This elaborate application determines your PC performance through a battery of benchmark tests, but numerous functionality issues mar its overall performance. The sleek, trouble-free interface promptly displays basic system information, including your CPU and memory specifications. The System Information entails benchmark testing and generates a comprehensive listing of hardware information. PCMark04 differs from similar programs by utilizing third-party applications to aid testing. It is preloaded with a couple of assessments sets to determine hardware efficiency. Unfortunately, users can't select particular tests to perform. For that reason, PCMark04 took quite a while to complete the full battery of tests. During our tests the program repeatedly failed to complete the series of assessments. It instantly aborts whenever it reaches test eight of 10. Despite its freeware status, some features such as CPU, HDD diagnostic, and submission of results for comparison, aren't enabled during trial. Additionally, its 35MB download size will annoy many potential users. All things considered, PCMark04 still makes a decent choice for anyone concerned with monitoring their system's performance. It just won't reach its goal of being the complete diagnostic tool.
What's new in version 1.2
ReleaseNovember 8, 2008
Date AddedMay 14, 2004
Operating SystemsWindows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements1GHz CPU, Windows 2000/XP, DirectX 9.0 drivers, Microsoft Media Player 9, Microsoft Media Encoder 9
PCMark04 is the latest version of the popular PCMark series. This application-based benchmark is a premium tool for measuring overall PC performance. It uses portions of real applications instead of including large applications or using specifically created code. This allows PCMark04 to be a smaller installation as well as to report very accurate results. As far as possible, PCMark04 uses public-domain applications whose source code can freely be examined by any user. The build 120 includes fix for the Grammar Check test on AMD Athlon64 FX-53 processors, updated SystemInfo, and DivX Encoding test modified to prevent a possible cheat.