 8 v2.0 are not comparable with scores from v1.2.157 or other previous versions. You can use the new Compatibility Mode setting in the Advanced and Professional Editions if you need to compare scores with historical benchmark results.


Minimum system requirements

OS: Microsoft Windows 7
Processor Dual core processor
Memory 2 GB
Graphics DirectX 9.0c compatible
Display 1366x768 resolution
Storage 30 GB free hard disk space

Internet Explorer 10 required. European users with Windows 8 N Edition will need to install Windows Media Player 12. * You must have the relevant Adobe and Microsoft applications installed in order to run the PCMark 8 Applications test. PCMark 8 is compatible with Adobe Creative Suite 6, Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office 2010 or later. Internet connection required for some features.

Recommended system requirements

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8
Processor Dual core processor
Memory 2 GB
Graphics DirectX 11 compatible
Display 1920x1080 resolution
Storage 30 GB free hard disk space

PCMark Creative test requires graphics hardware that supports all DirectX 11 features.

PCMark 8 for business use

PCMark 8 Professional Edition is the only edition licensed for business use. For details of our site licensing program please contact us.

PCMark 8 for press

Please contact us for special licensing terms.

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Latest version: PCMark 8 v2.0.228