benchmarks

The Differences Between Synthetic, Real World And Hybrid Benchmarks

Determining how much processing power a computer offers is a lot more complicated than it used to be. Nowadays multiple benchmark tests are used to determine the power of your machines — this video shows the differences between the three most common types of tests out there.


The Android Benchmarks You Can Actually Trust

We all know companies try to present benchmarks that show their gadgets in the best light possible, but you can only fudge the numbers so much before they graduate from mere flattery to flat-out lies. Anandtech decided to take a look at Android benchmark claims and found out most were way off.


Myth Vs Fact: How Much Can Free Windows Tweaks Improve Gaming Performance?

So you’ve picked up a new video game, but playing it is like dancing under a strobe light. The graphics look awful, your character moves slowly, and too much on-screen action brings the game to a halt. Here’s how some of the most popular gaming tweaks actually rank at improving that performance.


Auslogics BenchTown Compares Your Windows Systems With Others

Windows: Auslogics BenchTown is a simple and free benchmarking tool that tests your system’s hardware and gives you a rating score that you can compare with others.


Namebench Helps You Find The Fastest DNS Server For Your Computer

Windows/Mac/Linux: Last week Google announced a free DNS service designed to speed up your browsing, but just because Google wants to be fast doesn’t actually mean they’re the best option for you. Namebench finds the fastest DNS server for your connection.


Windows 7 Beats Vista In Benchmark Test

ZDNet’s Hardware 2.0 blogger stacks an early beta build of Windows 7 against 32-bit Vista (and an SP1 upgrade) on the same hardware. In three out of four tests, even a non-optimised Windows 7 trumps Vista. As Adrian Kingsley-Hughes points out, it’s just one system’s benchmarks on test that, for the most part, throw a range of apps at a system and see how they fare. But given that Windows 7 will likely be optimised a bit for final release, it’s promising to see it beat Vista’s speeds in all but one rendering-related test—and even that one was close. [via]


PC Wizard Analyses and Benchmarks Your PC

Windows only: Free application PC Wizard is a portable tool that analyzes and benchmarks your PC. At its most basic, PC Wizard gives you an in-depth look at your hardware and system specs. But the app has a surprisingly rich feature set beyond that, including a password recovery tool for apps like Outlook in the System Information tool and a slew of cool benchmarking tools. The benchmarks measure everything from your processor and RAM to hard drive performance and even MP3 compression speeds. As a cherry on top, PC Wizard is available in a portable version you can carry on your thumb drive. PC Wizard is freeware, Windows only. PC Wizard [via Download Squad]


Hackintosh vs. Mac Pro vs. MacBook Pro Benchmarks

On Tuesday I detailed how how I built a Hackintosh Mac from start to finish on the cheap, but one obvious question remained unanswered: How does my Hackintosh stack up to the Apple-built competition? To find out, I put my Hackintosh, a Mac Pro, and a MacBook Pro through the paces. Here’s what I learned.