Are you considering some hardware upgrades for your computer? Or do you just simply want to know where does your PC stand in comparison to other computers? Benchmarking your computer can help you out. In computing, Benchmarking is a process of running a defined set of tests on a hardware and calculate its score based on the performance. In this post, we are going to talk about a service called UserBenchmark that lets you benchmark your computer and compare it online.
Benchmark & test Hardware components of Windows PC
UserBenchmark is a free service that lets you benchmark your Windows computer. It can test most of the hardware components including CPU, GPU, SSD, HDD, RAM and USB Devices. The tests are simple to run, and all the reports and details are displayed in the browser itself. It can also suggest you possible upgrades and let you build a PC. It will benchmark your PC & compare the results to other computers with the same components. It will then compare the strengths & weaknesses of each component in your PC to other components & systems in its class.
To start the benchmarking process, all you need to do is download the benchmarking utility and execute it. It will take a few minutes to complete the test. And you might see some graphics on your computer screen during the test. Once all the tests are completed, you will be redirected to UserBenchmark website for the report. Executing the tests is not difficult at all, it is easy and just takes a minute.
The best part about UserBenchmark is its report and the way your computer is compared to others. The report is very extensive and can provide you better insights. Based on the information, you can really decide both software and hardware upgrades for your computer.
You will be flabbergasted to see a lot of percentages and percentiles. But this how UserBenchmark rates your computer in comparison to other computers. The first thing to notice is the score calculated in three different categories: Gaming, Desktop, and Workstation. This would give you an overall idea about the category to which your computer belongs to. Gaming score is based on GPU performance and hardware acceleration. The desktop score is calculated on the performance in day to day tasks. And Workstation score is based on the multi-core processing ability of the computer.
Now if you scroll down a little, you can see an in-depth analysis of individual components. The tool compares your device with all the available devices and with devices with similar specifications. From this, you can get an idea of how is your device performing in the same segment of devices and how can you improve it.
For CPU, you can view most of the details like single core, quad core and multi-core performance. And you can also view the overall score and whether or not the hardware is performing as expected. For GPU, you can view the benchmark scores for DirectX 9, DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 3D graphics. I faced a small problem with GPU benchmarks; the tool was not able to detect the second GPU on my laptop. So, the results were generated based on the inbuilt Intel HD Graphics, and my GTX 1050 Ti was skipped which lowered the score considerably.
Similarly, you can view various other benchmark scores for your Solid-State Drive, Hard Drive, and Memory. You can know the read/write and random speeds of all these devices. If you had any USB drives connected to your computer, the test results would also include the benchmark score for these devices.
UserBenchmark is undoubtedly a great tool if you are looking for some hardware tests. If you go through all the sections on the website, you will find great suggestions on interpreting your benchmark score and deciding the best upgrades. Also, you can browse scores and rankings of other devices and build a custom PC for your needs.