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Benchmark testing can be a good indicator that your PC or Mac is not
running how it should be.

Benchmarking puts various components in your machine under various
levels of stress an records it’s response times.

Benchmarking has been around for many years, but recently benchmarking
communities such as the one over at
http://novabench.com/ have started to get more and more popular.

IT Geeks and Enthusiasts alike pit their tech muscle to see who’s
device is the fastest/most powerful.  On the back of such communities
you can use benchmarking to help you pin point bottlenecks in your
computers hardware.

Applications such as http://novabench.com/ perform tests such as
floating point tests, MD5 hashing tests, RAM speed tests and disk
read/write tests.

Novabench supports both Mac and Windows devices, and is completely
free of charge. So why not check out their website and grab a copy.

If you do test your device why not posts it’s results below, go up
against my 17″ unibody MacBook Pro?

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  • Mike Hudson

    in ‘Better battery life’ mode:

    Verified NovaBench Score: 422

    Test run on January 30, 2011
    Mac OS X 10.6.6
    MacBook Pro (MacBookPro5,2)

    Intel Core 2 Duo running at 2800 MHz

    NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT GPU

    8192 MB System RAM (Score: 150)
    - RAM Speed: 2945 MB/s

    CPU Tests (Score: 220)
    - Floating Point Operations/Second: 55188408
    - Integer Operations/Second: 113523184
    - MD5 Hashes Generated/Second: 817337

    Graphics Tests (Score: 26)
    - 3D Frames Per Second: 63

    Hardware Tests (Score: 26)
    - Primary Partition Capacity: 465 GB
    - Drive Write Speed: 47 MB/s

  • Mike Hudson

    In ‘High Performance’ mode:

    Verified NovaBench Score: 548

    Test run on January 30, 2011
    Mac OS X 10.6.6
    MacBook Pro (MacBookPro5,2)

    Intel Core 2 Duo running at 2800 MHz

    NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT GPU

    8192 MB System RAM (Score: 151)
    - RAM Speed: 2987 MB/s

    CPU Tests (Score: 219)
    - Floating Point Operations/Second: 54487400
    - Integer Operations/Second: 113438128
    - MD5 Hashes Generated/Second: 817305

    Graphics Tests (Score: 150)
    - 3D Frames Per Second: 313

    Hardware Tests (Score: 28)
    - Primary Partition Capacity: 465 GB
    - Drive Write Speed: 57 MB/s


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