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Good free Benchmark programs?

Postposted on Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:15 pm

Subject says it all. Looking for some decent free PC Benchmarking programs. I've got two older laptops that are very similar, trying to figure out which one has the edge. Thanks for the recommendations!
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Re: Good free Benchmark programs?

Postposted on Sun Dec 18, 2011 7:50 pm

It is not free but you get a 30 day trial with it. I use this tool for benching all my stuff.

http://www.passmark.com/products/pt.htm

Great tool. I ended up buying it. Nice thing is, after you by it, you can install it to a jump drive to make it portable!

EDIT: Sorry, 30 day trial. It cost $24.
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Re: Good free Benchmark programs?

Postposted on Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:16 pm

Sorry it has taken so long to prepare a reply. I've recently gone thru the same exercise. You need to decide what you are comparing, in my case it was strictly processor speed. I've read with interest a number of processor reviews. A recent one is Sandy-E, which is fast! Link

Page 14 discusses the STARS Euler3d benchmark. It is a 14 MB zip file download. Running it helped me see how much faster my new processor is compared to what it replaced. Over 120% faster. It also helped me see which of two other Core 2 Duo PCs was faster. This appears obvious from the model numbers (4300 vs 6300). However the 6300 was only 5% faster when I loaded both cores for 20 passes of the benchmark.

My build thread: Link

I started to look at which is faster; running the benchmark on the new processor with hyperthreading vs without. The benchmark numbers say no hyperthreading is faster by approx 7%. Not extensive testing. The system monitor "looks" better with hyperthreading enabled.
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