Release date: 12.03.2002
A year later the release of 3DMark2001 MadOnion.com has released its "absolutely new benchmark" - PCMark2002! The release was rather unexpected: most of all everybody wanted the company to release the next version of its most popular product - 3DMark. But after the first announcement (made 3 days before the actual release) everyone was trying to guess the main purpose of the forthcoming program. And, of course, there were correct suppositions.
Now, when PCMark2002 is released, let's look at it and see if it will get as much popularity as 3DMark.
According to MadOnion.com, PCMark2002 measures generic PC performance in home and office use. Unlike other similar programs (e.g. eTestingLabs' benchmarks), PCMark2002 does not include whole applications for measuring the performance but rather measures computer performance on a lower level. As a result, the program is relatively small - just 8.8 Mb. So downloading won't take long.
Altogether, PCMark2002 includes 56 tests (in the Professional version - see below)! There's no need to list all of them. But in general, PCMark2002 tests the following:
Besides, PCMark2002 also includes the System Information module. It gives rather detailed and comprehensive information.
When you open PCMark2002 you're greeted by a fading logo - traditional for all MadOnion.com's products. The first screen and the interface on the whole are very similar to the ones in 3DMark. In other words, they're intuitively obvious. As always, you can select a set of tests to be run, change test options, save results or submit them to the Online Result Browser, not to mention the buttons for starting the Benchmark, System Info or the Battery Test.
PCMark2002 ships in three versions: downloadable Free version, small fee Registered version, and the fully featured Pro version. Let's look at their differences:
Minimum system requirements are as follows:
ConclusionAs to the subjective impressions, PCMark2002 has proved itself very good. It didn't crash, didn't cause any errors. All the tests ran quite smoothly, the System Information module gave pretty accurate information.
I was a little disappointed by the funtionality of the Free version. The happy medium here is the Registered version.
A MadOnion.com Product is a synonym for quality! PCMark2002 is not an exception. It is highly recommended for everybody!
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