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Test results: PCMark8 (subscores)

On this page you will find the subscores of PCMark 8.

  • Battlefield 3
  • World of Warcraft
  • Photoshop Light
  • Photoshop heavy

The Battlefield 3 trace includes booting Battlefield 3, logging in and loading a save game and starting the relevant level. The trace contains 887 MB of read commands and 28 MB of write commands.

The World of Warcraft trace includes starting the game, logging in and starting a level. The trace contains 390 MB of read commands and 5 MB of write commands. 

This trace includes starting Photoshop, opening 14 images and performing seven or so operations on each of them. The trace contains 313 MB of read commands and 2336 MB of write commands. 

This trace is based on editing a high resolution photo and creating a hi-res poster for printing. The trace contains 468 MB of read commands and 5640 MB of write commands.

  • InDesign
  • After Effects
  • Illustrator

In this trace a publication with a large number of images is made in InDesign. The trace contains 401 MB of read commands and 624 MB of write commands.

In this trace, a previously created video is rendered. The trace contains 311 MB of read commands and 16 MB of write commands.

In this trace, a presentation is made, based on a large number of images created in Photoshop, containing 373 MB of read commands and 89 MB of write commands.

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint

In this trace, a large number of edits are done in a large academic Word file. The trace contains 107 MB of read commands and 95 MB of write commands.

This trace contains work on a very large Excel table. The trace contains 73 MB of read commands and 15 MB of write commands.

This trace contains a number of edits to a large PowerPoint file with lots of images. The trace contains 83 MB of read commands and 21 MB of write commands.


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