Since starting our Bench results databases, they've grown by leaps and bounds. Bench is a central place where you can compare products based on the variety of tests and benchmarks we throw at them, and if you haven't checked it out already, you should, because it's downright huge. Our CPU bench alone has exploded, with test results for 121 different processors across 47 different disciplines. Today, Bench virtually doubles in size as we've added three new Benches.

First, and nearest and dearest to my heart, we introduce the Mobile Bench, a database of test results from over fifty different notebooks and netbooks across more than twenty different disciplines. Nearly every notebook we've tested since the beginning of 2010—and even a few towards the end of 2009—is represented here, although not all results are available on every notebook (i.e. high-detail gaming on a netbook isn't a concern). If you want to find the fastest gaming notebook or the best battery life on the market, check out our Mobile Bench.

Second and no less impressive is our Smartphone Bench. Featuring 27 different smartphones, our Bench contains results across 16 different tests, all easily searchable and sortable. If you're looking for the most talking time, the nicest screen, or the snappiest web browsing, the phone you're looking for is probably in our Smartphone Bench.

And finally, Ryan has been working overtime to produce our 2011 GPU Bench. It features the results of 29 different GPU configurations across 48 different tests, updated with DirectX 11 class hardware and the benchmarks to go with it along with some DirectX 10 hardware to use as a frame of reference.

Our Benches are updated regularly as new products get reviewed and entered into them (hence the staggering mass of our CPU Bench), and you find them all through the main AnandTech Bench page. As we review future phones, laptops, GPUs, and CPUs, the database will continue to grow. If you have any questions about or suggestions for the new Benches, please let us know in the comments!

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  • trake1 - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - link

    4890 needs to be placed in the 2011 GPU Batch, not the 2010 please. Reply
  • lvewell - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - link

    The smartphone bench is great. Thanks for the creating it. AT has reviewed the Dell Streak and I was hoping you would list it on bench--preferably with the results of it running Froyo. Reply
  • Brian Klug - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - link

    Oh good point, I need to add those numbers as well. We're still adding lots of benches to the Smartphone bench in particular.

    -Brian
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  • O8h7w - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - link

    I think that the bench, in it's current form, doesn't make use of the database as good as it could. I'm trying to find out what graphics card to buy...

    But how do I do that? I don't have much use of comparing all cards in a single test, nor do I have much use of looking at all tests of a single card. The only thing usable is to compare two cards, but I feel that is rather limiting.

    I would like to be able to choose any combination of tests, and any combination of cards. A list with multiple choices shouldn't be too hard, am I right? But it needs to be a tree instead of a list, don't lose the grouping of tests into categories...

    Of course, if you could add pricing too, it would be even better. It would be the ultimate hardware comparison tool!

    Just my thoughts /O8h7w
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  • seapeople - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - link

    What's better, I think it would be great if I could just upload a picture of myself to the Bench and have it automatically figure out exactly what CPU and graphics card would be perfect for me, find the nearest retailer, and automatically purchase them for me and have them delivered to my house within 1-2 business days. That wouldn't be too hard, would it? You just have to do some slight tinkering... it would be so great, I wouldn't even have to think before I buy my graphics card and computer. Reply
  • MeanBruce - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - link

    Dude, you are hilarious! Yuk yuk yuk! Reply
  • driscoll42 - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - link

    I have used the Anandtech Bench many, many times to help people choose the right card for their build. Truly this is one of the best features of Anandtech that sets it apart from all the other review websites. While I hate to add more suggestions to the pile to give you more work there are a couple.

    1. I know that not every card can be retested for say the 2011 GPU bench, but there are some cards and configurations in tests that don't make the bench, like the 5770 CF which I had to go to the article to compare would be useful. I don't know how many aren't in there, but is it much harder to add every one?

    2. It is occasionally useful to know the integrated graphics performance of a CPU. In days past they were are basically terrible, but since AMD and Intel are putting emphasis on the GPU as part of the chip, could the integrated graphics of the CPU be tested and added to the GPU bench? As time goes on the graphics performance of the CPU will only increase and a baseline to compare would be fantastic.
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  • doczero - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - link

    6950 1GB Battleforge 1680x1050 Max quality + 4xAA Doesn't appear to match the scores posted in the review.
    Review score 65.9
    Bench score 23
    Thanks.
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  • DarkForceRising - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - link

    I was just curious as to what the reasoning was to split the GPU benchmarks into two separate categories. Your CPU bench is all in one list, making comparisons between anything rather easy. But the GPU bench is split up, meaning that for older cards, you have to do a two part comparison (comparing an old card to a card on both lists, and then comparing that card to the new card you want to examine).

    It seems like it could be because you changed the benchmarks somewhat between years, but again, I look at the CPU bench page. Have you been using the exact same benchmarks for the CPUs this whole time? It just seems like you could at least find some benchmark overlap between most of the cards between the two years.

    And that's pretty much my long winded way of complaining that I can't easily compare my 4850 to the new GPUs.

    Also, some way of comparing multiple (more than two) of any class of hardware would be excellent.
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  • Ryan Smith - Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - link

    Drivers play a big part of this.

    The scores in CPU Bench don't "go bad"; however for GPU Bench we have to constantly rebuild things as driver releases change performance. To include your 4850 I'd have to rebench it; as it stands I already have 31 different configurations and this doesn't include lower-end cards such as the GT 430.

    As a result it's not very practical to cover every last card in existence, so for cards 2+ generations out you're only going to see 1 or 2 cards represented. It's not ideal, but if you know how a 4850 performs relative to a 4870, then you have enough information to make an informed decision.
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