One day I got the bright idea to benchmark the living crap out of everything I could find. What resulted was a huge Excel sheet of CPU performance results. Then Intel released the X25-M and I realized that I would have much more repeatable and reliable numbers if I used SSDs (don't have to worry about defragging between runs), at which point I re-ran everything in the Excel sheet.

To make a long story short, we launched a feature called Bench. It's a comparison tool that lets you pit products against one another using our own internal test results. If you want to find out whether the Core i5 750 will be a significant upgrade from your Core 2 Quad Q6600 you can head over to Bench and find out. We have over 100 CPUs in Bench today across over 20 benchmarks. CPUs are being added all the time as they come out and we're constantly evaluating new benchmarks to introduce as well.

When I'm not testing CPUs, working with Brian on smartphones or playing with Mac gear, I'm knee deep in SSDs. I've been itching to write a follow-on to the SSD Relapse, however not enough has changed just yet. Plus with all that's happening in the other segments I cover directly, it's easier for me to focus on shorter SSD articles. Adding SSD performance data to Bench was an obvious next step, which I made not too long ago.

You all have been asking for three things when it comes to Bench fairly consistently. You want the ability to have all benchmarks sorted the same way (e.g. higher is better), the ability to compare more than two products and you want a GPU version of Bench. Today I'm happy to announce that the first version of GPU Bench is live.

We've tweaked the landing page for Bench a bit to let you access CPU, SSD and GPU Bench data even easier. As is the case with CPU and SSD Bench, as new cards get released we'll be expanding the GPU Bench database to include them. At present we go back as far as the GeForce 8800 GT and Radeon HD 3870 (at 1680 x 1050).

I hope you enjoy the addition and expect more Bench features to surface as the year goes on. As always, thanks for reading :)

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  • Loki726 - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    Hi Anand,

    I noticed that the CPU bench lists the system configuration used for each test (including driver versions/CPU/GPU/etc) but this seems to be missing from the GPU bench. I am trying to determine the affect that CPUs have on game performance and it is a little hard without a baseline. Would it be possible to add something similar to GPU bench?

    Great addition though, keep the results coming!
    Reply
  • gaidin123 - Saturday, August 14, 2010 - link

    I second this. The GPU bench is massively appreciated! Knowing what the general system components were when benching the various cards will let us better determine where we should spend money (CPU and/or GPU).

    Right now if we are trying to decide on parts for a new system you can compare CPUs in CPU bench and GPUs in the new section but knowing the baseline specs (ie for system load power consumption in GPU bench) will help clear things up when we try to compare the figures to our own existing system's figures.

    Thanks,
    Gaidin
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  • Adam42 - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    For the CPU bench it would be handy if it could filter / sort by CPU socket type. That way you can more easily look at what upgrade options you have which don't have the extra expense of replacing your motherboard, and possibly memory too. Reply
  • MadAd - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    Is it possible? Choose an SSD, GPU and CPU and get a combined score, and then if we want, compare that to a 2nd system with a different SSD GPU and CPU? Or a little different. eg same SSD different GPU/CPU? Reply
  • Riccardo - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    Great addition to the Bench - thanks! Reply
  • ABR - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    Since this DB is just starting w/pretty recent cards anyway, how 'bout adding some GPU compute benchmarks to the mix? I know it's hard to find much good, let alone applying to both Nvidia and ATI, but starting somewhere would be good! Reply
  • scottdolson - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    I second this. It would be very nice to see some numbers for this area of functionality. Reply
  • mino - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    PLEASE, do us ALL a huge favor - test all available IGP's and event the older ones (they are far less IGP's the GPU's anyway)

    That way anyone asking a "stupid" question why IGP is not enough could be pointed to your artice.

    Also, it would be great to include a 2D benchmark - from my experience even today some low-end GPU's, not to mention IGP's a have a problem to handle 2D on bigger screens ...
    Reply
  • crimson117 - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    Thanks! Was waiting for this... my friend wants a new PC to play Starcraft 2; this will help! Reply
  • fausto412 - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    this new Bench apps is awesome. Reply

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