How To: Benchmark Your PC without Breaking the Bank

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pageo

HD Tach does not support Win 7.

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max.reader

It seems easier to use the Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT) to obtain a Windows Experience Index (WEI) rating and use this number to evaluate a system.

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PhoneyVirus

After building a new PC you should Benchmark it.

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philippecote3

Very helpful, thank you.

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Cythrawl

"Owners of multicore machines will want to download the .zip version of
Prime95 and extract its contents to a new folder for each core of your
machine. Run the program out of each folder, which will open up one
instance of Prime95 per core. Click “Affinity” on the program’s
advanced menu and set each instance to run on a different CPU core.
Dual-core owners should run a small FFT on one core and a large FFT on
the other; just double that equation if you’re rocking a quad-core PC."

Wrong.....

The latest version of Prime95 does multicore testing. No need to mess around running different instances of it for each core, there is also a 64bit version as well. See here: http://www.mersenne.org/freesoft/

Why overcomplicate things, really?

If you are going to link to this article from your latest magazine, then really update the article.

3DMark 05??? Why not 3DMark 06 or 3DMark Vantage? You have to pay for all three to work at "proper levels"

 

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zsaz1029

Thanks!

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savedtech

Is there a version of Cinebench & HD Tach that works with Vista

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m_gosalvez

hi! great article! but where do you download "Patience"? just kidding! :)

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