We've been running our public performance database tool, Bench, for a few years now. Bench allows you to have direct access to the performance data we use in our reviews, segmented according to product category. Today we have five major product categories in Bench: CPU, GPU, Smartphone, Mobile and SSDs.

CPU Bench is the longest running without significant changes. You can actually compare Intel's most recently released Sandy Bridge E CPU to an old Core 2 Duo E6550 from four years ago in a number of tests using the tool

GPU Bench has always posed a more significant challenge. Drivers and test platforms change very frequently, which often precludes us from keeping a running tally of benchmarks similar to what we do on the CPU side. We used our Radeon HD 7970 review as the kicking off point for our brand new PCIe 3.0 testbed for GPUs going forward - a platform we hope to keep in place for at least the next 12 months. While all of this data is already in the 7970 review, if you want to do any head to head comparisons between GPUs you can now do so using our updated GPU Bench 2012 database. The previous version of the database (GPU Bench 2011) is still available.

Similarly, we've finally updated our Smartphone Bench database. Smartphone Bench 2011 features all of the tests and test data we've been using in our most recent smartphone reviews (e.g. Droid RAZR). We opted against calling it Smartphone Bench 2012 because we plan on updating some of the benchmarks in the new year (e.g. you may have seen one of our new battery life tests in our Eee Pad Transformer Prime Follow-up).

We are in the preliminary stages of planning AnandTech's site refresh for 2012, including updates to Bench. If you have any suggestions you'd like to see implemented, please feel free to leave them as comments here. We already have a number of ideas of things we're trying to implement, but your opinions are the most important here so I'm always eager to listen if you're willing to share.

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  • wogzi - Saturday, December 24, 2011 - link

    Please implement the review for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus as soon as you can :)

    Brian's thoughts on the LTE debacle was engaging though he didn't cover the CDMA reception which, according to angry birds in the comments section, can get to be pretty terrible in usage in apparent objective disregard for inflated bars.

    Mostly waiting for that and the battery life rundown and whether or not the Nexus merits the immediate upgrade for Android 4.0 or if waiting another month for an LTE iPhone/better Android hardware platform will be worth it.

    Thanks again for everything! There's a lot to be said about keeping a vigilant watch on testing standards; like they say, polish comes from the cities but wisdom comes from the deserts.
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  • Brian Klug - Saturday, December 24, 2011 - link

    Yeah, the purposes of that initial comparison were limited to just 4G LTE connectivity, I'm currently investigating EVDO. Obviously there are going to be differences between CBP 7.1 (GN/Charge/Stratosphere) and MDM6600 (huge % of phones on VZW), but I'm still gathering data. I don't remember there being this much outcry with those other devices however.

    It's definitely ongoing though :)

    -Brian
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  • Rishi100 - Saturday, December 24, 2011 - link

    I have been a regular visitor to your site since 1998. In between, you provided a facility to fill the text to support wide screen monitors, by having a A+ icon in the bar. The facility was removed with the improved/new design of website. I want that facility back to reduce amount of downward scrolling. I know your despise for 16:9 format monitor. But, that is what most of the laptops are sold with. To support smart-phones and tablets in portrait mode, you can keep the primary layout same but support for wide screen monitor may also be provided, as it was done previously.
    I hope you shall be able to control your hatred for wide screen this time and include the facility again for the benefit of your readers like me, who have already committed the sin of purchasing a laptop with 16:9 ratio display.
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  • Locut0s - Saturday, December 24, 2011 - link

    Would really like to compare my 5970 to cards coming down the pipe. I'm sure others with other cards not on there would like to as well.

    Another feature that I would love to see, maybe it's already there but I'm missing it?, is the ability to compare more than 2 products on Bench. Would be great to be able to compare 3 or more graphics cards or CPUs.

    Fantastic job you guys do here on Anandtech BTW can't praise your work enough!
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  • Ryan Smith - Sunday, December 25, 2011 - link

    Yes, we will be adding more video cards over the coming weeks. The current cards in Bench are only those we had time to run for our 7970 review, hence the limited selection. Reply
  • dj christian - Sunday, December 25, 2011 - link

    Especially some older graphic cards. While you already have 8800GT in the 2012 chart which quite old by now i would like to see some Radeon 68xx and 69xx series in there aswell. I have the HD6850 in my rig right now but im waiting for the 7950 to come by.

    One thing i also would love to see is some 2xxxS models of Intel SB in the CPU-chart. For example the 2400S which is quite interesting.

    Thanks!
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  • spazoid - Saturday, December 24, 2011 - link

    I would love to be able to choose a particular resolution in the graphics bench with just a few clicks instead of choosing each game/benchmark individually, for example all 1650x1050 benchmarks.

    Also, being able to compare more than 2 products would be huge, as mentioned earlier.

    I would also love to see a "summary" bar which would calculate the average difference between the products chosen based on the benchmarks chosen.

    And last, in it would be possible in some way to implement current pricing.
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  • dj christian - Sunday, December 25, 2011 - link

    Yea! 1680x1050 is too 2006 right now... Time changes. It's quite messy with different resolutions in every other chart. Would be great if you could filter the resolution you are interested in. Reply
  • lemmo - Saturday, December 24, 2011 - link

    Fabulous resource, best on the web, thank you!

    Are you going to integrate your upcoming smartphone audio tests into a benchmark for comparison?

    cheers :)
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  • janderk - Saturday, December 24, 2011 - link

    Nice tool. My suggestion would be to add the OS version to the mobile benchmark.

    For phones and tablets the performance depends an awful lot on the OS that it is running. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is said to score 58,470 in the Browsermark. While with the current Android 2.3.6 it scores around 90,000. The same goes for apple devices.

    And maybe it is a good idea to rerun the most important benchmarks from time to time for popular models, like the S2 and iPhones.
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