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BAPCo MobileMark 2012: An Application-Based Benchmark for Business Users



What is BAPCo mobilemark 2012.rar and why should you care?




If you are looking for a reliable and objective way to evaluate the performance-qualified battery life of notebook PCs, you might have come across a file named BAPCo mobilemark 2012.rar. This file is a compressed archive that contains the installation files for BAPCo MobileMark 2012, a popular application-based benchmark that reflects the usage patterns of business users in the areas of office productivity, media creation, and media consumption. In this article, we will explain what BAPCo MobileMark 2012 is, how to use it, how to compare it with other benchmarks, and why you should care about it.




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What is BAPCo MobileMark 2012?




BAPCo MobileMark 2012 is a product of Business Applications Performance Corporation (BAPCo), a non-profit consortium of leading computing industry companies. Its mission is to create a set of objective benchmarks for personal computers based on popular computer applications and industry standard operating systems. BAPCo products result from collaborative balancing and integration of technical input from participating members and experts, and reflect their professional judgment. BAPCo benchmarks are relevant and impartial measures for comparing general system behavior in widely used applications.


BAPCo MobileMark 2012 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.


BAPCo MobileMark 2012 features:


  • Support for Windows 7 or Windows 8, 64-bit



  • 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 measures battery life and performance simultaneously.



  • Wireless Connectivity: The Office Productivity scenario sends traffic over the system's 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 Configuration Wizard and the Run Manager greatly simplify the configuration and execution of the benchmark.



  • Improved Reporting: The MobileMark 2012 Report Viewer provides a graphical interface for viewing and comparing results, as well as exporting results to Microsoft Excel.



BAPCo MobileMark 2012 benefits:


  • Provides an objective, easy-to-use tool to evaluate the performance-qualified battery life of notebook PCs across a wide range of activities.



  • Helps IT managers, system integrators, and system designers make informed decisions when purchasing or designing notebook PCs.



  • Helps users understand the tradeoffs between performance and power management, and optimize their systems for their specific needs and preferences.



  • Helps manufacturers and vendors showcase the capabilities and features of their products, and differentiate them from competitors.



  • Helps media and reviewers provide accurate and unbiased information to their audiences, and compare different systems in a fair and consistent manner.



BAPCo MobileMark 2012 measures battery life and performance using three scenarios:


  • Office Productivity: This scenario models a typical day in the office. It includes activities such as creating a document, browsing the web, sending emails, editing photos, and video conferencing. The applications used in this scenario are Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Excel 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft Outlook 2010, Internet Explorer 9, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, WinZip Pro 14.5, Skype 5.0, Windows Media Player 12, and Windows Defender.



  • Media Creation: This scenario models a user who creates media content for personal or professional use. It includes activities such as video editing, music creation, image processing, and file compression. The applications used in this scenario are Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, Adobe After Effects CS5.5, Adobe Audition CS5.5, Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, WinZip Pro 14.5, iTunes 10.4.1.10, QuickTime Player 7.7.1, Windows Media Player 12, and Windows Defender.



  • Media Consumption: This scenario models a user who consumes media content for entertainment or education. It includes activities such as watching videos online or offline, listening to music online or offline, reading eBooks or PDFs, and browsing the web. The applications used in this scenario are Internet Explorer 9, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, iTunes 10.4.1.10, QuickTime Player 7.7.1, Windows Media Player 12, Adobe Reader X (10.1), Amazon Kindle for PC (1.6), and Windows Defender.



How to use BAPCo MobileMark 2012?




To use BAPCo MobileMark 2012 effectively, you need to follow some system requirements and configuration guidelines before installing and running the benchmark.


System Requirements




The minimum system requirements for BAPCo MobileMark 2012 are:


  • A notebook PC with a battery that can be fully charged



  • A processor that supports SSE2 instructions



  • A minimum of 4 GB of RAM



  • A minimum of 30 GB of free disk space



  • A display resolution of at least 1366 x 768 pixels



  • A Wi-Fi adapter that supports IEEE 802.11n standard



  • A DVD-ROM drive or a USB flash drive for installation



  • A Windows operating system that supports .NET Framework 4 (Windows 7 or Windows 8)



Configuration Guidelines




The configuration guidelines for BAPCo MobileMark 2012 are:


  • Disable any power management features that may interfere with the benchmark execution or measurement (such as screen savers, sleep mode, hibernation mode, etc.)



  • Disable any background processes or applications that may consume system resources or affect the benchmark results (such as antivirus software, updates, notifications, etc.)



