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CPU Speed Professional

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CPU Speed Professional tests your PC's processor and compares its results against other users' CPUs and systems via an online rankings site. This free tool stresses your CPU with a variety of tests designed to reveal strengths and weaknesses, but it doesn't hurt or change anything. It's basically foolproof to use and compatible with both Intel and AMD processors.

This software's user interface resembles a car's analog instrument cluster, with tachometer-style displays for both % CPU and MHz. A menu offered controls for initiating the scan and viewing and sharing the results. We ran the test, which involved four metrics: CPU Ramp, Core, Deep Cycle, and Cool Off. The test concluded quickly and displayed the CPU Speed ranking of our machine's processor. We clicked Submit My Score, and a Web page opened with the latest global CPU benchmarks and world speed rankings displayed. We ran the test again and received a similar score, so we opted not to resubmit it. Clicking CPU Details on the menu displayed accurate data about our processor. The tests revealed it was performing slightly better than the chip maker's published speed.

CPU Speed Professional was a lot of fun to use, both in testing our CPU and comparing the results to other PC users' machines as well as worldwide benchmarks. While the trick wears thin quickly--you can only test your chip's speed so many times--it's well worth doing, and it's free. And you don't have to share your data if you don't want to.

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    2.5 stars

    out of 22 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 9
  • Current version:

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  • 1.0 stars

    "A waste of time"

    July 6, 2013  |   By sw1jms

    Version: CPU Speed Professional 3.0.4.4

    Pros

    Nothing I can think of

    Cons

    They present you with a screen and you wonder where to go and what to do and there is no explanation. Finally you work out you must press the "exit" to get to the next screen. From there I again could not work out if it did the test or how to do the test if it did not do it. If it did do it automatically then it was very quick, but I could not understand all the numbers anyway. I just gave up as it was not worth the bother when there are so many other better and simpler ones out there.

    Summary

    Don't bother, get something that is easier to work with

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Real Tech-Head stuff."

    September 26, 2012  |   By MrTootles

    Version: CPU Speed Professional 3.0.4.4

    Pros

    Has everything.

    Cons

    Didn't know how to use it well enough to benefit from all it's options.

    Summary

    Not for the novice for sure.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Hardly any features"

    August 23, 2012  |   By BartalAlexis1983

    Version: CPU Speed Professional 3.0.4.4

    Pros

    Has only one working feature

    Cons

    But that's all, not worth installing, CPU-Z does the same and more.

    Summary

    Just instant skip...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "reads base clock only which does not account for OC'n"

    July 17, 2012  |   By ooostephen

    Version: CPU Speed Professional 3.0.4.4

    Pros

    it did not install bloat ware, when i deselected that option. other apps ignore that setting and install it anyways.

    Cons

    reports base clock only. multiplier is not accounted for.

    Summary

    meh...pass on this one, unless you don't believe the specs from dell on your stock machine.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "The program is not terribly useful; needs improvement."

    November 18, 2011  |   By RightWingLunatic

    Version: CPU Speed Professional 3.0.4.4

    Pros

    It is free, and it might entice some folks. For serious over-clockers (which I am not), it is neat if it would only tell you the actual speed. For instance, it reads my CPU speed at 2660MHz, which is the published speed, but CPU-Z list the speed at 3.06GHz (or 3060.2 MHz)

    First, we will go with the Intel i5-750. It is great processor, and I used it to build my grandfather's computer. It has a base clock of 2.66GHz, with a maximum turbo-boost speed of 3.2GHz. It has 4 cores/4threads with no Hyper-Threading. It has 8 MB of L# Smart Cache, and one QPI link. There is 4GB of dual channel DDR3 memory installed.

    Cons

    Next is the Intel Xeon X5650. It runs at a base clock of 2.66 GHz, and a maximum turbo-boost speed of 3.06GHz. It has 6 cores/12 threads with Hyper-Threading. It has 12MB L3 cache. It too is very nice indeed. I used two of them in my server, along with 48GB of Triple Channel DDR3 ECC Registered Server Memory. The X5650 cost $1019.00 in February of 2011, and $1004 in October 2011 (I started with one, and added another later). We have two physical processors, 12 cores/24 threads with a total of 24MB L3 cache.

    Which do you think would perform better? If you were going to go strictly by the processor speed as a ranking tool, such as CPU Professional does, then the i5 750 should win. After all, it has a max turbo boost speed of 3.2GHz, whereas the Xeon X5650 only has a top turbo boost speed of 3.06GHz. In reality though, the program only reads the base clock it seems, so the single $159.99 processor should be equal to 2 processors, which come to a grand total of $2023 for both.

    Summary

    It does not mention that the single X5650 has 2 more cores, and 8 more threads, with a grand total of 8 more cores, and 20 more threads in my server. It also lists online as having 4GB of memory. I do have 4GB of memory in EACH of my 12 slots, for a total of 48GB. I don't know how they figured that one.

    Due to the fact that this program only reads the base clock of my processor, and the graphics are cut off, I find it lacking. If it would put a full load on the CPU and get the results, it would be much better.

    Updated on Nov 18, 2011

    Under Pros, it should have read:
    It has 8 MB of L3 Smart Cache, and one QPI link.

    Under Cons, it should have read:
    It has 12MB L3 cache and 2 QPI links.

    Under summary, it should have read:
    It does not mention that the single X5650 has 2 more cores, and 8 more threads, with a grand total of 8 more cores, and 20 more threads with both processors combined.

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