Know your benchmarks – and what they measure
PC processor workloads are shifting to demand increasing levels of performance. Graphics processing and compute tasks -- from streaming business media, online meetings, crunching and visualizing data, and interacting with embedded media -- rely not just on the CPU but demand robust resources from the GPU for productivity.
Unfortunately, no single benchmark measures all aspects of modern processors. However, some provide a more complete picture.
Industry-standard performance benchmarks generally fall into three categories: Application Tests, Benchmark Software and Specific Single application or function benchmark.
Reliable benchmarks ideally meet the following criteria: unbiased, relevant, involve the entire platform, transparent, and anticipate upcoming technology. Ideally, reliable benchmarking processes are always open to scrutiny.
Characteristics of a Good Benchmark
- Representative of all major platforms and vendors
- Impartial choices of workloads, use-cases and scoring
|Relevant User Experiences|
- Maps well to actual user scenarios
- Leverages popular APIs, workloads and applications
|Full Platform Utilization|
- Does not rest heavily on any one processor or system component
- Matches how developers actually utilize the platform
- Open and well-defined process
- Public disclosure of all relevant details
|Sufficiently Forward-Looking |
- Enables good and lasting purchasing decisions
- Tracks industry hardware and software trends
- Covers leading technologies and new user experiences
PCMark 8 Benchmark: the global standard
PCMark 8 was developed in partnership with over 25 industry leaders including Acer, AMD, Condusiv Technologies, Dell, HGST, HP, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Samsung, SanDisk, Seagate, and Western Digital. It is the standard for not just the industry, but international entities such as the European Commission, France, Northern Ireland, and Brazil. Why? Because PCMark doesn’t simply measure CPU performance, but the total performance of modern processors including CPUs, GPUs and APUs.
PCMark 8, AMD’s preferred performance benchmark:
- Broadly adopted by government agencies, enterprise and technology reviewers
- Measures total performance based on typical workload scenarios, touches all aspects of system behavior that affect user experience
- Leverages industry standards such as OpenCL™
- Easy to use with one-click activation
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