Are you worried about your computer’s working speed, performance and want to make sure it’s running at its maximum efficiency? Then I believe that you may want to check PC performance. Your PC’s processor speed and amount of memory mainly control the speed with which you are allowed to open and run programs. So checking PC performance time to time is actually important to determine your PC condition. Don’t worry; through this article, you will know it all about checking PC performance.
If you want to review the operating system information of your computer you can do it very easily.
- Go to Control Panel of your computer.
- Then click on System, or some may have System and Security and after that click on System.
You will find your PC features like this-
Which tests are run out?
You can do the floating point math test which describes the processor’s ability to perform a series of basic mathematical functions and calculations, the compression test which describes processor’s ability to compress a huge amount of data, and the single core test which mostly focus on single core performance. All of these tests can be easily done using Pass-Mark or PC-Mark or Geek-bench software. Moreover, there are some criteria that might affect the performance of your PC’s CPU:
- The frequency
- The number of cores and Hyper-threading
- CPU Cache
You may want to check your CPU upon these criteria.
2D Graphics test
You may do 2D graphics tests which mainly focus on drawing, scaling, fonts, elements in a user interface performance and their frame rate speed. This test can be done using software like 3DMark.
3D Graphics test
3D graphics tests which mainly involve the rendering of huge 3D objects on the screen, at different complexity, including various details, and more, as well as testing different APIs. These tests can be done using Heaven benchmark or 3DMark tools.
There are some criteria that can affect the performance of your PC’s Graphics card also:
- The graphics engine.
- The Bus.
- Memory-both quantity and speed.
- The clock.
- The memory frequency.
Two types of test can be done. They are – Memory Speed Per Access Step Size and Memory Speed Per Block Size. The tests are to measure the access speed of memory of different sizes. These can be done by using PerformanceTest application or Prima95 and so on.
There are many criteria that may affect the performance of your PC’s RAM:
- Quantity or size.
- The frequency.
You might do two tests; sequential tests which refer to large files being stored in a single drive, and random tests describe how the drive performs when lots of data are stored randomly in the drive. These tests can be done by using CrystalDiscMark (SSD and hard drive) or SSD benchmark (for SSD).
There are some criteria that may affect the performance of your PC’s hard drives:
- The transfer rate.
- Access Tim.
You can do all of these tests if you want to check the performance of individual components of your computer.
How to Check PC Performance
I know how frustrating it is when our PC runs pathetically slowly and takes so-called infinitely long to perform the most normal of tasks. A slow computer ultimately ends up wasting the very valuable time, effort and money in the long run. You may go to a technician for repairing your Windows PC and get its speed back, but again the following easy rules of maintenance can help you fix the system on your own may be.
The techniques are mostly listed in order, you should start with the first one, and should check if it fixes the problem related to your pc performance, and after that should continue to the next technique if it doesn’t. Again you can try them all if you want and may start it from the beginning. That’s your choice.
- Firstly restart your PC and only open those apps that you mostly need.
- Do make sure that you using the latest updates for windows and device drivers.
- Check your PC memory and memory usage and if needed empty some by deleting unnecessary files.
- Restore your computer from a system restore point.
- You can disable all of your unnecessary startups.
- Should check viruses or malware and if are found, remove them.
- Check the corrupted windows system files and eliminate them.
- You should adjust the appearance and performance of the windows of your computer.
- Adjust or if you can, turn off one drive sync.
- Finally, if all of these don’t work for you, you should reset your PC.
If doing the above things doesn’t make your pc performance better, then you should possibly approach a technician.
2. Using software
There are several software through which you can check pc performance. Such as – Novabench, PCMark, Passmark and so on. They are mainly called benchmarking tools or software.
I am going to describe the working procedure of PassMark Performance Test.
PassMark PerformanceTest is a very popular, faster and user-friendly tool for testing individual PC components. Besides, the tool can also generate very detailed reports which generally have all the relevant and necessary figures and graphs. You can also compare them with other’s reports saved in there.
Through this software, you can check performances of almost all of the major components in your PC including the CPU, disk drives, graphics card, memory or RAM, the network devices, and even the capabilities of the motherboard. After starting the PerformanceTest software, you have to choose one of the benchmark tests that you can run. There are many benchmark tests available. You can do whatever you prefer. You can also run all of these tests by choosing the Passmark tool. It has a very cool configuration that it can auto-detect your hardware configuration correctly.
For each of the individual test, this tool checks several different things to determine your computer’s performance. Like I described in the above, in CPU test, it checks complex mathematical calculations, data compression, data encoding and also physics; for 2D graphics, it checks for vectors, drawings, fonts, text, and interface elements and run tests in all components like this.
Software and tools have made the PC performance checking very easy and time-saving.
Compare Your PC Performance
You can compare your pc performance by using the benchmark feature. Actually, it is the most efficient and best way to check your pc performance and compare it with others. A benchmark is a test that measures the performance of some hardware or software or computer. These tests are used to compare how well some product might do with other products. When benchmarks are compared, the higher the values of the results are, the faster the pc component, hardware, software, or total computer is.
You can consider the benchmarks mostly useful as a guide to hardware performance. They are specifically good at showing how performances may improve from one generation to the next and can help you measure value for money of some product; for, you can easily see how it might be compared to similarly-priced alternatives. If you want to benchmark, you can do it very easily. There is much software available to do it.
Some of the software are-
- SiSoft’s Sandra
- Unigines Valley and Heaven
- SSD benchmark and so on.
Some of them are for the whole system benchmarking test or may be for various individual hardware components’ benchmark test. You have to install some of these after downloading or don’t have to with some of these.
Benchmark Your Total PC
You can use the software Novabench. It is very popular, free benchmarking software that’s been around quite a time now. You just have to download it, and then hit the ‘Test’ button, and it will run various tests over a couple of minutes. It gives an overall score and individual hardware measurements for different component performance. It has a very cool feature that is, to submit your results and can compare them with other user’s results.
PCMark, PassMark, SiSoft Sandra etc. software is also regarded as very good ways to measure overall PC performances. You can choose any one of them which you prefer.
You can benchmark individual hardware components separately also.
Now when you get the result of the tests of the PC performance, it is very important to understand the result of benchmarking tests. From the tests, you will get different scores of individual performances. On the internet, there is given many scores of the performances of different computers or their various components. You just have to compare and judge how your computer actually is. Moreover, applications like Novabench, PerformanceTest include the feature to compare between the user’s devices. You can try that also if you feel comfortable. The choice is yours anyway.
As you see, there are many ways to which you actually can check PC performance. It’s very easy as well very important sometimes. When you continuously use your computer, you may notice that its speed starts to reduce over time. Such sudden and a noticeable drop in your PC’s speed might be a symbol of the problem that can be easily fixed also. So do check PC performance time to time and if it needs improvement, do it by yourself manually or by benchmarking or by using the software.
That’ll all for now. Thank you and best of luck.