Futuremark Releases PCMark 8 Professional Edition
Later this month, Futuremark will be releasing PCMark 8 for everyone to enjoy, but because of the hardware releases presently occurring, it decided to get the Professional Edition out to the hardware industry and press.
PCMark 8 is the newest in the PCMark series of benchmarks, which focuses more on overall system performance than on graphics. It supports Windows 7 and Windows 8 and has multiple new features, including application tests and battery life testing for laptops and tablets. Battery life testing loops the selected benchmark until the mobile device's battery drops to 20%, allowing you to determine how long a charge lasts under different scenarios. The application tests will open other pieces of software to run controlled tests on, including some Microsoft Office applications and Adobe Create Suite software.
As a member of the press, I was supplied with a press key and have been exploring the software. You can read about my experiences here: PCMark 8 Review.