The perceived PC speed is deceptive, as USER often imagines improvements only after completing software tuning. Upgrading the hardware ensures more reliably for temposhubs, but how big are you exactly? A reputable answer to the question of whether your own PC is increasingly working slowly during time and whether software tuning or hardware upgrade has paid off benchmarks. These also allow assessment of whether your device is working or weaker compared to computing from friends or colleagues. Analysis tools also reveal details about computer interior, including battery wear. The best programs introduce you to this article: The applications are partly specialists and swear to a specific computer component. Other software acts as a all-rounder and takes a whole series of components under the magnifying glass.

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Free Tools: Benchmark, Hardware Analysis and PC Diagnosis

Benchmark programs serve the relentless language of measured values – the higher they are, the sooner the rated PC components go to works. In the article and in the photo gallery you will find complementary tempo testers presented. Measure once and once after an important PC change, you have in terms of performance. Benchmarken every few months, is recommended to get any power losses on the legibly.

Who wants, compares his PC with his notebook – or measures his benchmark results with those of users around the world. Some tools offer a suitable upload function. The freeware tools described here cover three areas: benchmarks, stress tests and hardware analysis – the boundaries are partly fluid.

Disk and SSD tempo measure

An instance to determine the SSD tempo when reading and writing represents the AS SSD benchmark . If an SSD and HDD is installed, it is important to send both internal plates to the course of the course. AS SSD benchmark shows the determined pace either in MB / S (megabytes per second, also Mbps) or in IOPs ( I NPUT / O UTPUT O Perations P S ECOND, input / output operations per second). IOPS estimates the pace when accessing random addresses and is relevant to the felt PC speed.

Benchmarks are useful, among other things, if you want to replace a hard drive through an SSD – and want to know what factor the SSD is rasant than the old magnetic disk.

Before removing your hard drive and installing the new SSD, the hard disk measurement is. In this upgrade scenario “HDD Swap by SSD” you can clearly feel the tempo difference – in quasi all matters. Therefore, a benchmark here is not necessarily necessary. It makes sense to use a test if you change from a quick SSD to a more faster – from a SATA to a (M.2) PCIe (NVME) memory. The latter model works with strong load and parallelization of flotters to feel the measurable advantages in everyday life but almost never.

At this point, benchmarkers come into play, which ideally demonstrate that the NVME model overcomes the SATA transfer boundary of around 550 megabytes / second loosely overcomes. Incidentally, an NVME SSD is always a PCIe or M.2 form factor memory; While a PCIe or M.2 PCIe is usually, in some older models, the senior AHCI (such as SATA-HDDS and SSSDS) is used as some older models.

A handful benchmark tools displays as extra at the top of the window Basic PC info – the data does not go into detail, but give you a good overview of the key data of computer inner life. A screenshot function for detecting determined performance values and – a goodie – switching to other designs via supplied themes are partly part of the functionality. Although you also create screenshots via Windows on-board and special programs, but securing the data via benchmarker is a nice comfort feature. Compare older screenshots with each other with each other and with current readings, it opens up whether, for example, your SSD disk has lost at pace over time.

processor benchmark, all-rounder and specialists

In addition to AS SSD benchmark (see above) Cinebench is a common means to analyze PCs for your performance. Editorial offices with their test laboratories, for example, set the applications. Cinebench checks CPU performance and enables ranking to assess where your own PC is located with its performance.

The PC stability exploits

Helpful for about after the overclocking of the PC is Prime95 , which generates the calculation of prime numbers load and thus sets the stability of the entire system to the test bench. Alternatively, Super Pi Mod offers the thousands or millions of decimal places of the number Pi (22 divided by 7). Ultimately, a benchmark is also a load test, which (ENT-) packer 7-Zip has hidden in its menu bar such a function. Learn about the tempo with the typical 7-ZIP usage scenarios: when compressing and decompressing, each given in KB / S (kilobytes per second).

The special feature at 7-zip is that the CPU benchmarks take place completely in memory (RAM): There is no caching of data on the local data carrier. The execution in the main memory allows a good comparability of the results across multiple PCs; Which hard disk or SSD is inverted does not affect itself. The fact that no HDD / SSD load is created shows interested parties that the Windows Task Manager does not attest (increased) percent drive load during the course.

Hardware Analysis Programs including benchmarks

Check tools for the performance and loaded load often specifically provide information about the hardware. Looking for detailed information about computer interior, is Sisoft Sandra Lite better – including benchmarks. Useful are programs like Sandra, if you want to upgrade the hardware: You will receive clues to compatible hardware and any bottleneck. Likewise, you use the output data for help – post in a forum a problem description or contact manufacturer support, help your opposite information.

The analysis tool of the CCleaner maker Specty is slimmer than the Sandra solution; Benchmarks are missing, the overview is slightly higher. At the Specccy Star page, temperature values appear important PC components.

Thanks to fewer tabs Slim is also the info tool CPU-Z . It is an instance to determine processor details – and not everyone knows that the program the calculation unit on request benchmarkt.

