Stress-test your computer
What you need: Novabench; Windows 7, 8 or 10 Time required: 15 minutes
you ever wanted to compare your PC’S performance against similar machines to see how it measures up? Novabench is a free program that carries out benchmark tests on four crucial PC components - your processor ( CPU), graphics card (GPU), memory ( RAM) and hard drive. It then displays scores for each, as well as an overall score for your PC. You can compare thesese scores with those submitted by other people. This information can help you decide when it’s time to upgrade your PC.
To install the program, go to www.snipca.com/25552, click the ‘Download for Windows’ button, then run the downloaded setup file to install and open the program. On its main screen, you’ll see information about your PC’S processor, graphics card and memory 1 . If you want to find out how Novabench runs its tests and compares your scores, click the Help tab 2 , Online Documentation, then click the relevant links to read more info. Click Start Tests 3 to begin. You’ll see a pop-up message with an estimate of the time remaining (the tests usually take about three minutes).
After all the tests are completed, you’ll see an overall score 1 and scores for each of the four categories 2 . Each time you run a test, its overall score will be listed on the left 3 . To compare your scores with other users, click the ‘View Performance Charts and Comparisons’ button 4 . This opens the Novabench website in your default browser. On the right, you’ll see options to create a Novabench profile (useful if you want to keep track of your scores). Alternatively, continue to the next page without creating an account.
You’ll now see your overall score, system information and each component’s scores 1 . On the right, you’ll see comparison charts 2 (this feature was unavailable when we used it but is expected soon). Next, click the Baseline Comparison dropdown menu to see five PC categories (gaming PCS, high-end PCS, budget PCS, and so on) – select the one that matches your PC 3 . You’ll now see your overall, CPU and GPU scores as a percentage compared with similar types of PC used by other people 4 . If all your scores are significantly below average, you may want to consider upgrading your PC.
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