Re: which program can test cpu speed
- Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2018 14:02:06 -0400
- From: Michael Stone <mstone@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: which program can test cpu speed
On Fri, Oct 26, 2018 at 05:19:58PM +0000, Long Wind wrote:
is there any general-purpose testing utility? i remember in early days some
program for DOS can report benchmark, (maybe made by nordon?) . and intel 486
always seems faster than 386.
Try something like
(guessing on the cpus, you were a bit vague)
The performance of a given system depends on the task. Some systems
are better at single-threaded integer calculations, some have more
cores so they're better in a multitasking environment, some have better
floating point optimizations, some have more cache and therefore perform
better when code jumps all over the place, etc.
You need to benchmark the systems for whatever task YOU actually care
about. Whatever program you're using that makes you think "gosh, I
really wish this system could be faster" -- that's the one you use to
benchmark. It could be compiling the Linux kernel, or transcoding
video and audio, or calculating prime factors of large numbers, or
first-person shooter video games, or whatever it is that you do.
The above was good advice. There's no such thing as "a general
benchmark"; there are benchmarks to test integer performance,
benchmarks to test floating point performance, benchmarks to test
graphics, benchmarks to test storage, etc. If you don't have any
specific task that you want to test, then suffice it to say that both
systems are equally slow by modern standards. I'd expect that the AMD
CPU is a bit better/has more functionality, but you probably won't be
able to tell the difference. The graphics on a 10 year old system are
likely to be a bigger issue than the CPU. You'd probably get
dramatically better results by replacing whatever the hard drive is
with an SSD rather than by agonizing over the CPU selection.