Flash-based memory (RAM and SSD) Check for your health

Useful are special tools like Memtest , with which you check your memory for errors. Although the Microsoft systems dominate Microsoft systems with the on-board MDSched.exe, while a reboot is needed; Memtest, on the other hand, does not require ahead. As a side effect, use the application to fill the RAM. To customize the memory especially, start Memtest several times. A heavily filled main memory is mostly undesirable, but desirable for certain test scenarios.

The idea behind RAM checks for error: If your PC does not crash during long-lasting tests, the main memory is probably not defective. Are you installed with you several RAM latches and a test tool diagnosed inconsistencies? Then you will find the broken module through the exclusion method: by removing all memory chips up to one when the PC is switched off and then test it individually. If there is no error message, build the RAM bar, set the next one and check only. If you have identified the damaged component, build all blocks in the end and replace the corrupt counterpart.

The program SSDLIFE shows you the health status of your built-in SSD volume. It is interesting that the utility in some cases even indicates an approximate remaining memory residual life. To read the SSD health, SSDLIFE also shows the data set of your SSD drive written so far. The higher the value, the more worn is the disk. The information is not available on each drive, with more SSD models CrystalDiskinfo together (but this comes without a prognosis of the expected life).

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Determine the high-speed tempo of Windows

The Bootracer is recommended to determine your Windows boot time: How long does the system need to uphold? An advantage compared to a stopwatch: User inaccuracy due to a possibly not at the right time start / stop button is not an issue. In addition, the Bootracer records several values and prepares them as a benchmark chronicle. The tool allows simpler high-speed tests as the Windows Event Viewer: This offers similar, hides the protocol records that are relevant to you quite well. Furthermore, the performance research on the event viewer sometimes does not run, because since Windows 8, the quick start mode of the operating system has existed.

Multiple PC components benchmarks

With Novabensch you get a slim allrounder benchmark that checks CPU, RAM, GPU and Disk – optionally all in a passage or individual components. Some benchmarkers offer a function for screenshots, novbench goes another way. Here you just keep test results. It makes sense to designate the entries of the records with the test results meaningful.

More pace without money investment

Your PC should work faster, but you do not want to spend money for a new operating system or for more memory? In this case, it is worth taking optimizations with tuning software. In particular, the cleaning of the autostart proposes positively to the pace – in older and newer PCs. Extensive and self-critical is the Ashampoo WinOptimizer 18 (AWO 18). The suite is available for download here as a free full version. This applies cleanup, defragmentations and tweaking adjustments to your system.

Thanks to multiple benchmark modules, check the success of the acceleration tests. At least Windows is more stable, but that can be as good as do not benchmarks. Windows Bench Market In a way, its stability by on-board reliability monitoring (press Windows R, enter perfmon / rel; Previous program crashes appear here. Nice on the AWO 18 is that you upload benchmark results on request anonymously to a server of the manufacturer. In the browser, you then compare your own device with the hardware of other winoptimizer licensees.

The Defragglers defragmented by the CCleaner developers and compete with the “Defrag 3” engine in the Ashampoo WinOptimizer 18. Which noticed: Defraggler assesses drives in terms of performance.

Defragglers Tempotest works with hard disks and SSDs – where the use on the latter data carriers is uncritical when watching (analyzing clear, defragment but not). At the top of the drive list Select a memory and switch to the File List tab. Below is a click to “Check”. Then, Defragglers determines the fragmentation degree – that is unproblematic with SSDs when a subsequent defragmentation (no advantages; it carries to SSD wear) is omitted. In the compiled file list, click the entry of a file with the right mouse button, clicking on “Rate File” a pop-up click. Defragglers call them the “random reading speed” in “MB / S”.

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Windows 10 – / – 11 Task Manager Additional Use

A final tip for the Windows Borders: In addition to benchmark programs, the Task Manager is recommended. The most extensive is in recent versions of Windows 10 (also in Windows 11), so you should change it if necessary. Compared to the Task Manager in Windows 7, those in Windows 10/11 owns the significantly more modern design. Windows 8.1 holds with its bottoming in terms of optics, with the Windows 10 – / – 11-counterpace exclusive, however, the GPU load analysis.

If you can run the Task Manager at a performance-protecting application by the way, you will find out the percent capacity utilization of the graphics processor in addition to the memory and processor load. This option for GPU analysis came with Windows 10 1709 (case Creators Update). It is also useful if you have turned on in a Hardware Acceleration program (GPGPU) (or the software the GPU should use the GPU for the factory-based manufacturer) and want to ensure that such programs for relieving the CPU and acceleration actually the (GPU) graphics processor Turbo clamp into your calculations. Furthermore, do you experience what components strain a benchmark or stress test – does the software actually affect the propagated components?

Windows 10 1809 (October 2018 Update) enriched the Task Manager as well as a useful: Since then, the on-board stops in processes an indication of power consumption, such as “means”. In addition, there is a “power consumption (trend)” – Info. Good for the overview: across multiple operating system generations (Windows 7 to Windows 11, even under XP), the Task Manager controls an always front indication; Other programs can not cover it when using this function – useful, if you want to keep the PC load in view. Even if other programs have a “in the foreground” function, the Task Manager is usually gaining.