Futuremark’s PCMark 8 is the productivity counterpart to the company’s line of gaming-based 3DMark benchmarks. It offers a number of tests to evaluate a system’s overall performance in areas such as office applications, creative media workflows, video chatting, Web browsing, and light 3D gaming. We ran three tests: Home and two Application tests, which comprised scripted workflows based on Microsoft Office 2013 and Adobe Creative Cloud.
The “Home” test looked at common usage areas such as Web browsing, writing, light gaming, photo editing, and video chatting. “Office” ran a series of scripted tasks through Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, including inserting and resizing images, manipulating large blocks of text, and executing calculations inside complicated spreadsheets. Finally, the “Creative Cloud” tests used Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and After Effects and looked at tasks such as image filters and layers, page layout, and video effects and processing. Scores are presented in arbitrary points, with a higher score equating to better performance. VirtualBox could not run the GPU portions of the Home test, and is therefore omitted in that category. Also of note, PCMark 8 automatically runs each test three times, so it was initiated manually only once.
Parallels 10 again takes home a safe victory, scoring higher in the Office and Creative Cloud tests by about 10 percent. The score is much closer in the Home test, but Parallels is still on top by about a 1 percent margin. In the tests that VirtualBox could complete, it falls significantly behind its commercial competitors, by almost 40 percent compared to Parallels 10.