It’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.
The following screen capture illustrates partial completion of the 2D graphics test.
The following screen capture illustrates a partial view of the System Summary screen.
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.
A list of suggested baselines are illustrated in the following screen shot.
You are not restricted to only the suggested baselines. Additional, more specific baselines, are available by selected criteria.
The developer’s site offers a range of additional charts and graphs CPUs, Video Cards, Hard Drives, etc.
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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