The arguments and questions regarding computer performance are obvious. How does your Mac’s overall performance compare to Macs of the past? How do different models compare in performance? Here’s the Mac app that knows. Fire it up, let it run a bevy of tests, check out the results.
Benching For Geeks
For as long as I can remember Geekbench has been one of the major go-to utilities to benchmark the Mac but also Windows PCs, Linux PCs, Android devices, as well as iPhone and iPad. Geekbench bills itself as a utility which performs real-world tests on your Mac, and that’s partially true. It includes a variety of stress tests to check system stability, too.
The latest version is fully multi-core aware so checks out whatever you’re running, from dual-core to quad-core to triple-quad-core (the drool worthy Mac Pro). Benchmarks are similar across each platform, and are available in both 32-bit and 64-bit for an Apple to apples comparison. Maybe the best part of using Geekbench is the option to share your benchmark results with others online so you can see exactly how your Mac stacks up to the rest.
Scores include single and multi-core, your Mac’s CPU integer performance, floating point results, and memory performance.
SO, generally speaking, what you get with Geekbench is a consistent look at how the Mac’s hardware functions and compares with other Macs, or Windows and Linux PCs– on comparable tests. Ditto for the Android and iOS versions of Geekbench.
Yes, there’s GeekBench for the iPhone.
The only real problem here is that geek is too often synonymous with hardware and operating system, not necessarily what we, the computer user, use each day– applications. Geekbench doesn’t measure how an operating system impacts user productivity, or how an application performs better under measurements by average user on each platform.
Why not? Hardware is easier to measure. Everything else is more subjective and open to interpretation. Still, Geekbench doesn’t cost much and can give you a good idea how well your Mac performs against other Macs.