PCMark 10 is the only benchmark that will be available in the free Basic Edition, and thus, it will be the most important one to readers today. We see that it expands on the PCMark 10 Express benchmark by adding a third test group on digital content creation (DCC), which is definitely very appropriate to a good number of enthusiasts today. The Essentials and Productivity groups remain the same, so we will not cover them again here. As before, the background in the screenshots below are from PCMark 10 Extended, but that is the only difference from when these are run as part of the PCMark 10 benchmark.
GIMP is the application of choice here, and I will admit to not having used it as often as I should. It is an extremely flexible program for photo editing, and I am glad to see it getting more coverage. The photo editing test involves an interactive scenario and a batch scenario. The former loads a reference image and applies some commonly used edits via sliders - brightness, contrast, unsharp mask, saturation, wavelet denoise, save as JPG, save as PNG, etc. The batch scenario loads multiple thumbnail images into a preview matrix and applies some batch edits to all of them. The test score is as always quantified in terms of time taken.
Video EditingThis test uses a lot of the same subroutines as PCMark 8's Video Editing and Media To Go tests. Similar to the video conference test in the productivity group, Windows Media Foundation is used in OpenCL mode. You will not actually see something running here, which is unlike previous tests, but a score is generated from processes ongoing in the test engine. The test loads a source H.264 1080p video and applies some commonly used edits, including sharpening and deshaking. You do need a compatible CPU for this test. While not something I do personally, I do enjoy the fruits of a video editor's labors when watching videos online, and I am thus confident this will remain an extremely valid test.
Rendering and Visualization
This test caters to professionals and hobbyists alike who have their time consumed by 3D design, modeling, simulations, and, as the test suggests, visualization. There are two scenarios here - a 3D model visualization and a simulation. The build engine of Futuremark's own 3DMark Sling Shot is used, but involves ray tracing using the POV-RAY benchmark.
The eight test routines in the three test groups have an individual score each, and the test group scores are calculated as described in the technical guide. The PCMark 10 score is thus calculated as: Score = K * geomean (Se,Sp,Sd) where K= 0.717 (which scales the score to 5000 on the reference PC); Se = Essentials group score; Sp = Productivity group score; Sd = DCC group score.