  • Set the display brightness to at least 150 nits (cd/m2) using an external light meter or the built-in calibration tool in the Configuration Wizard



  • Set the volume level to at least 65 dB using an external sound meter or the built-in calibration tool in the Configuration Wizard



  • Connect the notebook PC to a power outlet and fully charge the battery before running the benchmark



  • Connect the notebook PC to a wireless network with internet access for the Office Productivity scenario (the wireless network should have a minimum bandwidth of 1 Mbps and a maximum latency of 50 ms)



  • Disconnect the notebook PC from the power outlet and start the benchmark within 5 minutes after unplugging



  • Do not touch the keyboard, mouse, or screen during the benchmark execution



  • Do not move the notebook PC or expose it to direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, or other environmental factors that may affect the battery life or performance



Installation and Execution




To install and run BAPCo MobileMark 2012, you need to follow these steps:


  • Download the BAPCo mobilemark 2012.rar file from the official website or a trusted source. The file size is about 4.5 GB.



  • Extract the contents of the file to a folder on your hard drive or a USB flash drive. You should see a folder named MobileMark2012 with several subfolders and files.



  • Run the Setup.exe file in the MobileMark2012 folder. Follow the instructions on the screen to install the benchmark on your system. You may need to restart your system after the installation.



  • Run the Configuration Wizard in the MobileMark2012 folder. This tool will help you configure your system settings, display brightness, volume level, wireless network, and scenario selection for the benchmark. You can also use this tool to calibrate your light meter and sound meter if you have them.



  • Run the Run Manager in the MobileMark2012 folder. This tool will help you start, monitor, and stop the benchmark execution. You can also use this tool to view and export the results.



  • Click on the Start button in the Run Manager to begin the benchmark execution. The benchmark will run until the battery is depleted or until you manually stop it. The benchmark will automatically save the results in a folder named Results in the MobileMark2012 folder.



Interpretation and Comparison




To interpret and compare BAPCo MobileMark 2012 results, you need to understand some key concepts and terms:


  • Battery Life: The time elapsed from when the benchmark starts until when the system shuts down due to low battery level.



  • Battery Life Rating: The normalized battery life score that is calculated by dividing the battery life by a reference value. The reference value is based on an average of battery life results from several systems tested by BAPCo. The battery life rating is expressed as a percentage, where 100% means equal to the reference value, more than 100% means better than the reference value, and less than 100% means worse than the reference value.



  • Performance: The average of performance scores from each application used in the scenario. The performance score is based on how fast an application completes a task or a workload. The performance score is expressed as a percentage, where 100% means equal to a reference value, more than 100% means faster than the reference value, and less than 100% means slower than the reference value.



  • Performance-Qualified Battery Life: The combination of battery life and performance scores that reflects how well a system design addresses the tradeoffs between performance and power management. The performance-qualified battery life score is calculated by multiplying the battery life rating and the performance score. The higher the score, the better the system design.



  • Margin of Error: The range of possible values within which the true value of a measurement lies with a certain level of confidence. The margin of error is expressed as a percentage, where a lower percentage means a higher accuracy and precision. BAPCo MobileMark 2012 results have a margin of error of 3% at a 95% confidence level.



To compare BAPCo MobileMark 2012 results, you need to follow some best practices and guidelines:


  • Compare results from the same scenario and the same version of the benchmark. Different scenarios and versions may have different workloads, applications, settings, and reference values.



  • Compare results from systems that have similar hardware and software specifications. Different components and configurations may affect the battery life and performance of a system.



  • Compare results from systems that have been tested under similar conditions and environments. Different factors such as temperature, humidity, network quality, power source, etc. may affect the battery life and performance of a system.



  • Compare results from multiple runs of the benchmark on each system. A single run may not be representative of the average behavior of a system due to random variations or errors.



  • Compare results using the performance-qualified battery life score, which reflects both battery life and performance. Comparing results using only battery life or only performance may not capture the tradeoffs between performance and power management.



  • Compare results using the margin of error, which reflects the accuracy and precision of the measurement. Comparing results without considering the margin of error may lead to false or misleading conclusions.



Comparison of BAPCo MobileMark 2012 with other benchmarks




BAPCo MobileMark 2012 is not the only benchmark that can measure battery life and performance of notebook PCs. There are other benchmarks that have different approaches, methodologies, features, and limitations. In this section, we will compare BAPCo MobileMark 2012 with some of these benchmarks and highlight their advantages and disadvantages.


BAPCo MobileMark 2007




BAPCo MobileMark 2007 is the previous version of BAPCo MobileMark 2012. It was released in 2007 and supports Windows XP or Windows Vista, 32-bit. It measures battery life and performance using two scenarios: Productivity 2007 and Reader 2007. The Productivity 2007 scenario models office productivity tasks using applications such as Microsoft Office 2003, Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0, WinZip Computing WinZip 10.0, McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.0, Internet Explorer 6.0 SP2, Macromedia Flash Player 8.0, Skype for Business (formerly Lync) 4.1, Windows Media Player 10.0, Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0, Apple iTunes 7.1.1, Adobe Illustrator CS3, Microsoft Project Professional 2003 SP2, Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0, Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 Suite, AutoDesk AutoCAD LT 2007, and Microsoft Outlook 2003 SP2. The Reader 2007 scenario models reading tasks using applications such as Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP2, and Microsoft Word 2003 SP2.


