In technology, there are lies, damned lies, and statistics. If your Mac really, truly fast? How do you know? You need a test that generates statistics.
Through the years, Mac users have had various benchmark testing apps that tell the tale of stats. The latest benchmarking app on my office Mac tells me that I need to get a new Mac because this one is oh so slow.
Slow Mac? Get A New Mac
It’s one thing to tell your boss or spouse that your Mac is old and slow and you need a new one. But it’s something else again to have hard core, printed, verified proof that your Mac is an ice age device in the age of global warming.
NovaBench is a Mac app that runs a variety of tests on your Mac.
Then, it tells you your Mac’s score and compares it online with other Mac users.
There’s not much that needs to be checked on today’s modern Macs. The CPU (Intel Inside). The hard disk drive. And your Mac’s graphics chips.
Here’s what it looks like on my office iMac.
NovaBench checks your Mac and determines the basic hardware setup. That includes the Memory, Graphics, Mac model number, and the CPU (central processor unit).
Click the Start Tests button and NovaBench goes through a variety of tests designed to check out RAM speed, disk drive speed, and graphics capability.
How does my office iMac compare to other Macs?
It’s slow. And there are plenty of statistics online to back up the results.
In this case, the NovaBench score repeats the iMac’s basic specs, then gives a score to RAM (random access memory), the CPU (performing a number of calculations), the Graphics tests (frames per second), and Hardware (in this case, the hard disk drive).
The scores are then totaled and compared with other Mac tests results in the NovaBench score center online.
Are the test scores accurate and worthwhile?
They’re merely statistics which get compared to other Macs and their statistics. Your Mac may be slow only when compared with with Macs that are newer models with faster components.
Lies, damned lies, and statistics being what they are, it would be easy to compare your Mac to other stats to show how much more productive you’d be with a newer, faster model. That makes NovaBench’s free price tag a terrific statistic.