The process of running a computer program to assess performance.

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Why is my hard drive slowing down halfway through a read/write benchmark?

I'm using gnome-disks to do a benchmark on an old 5400RPM Hitachi HDD that I pulled from a PS3. It's connected to my computer through an external USB 3.0 enclosure. Here's the output graph from the ...
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Monitor disk I/O used by specific command

I know that there are various tools for monitoring disk I/O, but I am wondering specifically if there is something equivalent to time for disk usage? For example, I am benchmarking a specific command ...
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What is Prime95 benchmarking?

I've recently had to benchmark the CPU performance of a variety of operating systems on identical machines. I've been using the 'benchmark' functionality of Prime95 to obtain a consistent test. I've ...
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Periodic FPS drops in games, regardless of graphis card

When I play recent 3D games (Battlefield 3 & 4, Tomb Raider, Saints Row 3 & 4, etc.) I experience periodic FPS drops, e.g. in Battlefield 3 from the average of around 70-80 fps to 20-30 fps; ...
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Bash parameter Expansion: Best practices for speed?

I was just wondering if anybody knows any best practices or if there is any documentation about this topic: The scenario is searching / grepping in the log files. To make my point I will use ls. So ...
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Download Server Versions of Linux Systems for use on Vmware benchmarking

I am trying to download the iso of server versions of Linux systems such as Centos and Mint to benchmark on Vmware player. I have already installed ubuntu server and upgraded to the desktop as well on ...
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How to simulate real workload at Windows 7/8?

I want to simulate realistic workload at the Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC. Does somebody know a software for this or a way for good automation workload simulation?
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Low Memory Performance

I am currently benchmarking some of my code to see where the bottleneck is. My memory is DDR3 1066MHz DualChannel Mode This should result in 17GB/s peak memory performance. With my code I am ...
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How to correlate CPU benchmarks to overall computer performance? [closed]

I am in the market for a new PC, and I know I can look up the CPU model name to see which one performs better in a benchmark test. However, how do I translate this into PC performance? What sort of ...
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How I can use Iozone to measure USB sticks?

I need to do some benchmarkings with various file systems (ext3, ntfs, ...) on a USB flash driver. I will format the USB stick every time to do the tests. The problem is I don't know how appoint the ...
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How to tell, before buying, if a given graphics card will play Full HD video?

I am looking for the cheapest video card that would be capable of smooth playback of Full HD (1080p) video on a Full HD screen. An answer by @Mikhail on a related question briefly mentioned that: ...
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Comparing an i7 (3.2Ghz) against an i5 (2.5Ghz) using linpack shows the i7 being worse

I am trying to compare the number crunching performance of an i5-3210M @ 2.5GHz with 6GB ram and an i7 970 @3.2GHz with 24GB ram. The results are so unexpected I presume I am either doing something ...
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Benchmark performance 30% speedup in mains over battery operation?

This observation arose as I was evaluating the running time efficiency of various implementations of a prime sieve algorithm. The surprise was finding that differences between the best algorithms was ...
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Is there a way to run a job exclusively on a chip?

We've got a bunch of large (1TB+) NUMA machines at work and have been getting a lot of noise in benchmarking. We've noticed that run times for our application are very consistent from one run to the ...
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USB bench marking shows faster write speeds after fragmentation? How? [duplicate]

I am currently benchmarking my 3.0 USB Flash drive both fragmented and defragmented. My initial setup consisted of Crystal Disk Mark and a flash drive with no files on it. I recorded the output ...
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MIPS as a measurement of raw integer data processing

I'm looking for a way to contextualize generational differences in computing performance. Is this a correct application of the MIPS measurement? MOS 6502 - 0.500 MIPS at 1 MHz. As an 8-bit CPU it ...
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Disable all disk cache features in Windows 7

I am doing benchmarking of several algorithms involving read/write to disk. As Windows provides some cache features, sometimes I get results like these : first run of the algorithm : 200 seconds ...
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SD card speed differences

I'm trying to benchmark a micro SD card, and in the process it seems that my laptop's card reader is to blame, but I would like to make more experiments to be sure of it. I have a supposedly Class 10 ...
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Is there any HPL benchmark analogs for CPU/GPU clusters?

