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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  • james.jwb - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    May i make a CPU suggestion? For each different configuration of a CPU (some come with 2mb cache, some 4mb, and so on), do overclocked results to show how, say, and overclocked E2200 at 3.2GHz would compare to what's available now.

    It just gives an extra data point to help out, I think.
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  • james.jwb - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    What i mean is, i actually do have an E2200 at 3.3GHz, and it would just be interesting to be able to see an overclocked result here, otherwise the best I can see is a 2.2GHz clocked result, or start to look at higher cache versions like the E5200.

    The results should perhaps be listed differently so not to get in the way, under a different category or requiring an additional click to show the overclocked results, etc.
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  • LNCPapa - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    I absolutely love this feature. Thanks for all the time put into this and solid benchmarking practices. Reply
  • Stuka87 - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    This is such an awesome feature to have. Many thanks for all the work that went into it.

    However, I am not sure if this is a data entry typo, or the actual score. But the Radoen HD 5970 only gets 1.8 FPS during the Crysis Warhead test at 2560x1600.

    Is this correct?
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  • Ryan Smith - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    That's the minimum framerate, and that's correct. The Radeon cards get hit hard at the start of that benchmark with CF and 2560x1600, so the 5970 really does bottom out at very low framerates thanks to CF with only 1GB of VRAM per GPU. Reply
  • Sanctusx2 - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    Fantastic tool! I've been wanting something like this for awhile. I'm definitely going to use this to shop for my new rig once prices on a few components drop a little bit further.

    Just one suggestion: Could you perhaps add typical 5400, 7200, and 10k RPM hard drive to the SSD roundup? While it's very useful to see all the SSDs compared, it would be great to see more data pertinent to those of us who have yet to make the plunge.
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  • at80eighty - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    Way to go Anand - keep me coming back year after year till ive lost count. Fantastic work and thanks for the addition. Reply
  • Roomba - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    That is a neat and concise tool. Very nice work. Reply
  • Shelbino - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    Bench is a very nice addition to your site. Thanks! Reply
  • jigglylizard - Friday, August 13, 2010 - link

    '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.'

    I was looking for a benchmark on this exact comparison like 2 hours ago and found none for gaming.

    Great idea! I will make good use of this....
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