PCMark 7

PCMark 7 support ends January 14, 2020

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PC Performance Tests for Windows 7

PCMark 7 is a complete PC benchmarking solution for Windows 7 and Windows 8. It includes 7 tests combining more than 25 individual workloads covering storage, computation, image and video manipulation, web browsing and gaming. Specifically designed for the full range of PC hardware from netbooks and tablets to notebooks and desktops, PCMark 7 offers complete Windows PC performance testing for home and business use.

  • Industry standard PC benchmarking for Windows 7 and Windows 8.
  • 7 different tests combining more than 25 targeted workloads.
  • Measure performance for scenarios or at the hardware component level.
  • Ideal for testing the performance of SSDs and other storage devices.

PCMark test

PCMark 7 image manipulation test screenshot

The PCMark test is a complete PC benchmark that measures overall system performance during typical desktop usage across a range of activities such as handling images and video, web browsing and gaming. This is the most important test since it returns the official PCMark score for the system.

Creativity test

PCMark 7 image manipulation test screenshot

The Creativity test contains a collection of workloads to measure the system performance in typical creativity scenarios. Individual workloads include viewing, editing, transcoding and storing photos and videos. At the end of the benchmark your PC is given a Creativity test score.

Entertainment test

PCMark 7 video test screenshot

The Entertainment test measures your PC performance in common entertainment scenarios such as recording, viewing, streaming and transcoding TV shows and movies, importing, organizing and browsing new music and playing games. Some workloads require DirectX 10.

Productivity test

The Productivity test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance in typical productivity scenarios. Individual workloads include loading web pages and using home office applications.

Computation test

The Computation test measures CPU and GPU computation performance without being unduly influenced by the system memory, chipset or storage devices. Some workloads require DirectX 11.

Storage test

The Storage test is a collection of workloads that isolate the performance of your PC's HDD or SSD. You can choose to test other storage devices in addition to the main system drive.

Lightweight test

The Lightweight test is ideal for benchmarking entry-level desktops, tablets and notebooks using the Windows 7 Starter operating systems, or other systems that are unable to run the main PCMark test.

PCMark 7

PCMark 7 support ends January 14, 2020

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Basic Edition

Free download

With PCMark 7 Basic Edition you can run the PCMark test an unlimited number of times. Upgrade to the Advanced Edition to unlock the other tests.

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Advanced Edition

The complete PC benchmark

PCMark 7 Advanced Edition includes all 7 tests and unlimited results storage - everything you need for PC benchmarking in one easy to use application.


Professional Edition

The industry standard

Designed for our business customers, PCMark 7 Professional Edition unlocks all tests and features including command line automation.


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Important note about PCMark 7 v1.4.0

Released March 4, 2013

Benchmark scores are affected by the changes in this update and you should not compare scores from PCMark 7 v1.4.0 with any previous version.

  • Enhanced accuracy in video playback drawn frames measurement.
  • Enable or disable hardware accelerated video transcoding from the help-tab for troubleshooting.
  • The Storage test produces an additional "raw" result with metric idle values excluded from the score calculation.
Release notes

Minimum System requirements

OS: Microsoft Windows 7
Processor 1 GHz, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)
Memory 1 GB (x86) | 2 GB (x64)
Graphics DirectX 9.0c compatible
Hard drive 10 GB free hard disk space

All systems that meet the minimum requirements will be able to get a PCMark score. Internet connection required for some features.

Recommended system requirements

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
Processor 1 GHz, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)
Memory 1 GB (x86) | 2 GB (x64)
Graphics DirectX 11 compatible
Hard drive 10 GB free hard disk space

Some workloads in the Entertainment and Computation tests require more powerful hardware. These workloads are skipped when testing systems with less than the recommended hardware.