How to measure the performance of your PC

When it comes to know how powerful your PC is, there are a series of performance tests that you can run to evaluate the different components. However, it’s also important to compare your system with other’s people systems so you can have an idea on how good your PC is and if it was worth it to buy it 🙂

In our previous post, we reviewed the Acer Aspire F 15, which will be testing in this post.

NovaBench Testing Tool

NovaBench is a free online software that you can use to evaluate your PC and upload your results to their website in order to compare your system with similar ones. You can do this anonimously or by creating your own account.

When you open the software you see the following windows:

By clicking on Tests, you can see the different tests options you can select:

In our case, we selected the option Run All Tests:

and about 1 minute later, our PC was scored:

As you can see, you can save the results file in a .nbr format which will allow you to open them with the software in the future or upload them to their website:

We also clicked the Compare These Results Online option and the first thing you see is the possibility of creating an account or going anonimous:

We created an account and could compare our results with similar systems:

As you can see from the percentile scores, our CPU is better than the average of the people’s systems. However, our GPU seems to be a bit below the average. We will comment on this later in this post.

You can check our results online by clicking in the next image:

Novabench Score

Benchmarking another PC

Now, the previous comparison refers to similar systems but what if we want to compare our newer PC to an older one? Or maybe you want to compare your PC and your friend’s one! We’ve also run the test in a Dell Latitude e5470 that we could tell before seeing the results, it’s a bit slower:

However, in comparison with similar systems, it performs quite good! It also grabbed our attention than for this PC there are only 12 systems in the data base but there 92 for the Acer one! However, this doesn’t necessarily means that the Dell PC is worse than the Acer one, because the former is older and it’s got more software installed and running in the background.

 

The GPU test

Coming back to the Acer benchmarking, we saw that the GPU performance was lower than the average so we decided to investigate a bit and run the GPU test with different settings.

First, we test the fullscreen:

If you do this, the test will play a quite nice video in your PC:

And we obtained the following frames per second:

Next, we tried a smaller resolution and not fullscreen:

 

And, as you can see, the performance is almost twice better:

For a final test, we tested the same resolution but fullscreen and again…

the performance went down! So it looks like a bit tricky to characterize your PC if we don’t have into account all these variables. Same applies for the CPU evaluation (how many programs are running in the background, internet speed…). Keep reading for our final advice on this matter.

Conclusions and warnings when testing and benchmarking your PC

From the GPU tests, you’ve seen that we obtained different results by changing the test settings. However, even when running the same test many times, we get slightly different results. Therefore, there are 4 steps you need to do in order to have an accurate score for your laptop performance:

  1. Everytime you run a test, try to have your PC in similar conditions (i.e., no programs opened and maybe disconnet internet)
  2. Run each test (GPU and CPU) with the same configuration different times and get an average
  3. Run the same test (for instance, GPU) with different configurations, repeat it many times and get an average
  4. Make an average of the average obtained in step 2 and the one from step 3 and this is your score a bit more accurate.

We hope you found this post useful! Do you have any tips to measure your laptop performance? 🙂

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