MobileMark® 2012 v1.5 is the latest version of the premier performance-qualified battery life metric based on real world applications. MobileMark® 2012 v1.5 supports 64-bit versions of Windows© 7 and Windows© 8. MobileMark 2012 v1.5 provides commercial and government IT decision makers, retailers, media, channel buyers, consultants, component designers, hardware designers, and manufacturers an objective, easy-to-use tool to evaluate the performance-qualified battery life of notebook PCs across the wide range of activities that a user may encounter.
MobileMark 2012 v1.5 is an application-based benchmark that reflects usage patterns of business users in the areas of office productivity, media creation and media consumption. Unlike benchmarks that only measure battery life, MobileMark 2012 measures battery life and performance simultaneously, showing how well a system design addresses the inherent tradeoffs between performance and power management.
The new version features numerous new real world applications, updated workloads and integrated wireless connectivity. It also features a new built-in system configuration tool to simplify setup and a revamped heads-up display that shows projected battery life, projected performance and test status. Unlike synthetic benchmarks, which artificially drive components to peak capacity or attempt to deduce performance using a static simulation of application behavior, MobileMark 2012 uses real applications, user workloads and data sets in an effort to more closely reflect the battery life a user might expect when performing similar workloads.
For these reasons and more, MobileMark is the defacto standard for PC OEMs, hardware and software developers, IT departments, system integrators, publishers and testing labs as well as information technologists and computer industry analysts. MobileMark 2012 builds upon BAPCo’s 20-year history of building benchmarks to evaluate platform technologies.
Benchmarks designed by BAPCo are the result of cooperative development between companies representing the breadth of the computing industry. They harness a consortium of knowledge to better reflect the computing trends of today and tomorrow. Go to the MobileMark 2012 support section and download the product whitepaper to learn more about MobileMark 2012.
MobileMark® 2012 v1.5 features: Support for Windows 8 Application based benchmarking: Reflects usage patterns of business users in the areas of office productivity and media creation, featuring 15 real world and 64-bit native versions (where available) of applications such as Microsoft® Office 2010. Unlike synthetic benchmarks, application benchmarking does not artificially drive components to peak capacity or attempt to deduce performance using a static simulation of application behavior.
Battery life and performance: MobileMark 2012 1.5 measures battery life and performance simultaneously.
Wireless connectivity: The Office Productivity scenario sends traffic over the systems Wi-Fi adapter.
Screen brightness: Higher display brightness than MobileMark® 2007, as well as support for screen dimming during periods of user inactivity.
Easy-to-use evaluation tool: Provides commercial and government IT decision makers, retailers, media, channel buyers, consultants, component designers, hardware designers, and manufacturers an objective, easy-to-use tool to evaluate the performance-qualified battery life of notebook PCs across a wide range of activities.
New workloads: Updated user workloads and data sets to more closely reflect user expectations of battery life.
Simplified configuration and execution: Integrated features such as the system configuration tool, and the heads-up display, make setting up the test and monitoring its status easier than ever.
Better reporting: Exportable, easy to read PDF format full disclosure reports (FDR) include battery health and charge level plotting.
Collaborative development: BAPCo benchmarks are the result of cooperative development between companies representing the breadth of the computing industry.
MobileMark 2012 v1.5 installs and/or uses the following applications.
ABBYY® FineReader Pro 11
Adobe® Acrobat® Pro X
Adobe® Flash® player 11
Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 Extended 12.04
Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 10
Adobe® Premiere® Pro CS 5.5
CyberLink PowerDVD Ultra 11
Microsoft® Excel® 2010 SP1
Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 9 (or newer if already installed)
Microsoft® Outlook® 2010 SP1
Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2010 SP1
Mozilla® Firefox® 14.0.1
Winzip® Pro 16
MobileMark 2012 v1.5 installs and/or uses the following applications.
