Best testing and benchmarking software

By | 15 January 2021

When you buy a new hardware part for your PC is important to test it, measure performances and check if it works properly, moreover if you want do overclocking.
There are various software that allows to run CPU, GPU, hard disk and RAM stress tests.
They can be useful also to find hardware related problems (eg. if you have system crash or the PC suddenly restarts).
Many software also allows to compare your benchmarks with the ones of other users and show how much your hardware is performant.
It’s important to run the tests when the PC is not running any other software, so this will not affect the results.

Cinebench

Free cross-platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s hardware capabilities. The software does not test GPU performance.

3DMark

You can choose among different packs that allows to perform various kind of tests:

Time Spy – DirectX 12 benchmark tests for gaming PCs
Port Royal – Ray tracing benchmark for graphics cards
Night Raid – DirectX 12 test for PCs with integrated graphics
Wild Life – Cross-platform benchmark for notebook computers, tablets and smartphones
Fire Strike – DirectX 11 benchmark tests for gaming PCs

You can buy it on Steam.

PCMark 10

Fully featured benchmark suite available in different versions. The free Basic Edition includes essential benchmark tests. The Advanced and Professional Edition includes extended tests and other kind of benchmarks.

AIDA64

You can choose between various versions: Extreme, Engineer, Business, Network Audit and try the programs for 30 days, it’s available also for major mobile platforms.
It provides extensive info, hardware monitoring and benchmark (CPU, cache and memory, hard disk), and allows to perform different stress tests for checking system stability.

Prime95

Free software for Windows, Mac and Linux for CPU stress testing.

Blender

Free and open source Windows, Mac and Linux software for CPU and GPU benchmarks.

CrystalDiskMark

Free hard disk benchmark software for Windows.

CrystalDiskInfo

Free Windows software for monitoring hard disk health.

AS SSD Benchmark

Free SSD Windows benchmark software.

ATTO Disk Benchmark

Hard disk benchmark software for Windows and Mac.

HD Tune Pro

Commercial Windows software for measuring hard disk performances, scan for errors and check disk health.

SSD life

Commercial Windows software for SSD health and endurance monitoring.

Hard Disk Sentinel

Another commercial Windows sofotware for checking hard disk health and temperature.

PassMark

Benchmarking and diagnostic sofware that includes various tests:

BurnInTest – Stress test your computer. PC reliability and load testing. For Windows and Linux
PerformanceTest – Compare the performance of your PC to similar computers around the world
MemTest86 – Popular memory diagnostic software for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Superposition

Benchmark software for Windows and Linux, you can choose between free and paid editions. Performance and stability test for PC hardware: video card, power supply, cooling system.

MemTest64

Lightweight Windows memory test, it doesn’t require installation.

FurMark

Free Windows GPU stress tool.

Kombustor

Free GPU stress test and benchmark Windows software by MSI.

Afterburner

Windows softwarw by MSI for real time GPU monitoring, it can be used with graphics cards from all brands.

HWiNFO

Free Windows System Information and Diagnostics software.

HWMonitor

Windows hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors : voltages, temperatures, fans speed. It’s available both in free and Pro paid version.

Basemark GPU

Professional evaluation tool to evaluate and compare graphics performance across mobile and desktop platforms.

V-Ray Benchmark

Free software for GPU benchmarking, it includes three render engine tests: V-Ray, V-Ray GPU CUDA, V-Ray GPU RTX.

SiSoft Sandra

Complete benchmarking and diagnostics software for Windows.
It includes 58 information modules that offer all the information there is regarding your hardwar and several tools to test your PC’s performance.

UserBenchmark

Free CPU, GPU, HDD/SSD and RAM Windows benchmark software.

Geekbench

Commercial cross-platform CPU and GPU software.

Novabench

Free CPU, GPU, memory and hard disk benchmark software for Windows / Mac and Linux. There is also a Pro (paid) version available.

GFXBench

Free Windows and Mac GPU benchmark software. There are also Android and iOS apps available.

Best testing and benchmarking software

With the programs of this list you can test the various hardware parts of your PC and measure their performances, obtain detailed info as well as monitor and diagnostic. Many are cross-platform, so you don’t need to worry which operating system are you using.
The mobile gaming is constantly growing and the mobile devices are always more powerful, in the list you can find some software that have specific Android and iOS apps that will allows to benchmark also smartphones and tablets.

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