The arguments and questions regarding computer performance are obvious. How does your Mac’s overall performance compare to Macs of the past? Or, to Windows PC’s of today? How do different models and configurations compare in performance? Here’s the Mac app that knows. Fire it up, let it run a bunch of tests, check out the results. Mac, iPhone, iPad.
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 a variety of mostly real-world hardware 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 that Apple has never upgraded ever; no change since 2013). 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. Here’s a look at my desktop iMac’s 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.
It’s the consistency of test benchmarks which makes Geekbench useful for those who measure performance because they need their equipment to run at an optimum level. The app helps. For the rest of us, it’s an interesting exercise.
My i5 iMac fares well compared to others, but definitely isn’t a screamer compared to the Mac Pro or the i7-equipped quad-core iMac.
Geekbench does a couple of basic packages of testings.
The CPU Benchmark:
Each CPU workload models a real-world task or application, ensuring meaningful results. These tests are complex, avoiding simple problems with straightforward memory-access patterns, and push the limits of your system.
The Compute Benchmark:
Measure the compute performance of your GPU with the new Compute Benchmark. From image processing to computer vision to number crunching, Geekbench 4 tests your GPU using relevant and complex challenges.
Test times will vary depending upon your Mac’s hardware configuration. Yes, there’s GeekBench for the iPhone, too.
The only real problem here is that such benchmarks and results are totally focused on 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.