Benchmarking - How to evaluate the performance of your PC

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Benchmarking - How to evaluate the performance of your PC



Benchmarking - Definition

Evaluate the overall performance of a PC

Serveral websites and softwares allows you to benchmark or evaluate the overall performance of a computer. This can also help you detect potential hardware related issues (overheating, underpowered components...).

Benchmarking softwares


Evaluate the (individual) components of your PC

Here's how to test the performance of each of the components of your computer.

CPU

There are several criteria that may affect the performance of your CPU:
  • Generation (the model) - Example: i7- 4770
  • The frequency - Example: 3.9 Ghz
  • The number of cores and Hyper- threading
  • CPU Cache - Example: 8MB

Several websites and softwares allows you to compare the performance different CPU models.
GeekBench is a software allowing you to benchmark your CPU and RAM module (free for 32bits architecture)

RAM

There are several criteria that may affect the performance of your RAM:
  • Quantity - Example: 2 * 4GB .
  • The frequency - Example: 1600Mhz ..
  • Latency (CAS ) - Example: CL8 ( 8-8-8-21 ) .

A website to benchmark your RAM: http://www.memorybenchmark.net/
  • GeekBench is a software allowing you to benchmark your CPU and RAM module (free for 32bits architecture)
  • Super Pi mod

Video card

There are several criteria that may affect the performance of your Graphics card:
  • The graphics engine (model of the graphics card).
  • The Bus (256 bit ).
  • Memory (quantity and speed).
  • The clock.
  • The Memory frequency.

Test the performace of your GPU online: http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/
Benchmarking softwares:

Hard Drives

There are several criteria that may affect the performance of your hard drives:
  • The transfer rate.
  • Access time
  • Cache (16MB , 32MB , 64MB , etc ...).

Test the performace of your hard drives online: http://www.harddrivebenchmark.net/
Benchmarking softwares:
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