I'm building little CPU/GPU cluster for my home needs. Im using this cluster for CPU and CUDA computing. I have 3 PCs and each of it has 1 or 2 videocards and each of it has different CPUs. I need to ...
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Benchmarking RAID array with gnome-disk-utility

I want to run a quick benchmark to see if there is any performance advantage of my RAID 1 array. Array is the system disk, and while I can run benchmarks on each single disk, I can't find how to do it ...
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Clues to guess CPU performance for single-threaded tasks

Can one somehow guess how for example Intel Core i5-3320M @ 2.60GHz (dual core) and Intel Core i7-3612QM @ 2.10GHz (quad core) would compare on basic single-threaded tasks? I know this is problematic, ...
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Low benchmark= faulty or slightly faulty cpu?

If a phone/computer scores slightly lower on a benchmark than the rest...not drastically but significant enough to be noticed could the cpu be damaged? What I am asking is that if a cpu is damaged ...
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Test disk write speed on existing partition

I want to benchmark write speeds on a disk in an existing server setup. I suspect there is a problem with the write perf of the controller. Benchmarks I have tried (SiSoft Sandra, HDTune) report that ...
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Why the here-strings in bash are slower than piping the input to a command?

I compared the execution time for unix here-strings and pipe data input to bc: pipe time for i in {1..1000} do echo "sqrt(5.09)" | bc -q > /dev/null done real 0m3.584s user ...
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How can I decide real vs virtual cores if i need intensive calculus?

Assume that I have a computer called A with a processor that has two cores and has hyperthreading, i.e it has 2 cores with 4 threads (I understand that this can supply to 4 processes simultaneously), ...
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Multi-threaded execution of simple perl/python script

Some years ago a friend created a 'benchmark' (Note: Not a benchmark) by which wouldwhich we measure one raw aspect of computing power. Namely how fast (or indeed slowly) the computer could count to ...
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Why are some computers are slow during file copy process?

I have a modern laptop (quad-core i5 2.5GHz, 4GB RAM, ) at work. But it is very slow and unresponsive when I copy files in the background.On the other side, at home I have a simple 2-core PC (E2180 2 ...
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ZFS raidz2 performance issues read/write speeds on Freenas

I'm having some performance issues on my home backup FreeNas box using a raidz2 configuration and I am wondering what might be causing it (not enough processing power, eco drives?). It's running: ...
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Is it necessary to tweak config for a new SSD?

I've read some years-old posts that say you should tweak some options in Windows to get the best performance. But then I read that this is no longer necessary with today's SSDs. I installed a new ...
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Why the results of Truecrypt and cryptsetup (LUKS) benchmarking are so different?

I want to encrypt a part of my HDD. But before that I wanted to benchmark the different algorithm available wondering if I should choose aes-xts-256 or aes-xts-512. Note: I don't have aes hardware ...
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How to benchmark hard disk? [duplicate]

I am trying to benchmark my hard disk and find the throughput in Mb/s and latency in milliseconds. This is my code: public class OneMB implements Timer { public static void main(String a[]) throws ...
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Is there a list of graphics cards ordered by relative performance?

I'm struggling to make sense of graphics card manufacturers' cryptic names and codes for their products. For example, some cards with a higher number or code in the name are actually less powerful ...
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What does the file /proc/cpuinfo tell me about the hardware?

I rent a server which should have "2 Cores x 2,2 GHz". When in run the command cat /proc/cpuinfo I get the following result: processor : 0 vendor_id : AuthenticAMD cpu family : 15 model : ...
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Is bigger capacity ram faster then smaller capacity ram for same clock and CL?

