The process of running a computer program to assess performance.

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What do I need to consider when buying hardware to meet my needs?

I'm looking to build a new computer from the ground up. I'm not sure what to look out for and need guidance and help on how to pick the hardware needed to construct my new rig. How do I know what to ...
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What are the best free(ware?) PC performance benchmarking options out there? [closed]

I'd like to get a rough idea on the performance of my machines, so quite simply: what would you guys recommend as decent, free benchmarking software? Please specify whether your suggestions are good ...
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How to measure disk performance? [duplicate]

A friend has asked me to perform maintenance oh his computer. The described symptoms point to a performance issue with the hard drive. I want to objectively confirm this suspicion by measuring the ...
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Good OS X Hard Drive Benchmark

What software can provide some insight on the performance of the hard drive in my MacBook Pro? I would be interested in both sequential and random read and write performance. This is in the context ...
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AFP, SMB, NFS which is the best data transfer protocol?

I have a computer with large hard disks running Gentoo. I have to serve med/big files via a wired network to Apple devices (all of them running OS X). Which protocol is the best for the following ...
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What options do I have for benchmarking software? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the best free(ware?) PC performance benchmarking options out there? Can anyone tell me some benchmark software for Windows? I'm using PassMark PerformanceTest ...
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What are good benchmarking programs for measuring usb stick performances?

Title pretty much says it all ... anyone know of a benchmarking program for measuring usb sticks read/write speeds ? (if it can produce its own files, even better ... in terms of (lots of small ...
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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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Are there any benchmarks showing difference between hardware virtualisation enabled/disabled?

I have a 13" sub-laptop/large-netbook, it has an AMD Athlon Neo X2 L335, and I chose this one because it supports hardware virtualisation. In the end, I hardly do any virtualisation on it, however, ...
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Bad NTFS performance

Why is it that NTFS performance is so lousy compared to, for example, Linux/ext3? Most often I see this when checking out (large) source trees from Subversion. Checkout takes around 10-15 minutes on ...
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Is there an equivalent of Memtest86 for CPUs?

I need an easy way to do system stability tests. I have come to rely on Prime95 which does a fantastic job of proving stability (or instability) very quickly; but it requires an OS installed. I would ...
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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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Installing HPL, makefile problems

I've followed this guide up until step 5. When I run $make arch=intel64 it gives me the following output: make -f Make.top startup_dir arch=intel64 make[1]: Entering directory `/hpl-2.0' ...
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ssd running slow

I have a Kingston SSDNOW on sata 2. Doing a benchmark i get these results: As can be seen, the sequential write performance is terrible. Below even 100 MB/s. Also why do the tests labelled 4k show ...
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Compare two computers

I would like to compare my notebook with my iPhone (about power (speed)). i need something that is really "official" or let's me make a clear statement because I'm using it for a bachelor thesis. is ...
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Testing hard disk read write speed

I want to compare the hard disk read/write speeds on two different computers. Is there free software that does this?
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Suggested benchmark for testing CPU footprint of antivirus software

Our organization is currently running Symantec Corporate Antivirus, which is rumored to be a big resource hog. I know that we do have a lot of older machines that are running slow. Our PCs are all ...