One day I got the bright idea to benchmark the living crap out of everything I could find. What resulted was a huge Excel sheet of CPU performance results. Then Intel released the X25-M and I realized that I would have much more repeatable and reliable numbers if I used SSDs (don't have to worry about defragging between runs), at which point I re-ran everything in the Excel sheet.

To make a long story short, we launched a feature called Bench. It's a comparison tool that lets you pit products against one another using our own internal test results. If you want to find out whether the Core i5 750 will be a significant upgrade from your Core 2 Quad Q6600 you can head over to Bench and find out. We have over 100 CPUs in Bench today across over 20 benchmarks. CPUs are being added all the time as they come out and we're constantly evaluating new benchmarks to introduce as well.

When I'm not testing CPUs, working with Brian on smartphones or playing with Mac gear, I'm knee deep in SSDs. I've been itching to write a follow-on to the SSD Relapse, however not enough has changed just yet. Plus with all that's happening in the other segments I cover directly, it's easier for me to focus on shorter SSD articles. Adding SSD performance data to Bench was an obvious next step, which I made not too long ago.

You all have been asking for three things when it comes to Bench fairly consistently. You want the ability to have all benchmarks sorted the same way (e.g. higher is better), the ability to compare more than two products and you want a GPU version of Bench. Today I'm happy to announce that the first version of GPU Bench is live.

We've tweaked the landing page for Bench a bit to let you access CPU, SSD and GPU Bench data even easier. As is the case with CPU and SSD Bench, as new cards get released we'll be expanding the GPU Bench database to include them. At present we go back as far as the GeForce 8800 GT and Radeon HD 3870 (at 1680 x 1050).

I hope you enjoy the addition and expect more Bench features to surface as the year goes on. As always, thanks for reading :)



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  • diesavagenation - Saturday, August 14, 2010 - link

    Love it! Great job guys Reply
  • behrtrap - Saturday, August 14, 2010 - link

    Dear Mr. Lal-Shampi:

    I am a crazed, enthusiastic newbie. My education is in business, so my head is nearly ringing as i try to sort out theoretical transfer rates, TDP, phase count on mobos etc.
    This is a "disruptive technology" of a most positive kind. it is a game changer. The bench helps me decide where to focus my money. Combined with your insights on lack of multi-thread apps and who really needs six cores--YOU RULE!!!
  • Burticus - Saturday, August 14, 2010 - link

    Any chance we could see some comparison bench's for other slightly older video cards? 9600/9800GT, 8800GTS, GTS 250 etc. Yes I know those are all similar, but I think it would be a good tool for upgrade comparison purposes. Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Saturday, August 14, 2010 - link

    Some of that we'll be doing in the future when we put together our now mid-range/low-end benchmark suites. Some of those other cards (the 8800GTS/GTS250) I simply don't have. Reply
  • Roland00 - Saturday, August 14, 2010 - link

    Donate your own video card to Anandtech. Let them do some benchmarks. And then he can give it away free as a giveaway. Several people would still love many nvidia cards for they are good folders. Reply
  • AtwaterFS - Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - link

    I second this, LOT of ppl have 8800/9800 cards and GPU bench really is useful for seeing if u should bother upgrading... Only one u have is 8800GT, but I know it;s a constant WIP so keep up the good work! Reply
  • softdrinkviking - Sunday, August 15, 2010 - link

    i wonder if we might some day get the opportunity to see the bench results with combinations of different hardware?

    for example GTX 480 + i7 940 OR Radeon 5870 + i3 530

    it would be interesting to see how much effect different combinations have on performance.

    i know that would take like, forever to benchmark, but it would be interesting.
  • winjohn - Sunday, August 15, 2010 - link

    Cool tool! I see you have the consumer GPUs covered, but what about workstation class cards? Would be good to see a comparision of the current Quadro and FirePro cards. Reply
  • Bend-her - Sunday, August 15, 2010 - link

    This is a really cool feature, although i'd love to see some more GPUs added to the DB. Reply
  • PitneFor - Sunday, August 15, 2010 - link

    this is so cool, i love it Reply

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