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Benchmarking tools?

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I just built a computer and I'm wondering what the best benchmarking tools are. I would prefer links to them and descriptions.

There might already be a thread out there discussing this, so if there is, please direct me to it!

Thanks for the help guys.
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    Here are the two I recommend:
    Prime95 - Most used downloaded software to stress your system to make sure it is stable throughout each process (overclocking... etc.). This is not a true benchmark program but it does test your system for stability and heat issues.
    Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage (Vista / Win7) or 3DMark06 (XP) - Most used downloaded benchmark software to be compared against to see how your system ranks with similar parts.
  2. tecmo34 said:
    Here are the two I recommend:
    Prime95 - Most used downloaded software to stress your system to make sure it is stable throughout each process (overclocking... etc.). This is not a true benchmark program but it does test your system for stability and heat issues.
    Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage (Vista / Win7) or 3DMark06 (XP) - Most used downloaded benchmark software to be compared against to see how your system ranks with similar parts.


    Techmo34 has it. I've seen Prime95 around the net and at a couple of different over clocking sites they use it a lot among the hardcore over clocker's. 3DMark has been around for a long time and a lot of print magazines and professional review sites use it. Even seen 3DMark scores talked about around this site.
  3. +1 for what techmo34 already posted.

    In addition to those try these. For hard drive benchmarking/testing try either HD Tach http://www.simplisoftware.com/Public/index.php?request=HdTach or HD Tune http://www.hdtune.com/

    For a great benchmarking/information program try PC Wizard 2009 http://www.cpuid.com/pcwizard.php it is extremely useful.

    Of course CPUZ http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php Actually anything from the CPUID people is generally great.

    If you want a pure speed test try Super Pi. There are several variants just Google it.

    If you want to monitor temps. then Real Temp http://www.techpowerup.com/realtemp/ Core Temp http://www.alcpu.com/CoreTemp/ and Speedfan http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php are all good to have.

    And the last one I can think of would be RivaTuner http://www.guru3d.com/index.php?page=rivatuner

    Hope that helps!
  4. Thanks for the help, I will give these all a shot.
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