OS: Windows 7 or Windows 8, 64bit
CPU: 1.3GHz dual core processor or higher
RAM: 3GB system RAM
Free space: At least 30gb free space on the primary storage device
Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible graphics adapter
Resolution: 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution
Optional Blu-ray reader: Required only for Blu-ray playback scenario
Wireless router: (required for Office Productivity and Media Creation & Consumption scenarios) BAPCo has tested and recommends the following wireless router models for use when running the Office Productivity or Media Creation & Consumption scenarios:
Netgear N900 Wireless Dual-Band Gigabit Router (WNDRD4500)
Linksys E3200 High-Performance Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless N Router
Do MobileMark® 2012 installations expire after a certain period?
Yes. Some applications packaged with the benchmark suite, such as Microsoft® Office® 2010 SP1, will expire 30 days after installation. Once the applications have expired, the disk containing the MobileMark® 2012 installation must be re-imaged with a new copy of the operating system, and a new instance of MobileMark® 2012 must be installed.
Does MobileMark® 2012 support installation on partitions other than the C:\ driver?
No. MobileMark® 2012 must be installed on and run from the C:\ drive and the user account installing the benchmark must have administrator rights on the target system. In addition, MobileMark® 2012 tests must be executed from the same account that was used to install the benchmark
Can the test system be connected to the Internet?
Test systems with MobileMark® 2012 installed should not be connected to the Internet. Some applications installed as part of MobileMark® 2012 may be deactivated and cause the benchmark to fail if an Internet connection is detected. These applications include:
• Adobe® Acrobat® Pro X
• Adobe® Photoshop® CS5 Extended
• Adobe® Premiere® Pro CS5
Does MobileMark® 2012 support installation from external USB devices?
Yes. MobileMark® 2012 can be installed from external media such as USB disk or memory keys. Follow the steps below to install from external media. At least 20GB of free space is required.
1. Create a new folder on the target USB media. Example folder name "MM2012"
2. Create a folder for the contents of DVD1 inside the "MM2012" folder created in step 1. Example folder name "MM2012\Disc1"
3. Create a folder for the contents of DVD2 inside the "MM2012" folder created in step 1. Example folder name "MM2012\Disc2"
4. Copy the contents of DVD1 into "MM2012\Disc1" folder
5. Copy the contents of DVD2 into "MM2012\Disc2" folder
6. Copy the individual files Autorun.inf, BAPCo.ico, and MobileMark2012_Setup.exe from DVD1 into folder "MM2012\Disc1"
7. Copy files individual files Autorun.inf, BAPCo.ico, from DVD2 into folder "MM2012\Disc2"
8. Folder "MM2012\Disc1" should contain folders: Apps, Data, Help, and Setup, and individual files: Autorun.inf, BAPCo.ico, and MobileMark2012_Setup.exe
9. Folder "MM2012\Disc2" should contain folders: Apps2, Data2, and Setup2, and individual files: Autorun.inf, BAPCo.ico
10. Install the benchmark by launching MobileMark2012_Setup.exe from folder "MM2012\Disc1"
Why does MobileMark® 2012 sometimes report lower scores on the first iteration of a multiple iteration project?
Microsoft Windows operating system attempts to boost performance by caching and pre-fetching data whenever it can. Scores may be lower on the first iteration as MobileMark® is running while Windows caching and pre-fetching is in progress.
What is the purpose of the Conditioning Run?
The Conditioning Run provides the opportunity for the system to take advantage of built in OS performance optimizations that may help improve scores. If selected, the Conditioning Run iteration will be executed at the beginning of a project. Typically, the Conditioning Run will be executed on AC power. When one iteration of the selected scenario has been successfully completed, the MobileMark 2012 will prompt the user to unplug the system. Once the system is unplugged, MobileMark 2012 will continue to execute the selected scenario until the system battery is completely discharged. Results from the Conditioning Run are not included in the project performance or battery life scoring.
What happens if the Conditioning Run is executed on DC (battery power)?
In cases where the Conditioning Run is executed on DC (battery power), the selected iteration will be run one time. Upon completion of the Conditioning Run iteration, MobileMark 2012 will pause the test to check if the system is plugged in or running on battery power. If the system is on battery power, MobileMark 2012 will continue to execute the chosen scenario until the system's remaining battery charge is exhausted. However, the system will only report battery life and performance qualification scores if the remaining charge in the battery is sufficient to complete one iteration of the scenario. Results from the Conditioning Run will not be included in either the performance qualification or battery life scores.