I know that bigger capacity hard-drives with the same RPM are faster then smaller capacity hard-drives. I was wondering if the same is true for ram. Given two ram clocked at 1600mhz and with identical ...
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Find out information about installed hard- and software using the terminal without admin rights

I have access to a remote server, to which I login via ssh. I don't have admin rights, but I like to find out as much as possible about the machine, among other things to see If I get what I pay for. ...
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Why is the clock speed readout greater than the maximum?

(click for full-size image) What is this madness? (I'm aware that the top number refers to the non-Turbo Boosted clock speed, but what of the others?)
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Poor performance of single processor 32bit Windows XP xompared SMP in VBA+Excel

Welcome! On many computers I experienced poor performance of 32 bit guests running on 64 bit Linux host (I used only the Debian family). At last I managed to collect benchmark data. I made the ...
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Intel's i7 2700k vs 3770k on Ram Frequency

The major difference (IMO) between the two is the max RAM frequency. 2700K = 1333 MHz 3770k = 1600 MHz Will this make noticeable difference and if yes in what type of applications will I ...
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Do uninterruptible power supply increase the life expentency of hardware?

Do UPS increase the performance or life expectancy of the hardware connected to it? What if the UPS has a built in line conditioner?
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How do I tell which desktop CPU is best for virtualization with 6-8 virtual machines?

I am looking to run between 6 and 8 virtual machines, each running Windows XP. Each virtual machine would run Magic Online (MTGO) and a few scripts for data sharing. The host itself would run nothing ...
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Searchable disk benchmarks

I'm trying to find a web site that has a searchable database of hard drive, SSD, and flash drive benchmarks. Ideally I could search by model number and get the following information: Seq read max, ...
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Is sleep mode harmful for a computer?

For the last 1.5 years I've tended to put my laptop in sleep mode rather than turn it off. Recently I started to feel it's not as fast as it was when I bought it, even if I restore a fresh Windows 7 ...
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Quality control for a large number of promotional USB flash drives

My company is ordering a large number of USB flash drives for promotional purposes as well as retail sales. We will be getting a sample of them shortly to test. The previous lot that we had failed ...
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How can I produce high CPU load on a Linux server?

I'm currently in the process of debugging a Cacti installation and want to create CPU load to debug my CPU utilization graphs. I tried to simply run cat /dev/zero > /dev/null, which works great, ...
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Comparing SSD benchmarks

here's the problem... I am looking at some SSDs benchmarks, but when comparing I didn't understand some benchmarks on tom's hardware and on passmark. Why is the Vertex 4 behind the other two drives ...
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Looking for a free - no install tool to test cpu speed (including multiprocessors configurations)

I'm looking for a tool which can execute a number of different CPU speed tests. I just want to compare how much faster my computer's CPU is from another. I also want to test "just one core" because ...
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If a CPU overheats, is it possible that its performance will subsequently diminish as a result?

I recently built a system with an Intel I5 2500K processor. I made the goofy mistake of not perfectly securing the stock heat sink onto the processor. One of the clips wasn't quite all the way in, so ...
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Feasibility of putting two Intel 520s in RAID0 on a 3 year old board

I have a 3+ year old i7 rig (using an old ASUS P6T Deluxe) which currently has two SSD's in RAID 0 using the on-board Intel Matrix Storage RAID Controller (The predecessor to Intel RST?) - The SSD's ...
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How come my Intel 520 180GB SSD performs extremely poorly?

I recently installed a new Intel 520 series 180GB SSD in my brand new MacBook Pro. The system is as follows: Model: MacBook Pro 15-inch, Late 2011 (MacBookPro8,2) Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7 ...
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Updating Apache on OS X

When I run ApacheBench (which is included in Apache) on OS X Lion I get a known error. This is ApacheBench, Version 2.3 <$Revision: 655654 $> Copyright 1996 Adam Twiss, Zeus Technology Ltd, ...