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Is Your PC Up to Date? Benchmark it with These Programs!

Is Your PC Up to Date? Benchmark it with These Programs!
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PC Benchmark Software Downloads 2013

Interested in finding out if your machine is up to snuff? Need to stress-test your new hardware or overclocking scheme? Want to find out if your system tweaks are really delivering the results you expected? The easiest way to answer these questions is to benchmark your machine with some of these software tools.

This version updates many of the software tools to their latest versions, removes Dacris benchmark and D3D Gear (due to FRAPS overlap), and includes Maxon's Cinebench and the amusing ALLBenchmark Catzilla.

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    Evolution2001 , August 20, 2012 8:23 PM
    These are primarily intended for benchmarking your SSDs, but they can be used to benchmark any storage subsystem such as conventional HDDs and USB drives/sticks.

    AS-SSD will test your system with a massive chunk of incompressible data.

    Note that you won't want to run this utility a lot on your SSD if it has a SandForce controller, as it hammers the write tables pretty good which can/will decrease the performance. You can read about it in various forums.

    Then there's ATTO Disk Benchmark which will let throw a set of compressible data on your storage subsystem. This is typically more in line with what most people see in daily usage.
    and a link to download (since you need to get it from a 3rd party host) such as MajorGeeks

    ATTO is good for determining if you're actually getting full SATA2 or 3 speeds, and if you are running a RAID, if the system is using it properly.
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    Evolution2001 , August 20, 2012 8:26 PM
    For whatever reasons, the links didn't get included in my last post.

    AS-SSD discussion and download link at the bottom of this page: http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?58059-AS-SSD-Benchmark

    ATTO download: http://majorgeeks.com/ATTO_Disk_Benchmark_d6359.html

    Also meant to state that ATTO is also good for checking USB speeds since USB2 and USB3 devices can vary considerably.
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    jhansonxi , August 20, 2012 10:49 PM
    A good cross-platform benchmarking system with on-line data uploading (for comparison with other people's systems) is Phoronix Test Suite: http://www.phoronix-test-suite.com
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    azbill12 , August 21, 2012 5:25 AM
    Evolution2001= Note that you won't want to run this utility a lot on your SSD if it has a SandForce controller, as it hammers the write tables pretty good which can/will decrease the performance. You can read about it in various forums.

    ==> Why is Toms floating this pcmark (among others) download link like everyone should try it right away? Thanks for pointing this out evo. Toms I love you but what's the deal here please with benchmark software and system stress/degradation?
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    Pailin , August 21, 2012 9:25 AM
    Also be a little careful about your Power Supply when stress testing...

    My Q6600 @ 3.2GHz and 5850 @ stock
    normally pull about 275watts at the wall while gaming

    When running prime95 and Furmark simultaneously it pulled 525watts from my poor 500 watt Seasonic - made it OK though :) 
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    JackNaylorPE , August 22, 2012 3:00 AM
    I have had the freebies and several of the paid for ones but my most used benchmarking tool the last 2 years has been OCCT. CPU tests, GPU test, PSU test, graphed results, timed or looped testing, voltage, temp monitoring, alarms, auto shutdown at set points. Find it most useful when building, tweaking, benchmarking 2 or 3 machines at a time.

    http://www.ocbase.com/
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