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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  • vailr - Sunday, August 15, 2010 - link

    The Intel E6300 CPU was made in 2 different forms:
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 (Conroe - 65 nm)
    &
    Intel Pentium E6300 Wolfdale 2.8GHz (45 nm).

    May want to further clarify which version? Or maybe: include both in your chart?
    Also: suggestion for 2 more CPU's be added: Intel E6400 (Conroe) & Intel Core i7 930.
    Reply
  • BLHealthy4life - Sunday, August 15, 2010 - link

    in the "GPU Product Benchmarks", the "add item" feature doe snot work. however it does work with "Browse GPU Benchmarks". Reply
  • ProDigit - Monday, August 16, 2010 - link

    Although there have been plenty of benchmarks out there already, perhaps the most notorious, most sold processor line ever has been left out!
    The Netbook Atom processors, AKA:
    N260, N270, N280, N450, N455, N470, and the N475 (I hope I have all here).
    Reply
  • kjskeete - Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - link

    Occasional reader, first time poster. I just HAD to register to let you know what a great job you've done with GPU Bench. It's exactly what I needed...three months ago :) Keep up the good work! Reply
  • The Big Nasty - Thursday, August 19, 2010 - link

    This is the coolest feature on any website IMO. I not only use it at least once a day (Im a benchmark junkie) but I link to it in other forums when discussing "GTX this" vs "Radeon that". Reply
  • feraltoad - Friday, August 20, 2010 - link

    This is really useful! It really helps out when someone asks me what they should buy! Reply
  • softdrinkviking - Friday, August 20, 2010 - link

    this thread is a bit old now, so i don't know if it is still getting read, but...

    if the Anandtech staff happens to read this comment, it would be nice to see the 5850 in crossfire added to the benchmark suite. i think that many current 5850 owners will be considering this as an upgrade soon, especially if the prices come down. (newegg has one for $255 already)
    also, with the power economy vs. performance of the 5850, it seems like a really good option.
    Reply
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  • pauly4it - Monday, August 23, 2010 - link

    The GPU Bench is great, but it only uses games as benchmarks. I'd like to see some rendering programs thrown in (Premiere, After Effects, 3DS Max, etc), as this is the primary reason I need a GPU. Once that's added, Anandtech will pretty much have everything I need.

    Keep up the great work!
    Reply
  • darkewaffle - Friday, August 27, 2010 - link

    One feature I'd like to see added to the GPU bench is a resolution filter, or some simple sorting options. Sometimes you want to see all the results for a specific game or a specific resolution, and while the ability to drag the bars to organize them is nice, its also a little tedious given how easy it is for all the labels to run together and how long they can get. Reply

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