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What is the best way to create a performance baseline for a Windows 7 PC?

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April 22, 2013 10:20:26 AM

It has been a long time since I have done this. Does Microsoft have a best practice? If so, I cannot find it. Thanks for the help.
April 22, 2013 10:25:21 AM

jshoe said:
It has been a long time since I have done this. Does Microsoft have a best practice? If so, I cannot find it. Thanks for the help.


Easiest way is to use Windows Index :p 
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April 22, 2013 10:39:46 AM

I'm more interested in looking at % Processor Time, Pages/Sec, and Disk Queue length. I want something more in depth than the above mentioned answer. I'm not sure exactly what counters are best to use and what the numbers should ideally be at. Thanks
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April 22, 2013 10:41:37 AM

jshoe said:
I'm more interested in looking at % Processor Time, Pages/Sec, and Disk Queue length. I want something more in depth than the above mentioned answer. I'm not sure exactly what counters are best to use and what the numbers should ideally be at. Thanks


Use Cinebench or 3DMark for graphics & SiSoft's SANDRA 2012 for your CPU :) 
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April 22, 2013 11:03:28 AM

What are you trying to measure? Generally if I'm doing an upgrade of some sort I find a selection of 2-5 benchmarks that are geared toward the item in question. Benchmarking tools are designed to record their results, be reproducible, and be easy to use.

I mean, sure you could make an excel sheet that filled with a huge array of formula's and time how long it takes and record yoru CPU usage and things, but what's the point when you and run Sisoft and Passmark and call it a day (especially if you want to compare your results with others, they just have to run teh same version as you).
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April 24, 2013 10:20:23 AM

Traciatim said:
What are you trying to measure? Generally if I'm doing an upgrade of some sort I find a selection of 2-5 benchmarks that are geared toward the item in question. Benchmarking tools are designed to record their results, be reproducible, and be easy to use.

I mean, sure you could make an excel sheet that filled with a huge array of formula's and time how long it takes and record yoru CPU usage and things, but what's the point when you and run Sisoft and Passmark and call it a day (especially if you want to compare your results with others, they just have to run teh same version as you).


There is a Microsoft way to benchmark a PC. It was in a textbook I read and I'm not sure where it is. I want to see a baseline- especially on servers. That way I can go back later on and see what has changed.
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April 24, 2013 11:35:02 AM

jshoe said:
There is a Microsoft way to benchmark a PC. It was in a textbook I read and I'm not sure where it is. I want to see a baseline- especially on servers. That way I can go back later on and see what has changed.


If you are benchmarking servers you probably want to find something similar to what they are working on in a benchmark tool, or use actual data that they are working on.

Performance Monitor is more for "If I do this work, what is my computer doing" or "While I do this work, what is slowing things down most" kind of questions.

Benchmarking tools go the opposite way and say "If I do this work, how fast can it be done in a reproducible way to share results across machines".

Different tools for different questions.
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