Why did ABBYY® FineReader Pro fail to install?
The MobileMark® 2012 installer will fail to install ABBYY® FineReader Pro if the account name used to install the benchmark contains an apostrophe. To resolve this issue, create a new administrator account which does not contain apostrophes in the account name.
Which operating system languages does MobileMark® 2012 support?
MobileMark® 2012 supports installation on US English, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Russian. The operating system's Regional Language settings must be set to US English. Additional languages may be supported in future updates. Check the MobileMark® 2012 FAQ online for the latest information.
How long does MobileMark® 2012 installation take?
Installation time for MobileMark® 2012 takes approximately 1.5 hours. Installation time may vary based on the target system configuration.
How long does it take to complete one full iteration of MobileMark® 2012?
MobileMark® 2012 run time will vary according to factors such as battery design capacity, battery charge level at the start of the test, test system configuration, and the selected scenario.
What is the workaround for the 'Clock error detected' message?
Be sure that the system under test is set to the correct date and time to avoid the 'Clock error detected' message.
Which compiler does BAPCo use to compile benchmarks?
Applications within BAPCo benchmarks are not compiled by BAPCo, but by the original application vendors. All other components within BAPCo benchmarks are compiled using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 or 2010 (with default options).
What is the workaround for the "Acrobat® There is no disk in the drive" error?
This issue typically manifests itself on certain machines with special drive hidden partitions installed by OEMs on their branded machines. One can work around this issue by deleting the special hidden partition installed on the drive(s) and re-running MobileMark® 2012.
Does MobileMark 2012 support Windows 7 'N'?
MobileMark 2012 will support Windows 7 'N' versions provided that the test image has Windows Media Player version 12 installed.
Why does IE9 crash when playing Flash content?
Internet Explorer 9 may crash when playing Flash content on systems equipped with NVIDIA Optimus graphics. Workaround this issue by going to the NVIDIA graphics control panel and set "Preferred graphics processor" to "Integrated graphics" for IE9.
Why did the wireless network connection fail during the Office Productivity test?
If the wireless connection fails during the Office Productivity test try the following:
• When setting up the connection profile for the wireless network, be sure the 'Connect Automatically' option is checked
• Reduce the number of clients connected to the router during the Office Productivity
• As a last resort, try resetting the router to factory defaults
Which wireless routers are recommended for use with MobileMark 2012?
The following wireless routers are recommended for use with MobileMark 2012:
• Netgear N900 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router (WNDR4500)
• Linksys E3200 High-Performance Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router
Is Windows 8 activation required for running MobileMark 2012 (Applies to version 1.5 or higher)?
Windows 8 is designed to prompt the user for activation every 3 hours. The activation prompt may interfere with MobileMark 2012 tests. There are three ways to prevent this interference:
• Activate the Windows 8 installation using a retail license key.
• Activate the Windows 8 installation using a Key Management Server. Note, this option is only available for Windows 8 Enterprise edition
• Enable Windows 8 Test Mode
o Launch the “regedit” application
o Navigate to the key “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control.”
o Create a new key with name “7503491f-4a39-4f84-b231-8aca3e203b94”
What is the workaround for the “Outlook experienced a serious problem with the ‘atheros outlook addin 2010’ add-in error message”?
Some systems equipped with Atheros BlueTooth modules may experience issues as the Atheros Outlook add-in can disrupt the automation of MobileMark 2012 testing. Please remove the Atheros add-in prior to installing MobileMark 2012. Note that issues may still occur if the add-in has not been fully removed. If such a failure occurs, click ‘Yes’ to disable the add-in when prompted, then restart the MobileMark 2012 test.
What is the correct DPI scaling setting for MobileMark 2012?
MobileMark 2012 should be run with DPI scaling set to 100%. Setting the DPI scaling value to something other than 100% may cause the test to fail. The Configuration tool now includes an option to automate setting the DPI scaling value to 100%