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PerformanceTest

CNET Editors' review

PassMark's PerformanceTest makes it easy to test your computer and compare its performance against baseline statistics and other users' PCs. Benchmarking your PC is important for tweaking its performance, and it's critical for overclocking. PerformanceTest runs a battery of sophisticated benchmarking tests and returns some expert-level data. With six suites comprising 28 unique tests, it benchmarks the performance of your CPU, RAM, 2D and 3D graphics, disk speed, and more. Recent updates include improved 32-bit performance in Windows 7 and compatibility with Windows 8. PerformanceTest is free to try for 30 days and costs $26. We tried it in Windows 7 Home Premium SP1.

The first thing we noticed about PerformanceTest's user interface is the totally cool rotating 3D motherboard that filled itself with 3D representations of all our system components: CPU, RAM modules, disk drives, and so on. We just had to click on a component to view its data. There's a good Help file, but PerformanceTest isn't difficult to use by any means: Click Run Benchmark to start the tests; Manage Baselines to view, manage, compare, and upload baseline data; and Preferences to select various program options. The Help file offers a lot of information about PerformanceTest's benchmarks, though.

For accurate benchmarking, close any open apps before running PerformanceTest. The full battery of tests takes several minutes and includes everything from 3D game scenes to a Mandelbrot set. The tool tracked each step with progress bars and finished with a numerical score we could compare to baseline results or upload to share. The tests showed the capabilities and limitations of our fair-to-middling graphics card, for instance, and displayed all our logical volumes as separate drives. Tab offered detailed test results, performance data, and graphs for Main, System, Summary, CPU Mark, 2D Graphics Mark, 3D Graphics Mark, Memory Mark, and Disk Mark, with additional tests available under the advanced menu, including Network, CD/DVD Drive, and Disk, as well as a Visualized Physics Test and DirectCompute Test. Many freeware benchmarking tools are out there, but few match this tool's capabilities. Anyone can use PerformanceTest, but skilled users will benefit the most from its benchmarks.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of PerformanceTest 8.0.Build 1018.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It did what it was designed to do"

    September 15, 2013  |   By tlcstable

    Version: PerformanceTest 8.0 Build 1022

    Pros

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not very functional with 64 bit Win7."

    February 21, 2012  |   By Joby613

    Version: PerformanceTest 7.0.Build 1027

    Pros

    Looks to be a very user friendly program, with graphically displayed data. Also, no piggyback crap on install.

    Cons

    Data on ram speed, ram size, hdd size incorrect. Probably due to using this prog on a 64 bit os.

    Summary

    Would recomend this prog for any 32 bit os user intersted in baselining, overclocking, and test. I'd like to try the 64 bit version.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent 'window' into your PC"

    August 8, 2010  |   By cliffordf2

    Version: PerformanceTest 7.0 build 1016

    Pros

    As an IT professional for many years I heartily recommend Performance Test 7.0! This tool provides you with most of the tools that IT Professionals enjoy in their work. IT is fast, customizable and easy to use and understand.

    Cons

    None that I have found.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "had to delet my sumary for a shorter one"

    March 11, 2010  |   By oggystoop

    Version: PerformanceTest 7.0 build 1012

    Pros

    Well... I had the full version of this software and Tech tracker has replaced it with an evaluation version which i will have to pay for ... Tech tracker needs to know that just because software is newer , it is not necessily better !

    Cons

    I dont like the way evaluation versions never seem to give full access to the full software - How is it possible to evaluate something you cant use fully? - If I sold you a car without the gearbox

    Summary

    The only thing I like about this software is that it was made after my version of the software - sadly many software vendors make new versions and dont allow the older version to update - its a money greed thing

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Try It ! Cool, easy, intuitive."

    December 24, 2009  |   By ricknkc

    Version: PerformanceTest 7.0 build 1011

    Pros

    The interface is cool. I liked how "user Friendly" it was ,as, I am not a computer whiz.

    Cons

    I truly can't think of any!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very useful. I've got it running an my system."

    November 16, 2009  |   By wpfan

    Version: PerformanceTest 7.0 build 1010

    Pros

    it's very good at checking for update/upgrades. informed me of sever updates I didn't notice.

    Cons

    can't tell the difference between a free update and a paid upgrade. as far as I can tell there's no way to tell you don't want to upgrade.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good stable performance test for reference between PCs"

    September 19, 2009  |  

    Version: PerformanceTest 7.0 build 1008

    Pros

    NO SPYWARE! Simple setup and interface. Good for establishing a baseline for making changes and tweaks and for comparing the results with other machines.

    Cons

    30 day trial only. It's not free.

    Summary

    Recommended. I tested 2 identical older AMD XP2800+ machines, having only 1 defference... one with a Asus MB and the other with a Biostar MB. Bios settings and all other hardware was exactly the same brand and type & specs (hdd, memory, video card). The Biostar ran circles around the Asus.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Handy program to rate the performance of your PC."

    August 12, 2009  |   By jave200372

    Version: PerformanceTest 7.0 build 1007

    Pros

    Handy program to rate the performance of your PC against others.
    Has some use for selecting hardware for a certain purpose, ie games.

    Cons

    None really. The price is reasonable.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Rating is quite enough"

    August 11, 2009  |   By geophil3

    Version: PerformanceTest 7.0 build 1007

    Pros

    Rating is quite enough

    Cons

    Rating is quite enough

    Summary

    Rating is quite enough

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  • 5.0 stars

    "User friendly benchmarking tool with lots of features"

    June 16, 2009  |   By Addy1024

    Version: PerformanceTest 7.0 build 1005

    Pros

    + Interface is neat, clean and eye-pleasing. Gives advanced system info
    + Benchmarking tests are relatively quick to run
    + Easy to use, no trouble installing or getting started
    + Baselines downloadable from within the app

    Cons

    - Video tests don't look as amazing as other benchmark tools on the market
    - Hard to copy and paste between some screens

    Summary

    Performancetest has a lot of features and benchmarks that cover all the hardware in your machine. It's really easy to use, the menu items are clear and I like the intuitive way it displays system information when you hover over parts of the Main screen with your mouse. It also seems to be well supported by the developers with a good help file and online tech support. You can also download baselines to compare your machine with from the program itself which is pretty useful.

    Two things really make this product stand out from the others - the first is the advanced CPU physics test which I've seen many game demos of, but is really a first for a benchmarking app. Secondly, it packs a big punch for 11mb of download. 3Dmark06 is 580mb in comparison! This is great when I need to download something to benchmark a rig quickly.

    Some of the video tests look a bit dated, but overall they do the job. Recommended.

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