Companies operating in the European Union will soon have new performance guidelines when looking for new PCs. The software that will set them and that will be officially adopted by the European Commission will be Futuremark’s PCMark 8 and with time it will de facto become the Union’s standard when it comes to PC performance.
The new measures aim at providing a more balanced viewpoint on the performance of Windows-based computers and this is the reason why PCMark 8 was chosen instead of the more popular gaming-oriented 3DMark benchmark suite. PCMark offers performance results in various categories that include creative workloads, home workloads, office work, application performance and battery life.
The PCMark test suite has been approved by the European Commission Directorate General for Informatics (DIGIT) and will be used to assess the performance of PC equipment prior to purchasing it. The software has already been included in an invitation to tender for the supply of desktop computers that will be used in 20 member states and more than 50 agencies including the European Parliament.
This is not the first time such Futuremark software is used for performance measurements – Futuremark already has similar deals with UGAP in France, the Northern Ireland Civil Service and a government agency in Brazil for tenders that include more than 250 000 computers.