BAPCo MobileMark 2007 advantages:


  • It is compatible with older systems and operating systems that may not support BAPCo MobileMark 2012.



  • It has a lower system requirement and a smaller installation size than BAPCo MobileMark 2012.



  • It has a simpler configuration and execution process than BAPCo MobileMark 2012.



BAPCo MobileMark 2007 disadvantages:


  • It is outdated and does not reflect the current usage patterns and expectations of business users.



  • It uses older versions of applications that may not be representative of the latest features and performance improvements.



  • It does not support 64-bit operating systems or applications, which may limit the scalability and compatibility of the benchmark.



  • It does not support wireless connectivity, screen dimming, or media creation and consumption scenarios, which may reduce the relevance and realism of the benchmark.



  • It has a higher display brightness and a lower volume level than BAPCo MobileMark 2012, which may affect the battery life and performance results.



BAPCo SYSmark 2018




BAPCo SYSmark 2018 is another product of BAPCo that measures the performance of desktop PCs. It was released in 2018 and supports Windows 10, 64-bit. It measures performance using four scenarios: Productivity, Creativity, Responsiveness, and App Startup. The Productivity scenario models office productivity tasks using applications such as Microsoft Office 2016, Google Chrome, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, WinZip Pro 21.5, Skype for Business (formerly Lync) 16.0, McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.8. The Creativity scenario models media creation tasks using applications such as Adobe Photoshop CC (2018), Adobe Illustrator CC (2018), Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2018), Adobe After Effects CC (2018), Adobe Lightroom Classic CC (2018), Adobe Audition CC (2018), WinZip Pro 21.5. The Responsiveness scenario models system responsiveness under various workloads using applications such as Microsoft Office 2016, Google Chrome, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, WinZip Pro 21.5, Skype for Business (formerly Lync) 16.0, McAfee VirusScan Enterprise 8.8, Adobe Photoshop CC (2018), Adobe Illustrator CC (2018), Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2018), Adobe After Effects CC (2018), Adobe Lightroom Classic CC (2018), Adobe Audition CC (2018). The App Startup scenario models application startup times using applications such as Microsoft Office 2016, Google Chrome, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, WinZip Pro 21.5, Skype for Business (formerly Lync) 16.0.


BAPCo SYSmark 2018 advantages:


  • It is up-to-date and reflects the current usage patterns and expectations of desktop PC users.



  • It uses the latest versions of applications that are representative of the latest features and performance improvements.



  • It supports Windows 10 and 64-bit operating systems and applications, which enhance the scalability and compatibility of the benchmark.



  • It measures system responsiveness and application startup times, which are important aspects of user experience.



BAPCo SYSmark 2018 disadvantages:


  • It is not designed to measure battery life or performance-qualified battery life of notebook PCs.



  • It does not support wireless connectivity or media consumption scenarios, which are relevant for notebook PC users.



  • It has a higher system requirement and a larger installation size than BAPCo MobileMark 2012.



  • It has a more complex configuration and execution process than BAPCo MobileMark 2012.



Other Benchmarks




There are also other benchmarks that can measure battery life or performance of notebook PCs, such as PCMark 10, Cinebench, Geekbench, Battery Eater, etc. These benchmarks have different approaches, methodologies, features, and limitations as well. Some of them are synthetic benchmarks that simulate specific workloads or tasks using mathematical calculations or algorithms. Some of them are application-based benchmarks that use real-world applications or scenarios to measure system behavior. Some of them are component-based benchmarks that focus on specific hardware or software components such as CPU, GPU, memory, disk, etc. Some of them are holistic benchmarks that measure the overall system performance or user experience.


Other benchmarks advantages:


  • They may provide more detailed or specialized information about the battery life or performance of a system.



  • They may cover more aspects or dimensions of the battery life or performance of a system.



  • They may have more options or features to customize or optimize the benchmark for different purposes or preferences.



Other benchmarks disadvantages:


  • They may not be relevant or realistic for the usage patterns and expectations of business users.



  • They may not be objective or impartial for comparing different systems or products.



  • They may not be compatible or scalable for different systems or platforms.



  • They may not be easy to use or interpret for non-technical users or decision makers.



Conclusion




In this article, we have explained what BAPCo mobilemark 2012.rar is, how to use it, how to compare it with other benchmarks, and why you should care about it. BAPCo MobileMark 2012 is an application-based benchmark that reflects the usage patterns of business users in the areas of office productivity, media creation, and media consumption. It measures battery life and performance simultaneously, showing how well a system design addresses the tradeoffs between performance and power management. It is an objective, easy-to-use tool to eval


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