Benchmark Your Computer’s Performance Capabilities With PerformanceTest

imageIt’s hard to be in IT and avoid being asked for advice on computers – everything from operating systems – (should I be running Windows 7?); malware – (is the Internet really unsafe?); problems – (what’s wrong with my computer? It’s always…..); and maybe my favorite question – do I need a new computer?

If you’re into the “keeping up with the Joneses” rat race, and I must admit it’s hard not to be, given the conspicuous consumer society we live in, the easy answer to this last one is – yes.

But, wouldn’t it be cool if there was a way to really compare your system, and it’s performance capabilities, with the “Joneses”, or anyone else for that matter – and in the process, answer that nagging “do I need a new computer” question? Well, there is.

You can benchmark your machine using the evaluation version of PerformanceTest – a menu driven benchmarking tool made up of six test suites (twenty-eight standard benchmarking tests), with an additional seven advanced tests available.

Following completion of the benchmarking tests, you will have the opportunity to compare your system’s results against similarly equipped machines, and more.

The version tested here, was the fully functional 30 day trial version.

The user interface is made up of the familiar tabbed based system – simple and easy to follow.

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The following screen capture illustrates partial completion of the 2D graphics test.

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The following screen capture illustrates a partial view of the System Summary screen.

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Following completion of the benchmarking tests, your machine will be assigned a performance rating which you can then use to compare your systems performance against similarly equipped machines. In fact, any machine.

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A list of suggested baselines are illustrated in the following screen shot.

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You are not restricted to only the suggested baselines. Additional, more specific baselines, are available by selected criteria.

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The developer’s site offers a range of additional charts and graphs   CPUs, Video Cards, Hard Drives, etc.

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Fast facts:

Find out if your PC is performing at its best.

Compare the performance of your machine to similar machines.

Measure the effect of configuration changes and upgrades.

Avoid paying big bucks for poor performance.

Make objective independent measurements on which to base your purchasing decision.

Since this application can be run directly from a USB drive you could use it to benchmark a new system you are considering purchasing – if the vendor was onboard with that. Sort of like kicking the tires on a new car.

System requirements: Windows XP, 2003 Server, Vista, 2008 Server and Windows 7. Available for both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms.

Download the 30 day evaluation version at: Passmark.com

Note: To continue using the application past the evaluation period it can be purchased from the developer’s site for US$24.00.

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10 responses to “Benchmark Your Computer’s Performance Capabilities With PerformanceTest

  1. John

    Bill,

    I don’t think my old clunker of a box would even rate on the benchmark rating system. 🙂

    I think I have come to the conclusion that despite my recent reformat that my old box is just not up to it anymore with what I like to have running on it, and that its time for an upgrade. Trouble is I’m torn between wanting to build my own new desktop setup or owning my first ever laptop?

    Cheers,
    John

    • Hey John,

      I definitely hear what you’re saying.

      Here’s an Intel article that might help. Desktop or Laptop? Desktop or Laptop? (Evaluating Your Needs) – Desktop or laptop? Extra-buttered popcorn or reduced sodium? Paper or plastic? Gas guzzling SUV or petite hybrid? Well, at least with the desktop or laptop question, we can provide some form of help.

      Best,

      Bill

      • John

        Bill,

        If I was honest to myself I think I would like both. 🙂

        Cheers,
        John

        • Hi John,

          Yes, that would be the best of both worlds – and justified in your case. Go for it! 🙂

          Best,

          Bill

          • John Bent

            Hi Bill,

            Given my recent experience with failure to start Windows on the PC I would definitely recommend both if John’s budget extends to that. Also a good idea if 2 or more people want to go online at the same time. Can’t imagine going back to just one machine, but that’s just me.

            Good luck John.

            Kind regards
            John

            • Hi John,

              For sure – I couldn’t imagine being restricted to one machine.

              Great advice from the Scottish John, to the Australian John. The power of the Internet – who would have believed it 20 tears ago? Even yet, I still shake my head in wonder!

              Best,

              Bill

  2. John Bent

    Hi Bill,

    Yes the world seems to be getting smaller almost on a daily basis and those of us who are old enough to remember the fax machine and telegrams have been privileged to have lived through an amazing era (also can’t believe it’s 50 years since the Beatles first played the Cavern!).

    I remember reading a book many years ago called “The Mighty Micro”, which looked at the exponential growth of the microchip and attempted to project how things might go in the future. Seemed like the stuff of science fiction at the time.

    Kind regards
    John

  3. Thanks for the review on PerformanceTest, Bill. It looks like a great tool that will really factor into people’s decisions when they’re thinking of switching to a new computer. Using this tool is also a great way to find out if your PC is in the best possible shape and what you can do to optimize it. Are you able to select the computers that you want to compare yours to or does it select them at random?

    • Hey TuneUp,

      That’s a great point. Using this application, in conjunction with TuneUp Utilities 2011 would be a very cool way for a user to maximize system performance.

      The initial set of profile are random (for illustrative purposes), but you can select additional profiles. Hopefully, at least one will be a close match.

      Thanks for dropping in.

      Bill