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Whether you want to play the latest first person shooterrngame or perform some hard core data analytics, having the right hardware canrnmake all the difference in the world. That’s where system benchmarking comesrninto play. Benchmarking allows you to quantify your PC’s performance to makernsure it’s up to the task at hand. This article discusses five benchmarkingrntools.
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Traditional benchmarks are included with the program, butrnthe software breaks them down in some creative and useful ways. For example,rnrather than simply having a CPU benchmark function, CPU performance can bernbenchmarked using tests that emulate the way the CPU is used when performingrntasks such as scientific analysis, cryptography, and financial analysis.
SiSoftware Sandra sells for $49.99, but a 75-modulerntrial is available for download.
Passmark PerformanceTest sells for $27.00, but a free trialrnversion is available for download.
The benchmarking tests are related tornprocessor, multimedia, memory, display adapter, hard disk, CD / DVD, andrnnetwork.
Although not directly related to hardware benchmarking, therncoolest thing about Fraps is that it can record video from your games. I havernpersonally been using Fraps for a few years now to make recordings fromrnMicrosoft Flight Simulator X.
Fraps sells for $37.00, but a free trial is available forrndownload.
Even though AIDA64 Extreme is more of arnreporting tool than a benchmarking tool, it does have benchmarking andrndiagnostic tests built in. The benchmarking tests focus on storage, cache,rnmemory, and GPU.
AIDA64 Extreme sells for $39.95, but a free trial version isrnavailable for download.