Not that far back in the day we measured a computers power and might on MHz, then GHz, or in the amount of RAM, sprinkled in with a hefty helping of GPU performance, a smidgen of I/O, and a few other trade buzz words.
These days, who knows how much about the CPU in your iPhone or iPad? Who really worries about what’s under the hood of that screaming fast new MacBook Pro? It’s like worrying about what’s under the hood of your car. Nobody looks there anyway. How fast is your Mac? This is how you find out.
Benchmarks For Geeks
Seemingly a decade or two in the making, and far, far overdue, is the latest version of an app that does benchmarks for Mac geeks, but is made available for mere mortal Mac users.
It’s Geekbench 3, the latest and greatest, and about the only way to figure out how fast your Mac really is (compared to all the other Macs, and PCs).
So far as I know, Geekbench is about the only way to measure performance for Macs, iPhone, iPad, and Windows and Linux PCs, as well as some Android devices.
Download the Geekbench app, fire it up on your Mac and it works its way through a bunch of realworld-like tests to show how fast your Mac (or, other lesser devices) really is.
Then, the results can be compared with other devices for bragging rights, or a trip to the Apple Store to upgrade to a newer Mac.
Geekbench runs through stress tests that are good to see how your system behaves, and it’s multi-processor aware, yet does both 32-bit and 64-bit benchmarks.
What Geekbench does is two-fold.
It’ll give you an opportunity for bragging rights (or, the aforementioned trip to the Apple Store for the latest and greatest so you can actually have bragging rights).
And, the stress it puts on your Mac can give you an idea of how the Mac will perform, well, you know, under stress that probably goes beyond what you normally do.
There’s not much to Geekbench for the Mac user. Run it and wait, then check your score and compare with scores from other users or those with different devices.
It’s just about the only way to find out how fast your Mac really is (or, in the alternative, is not).