You spent a lot of money to get yourself a new computer, and you are very excited about it. You feel that it works quite smoothly and quickly. But have you ever wondered how much faster your new PC is compared to other computers on the market? Maybe you feel that it is not as fast as you expected, so how do you know why and what is going on?
In this case you need a benchmark tool to help you better understand your device. Here are a set of six great tools to check out! Most of them are free or have a free version with limited features.
Geenbench, developed by Primate Labs, is a cross-platform benchmark tool that provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and accurately measure process (CPU) and memory performance. It provides a very simple user interface with one-click benchmark feature that starts benchmarking process with the same way, same tests, and same parameters as every other people using the same tool.
The test result will be saved as a html file stored on Geekbench server.
Geekbench is a very powerful benchmark tool but unfortunately the free version only benchmarks the machine with 32-bit parameters. 64-bit benchmarking is included in the full version, which costs $12.99 at least.
BootRacer is a handy tool that specifically measures the Windows system boot time, which includes the time it takes to go to the login screen and the time it takes to load the desktop. After installing BootRacer will test the system boot time each time the machine restarts.
BootRacer is free for non-commercial use, but costs $19.95USD when used in business environment.
PCMark 7 is a powerful PC performance analysis tool designed specifically for a wide range of form factors, including netbooks, laptops, tablets and desktop PCs. It provides complete PC performance tests that combine more than 25 workload tests that cover storage, computing, image and video manipulation, web browsing, and games.
The Basic Edition is free of charge with the core PCMark test included. But it also exists in Advanced and Professional editions which include much more features with a price tag at $39.95 and $995US, respectively.
Cinebench, developed by Maxon, is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s CPU and GPU performance capabilities. This is an ideal tool if you are only interested in how your processor and graphics processor work on your computer. And it is completely free.
SiSoftware Sandra Suite is another powerful Windows performance analysis that provides a complete set of testing tools. It includes benchmarking, testing and listing modules. You can get information about the processor, chipset, graphics processor, ports, printers, sound cards, memory, network, etc. Besides Windows, it supports the Android platform. The Lite version is completely free with the restriction that you can run the tool only in a workgroup environment, which is sufficient for most home users.
PassMark PerformanceTest is a fast and easy-to-use utility for testing PC speeds with a nice user interface. Unfortunately, it is a paid utility that offers only a 30-day free trial. After 30 days, you will have to purchase a license to remove the license term in order to be able to use this app.