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Over the next few weeks, we’ll show you how to run several commonly used benchmarks on your PC. Reviewers like me find this one very helpful when comparing laptops we’re testing against each other. But you don’t have to rely on us – you can easily run these benchmarks yourself on your own PC. Geekbench is one of the easiest and fastest to use and shows you how your device compares to the competition in some key areas.

Within Geekbench 5 (the latest release) there are a few different tests you can run. Geekbench CPU measures the performance of your processor and simulates both single-core and multi-core usage scenarios. When the test is completed, you will be given both a single-core and multi-core score. Geekbench Compute on the other hand, evaluates GPU performance, simulating workloads such as image processing, computer vision, and machine learning. Together, these three scores can give you an idea of ​​where your device is strong and where it is weak.

Geekbench also has a public database called the Geekbench browser, where results are uploaded automatically. You can check here to see how your results compare to the general field.

Please note that in order to use Geekbench, your device must meet the following requirements:

  • Mac users: macOS 10.13.5 or later, minimum 2 GB RAM, Intel Core 2 Duo or later
  • Windows users: Windows 10 (64-bit) or higher, minimum 2 GB RAM, Intel Pentium 4 or higher
  • Linux users: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (64-bit) or higher, minimum 2 GB RAM, Intel Pentium 4 or higher
  • Android users: Android 7.0 or later
  • iPhone users: iOS 12.0 or later

After checking if your device is eligible, here’s how to download Geekbench 5.

  • Go to Geekbench’s website
  • Find the correct version for the software you are using
  • Your download should start as soon as you click the button

You have options.

A screenshot from the Geekbench 5 website.

Check out some requirements while you wait for the download.

Open Geek Bench:

  • Extract the zip file and click on the icon with glasses and a blue/green bar graph
  • If you have a license, enter it when prompted — if not, click Later to run the free version
  • On the left, select the test you want to run. Click Run benchmark

Before starting the test, make sure your device is plugged in, all power and cooling settings are at maximum, and no other programs are running.

If you have not purchased a Geekbench license, you can still use the free version of Geekbench and get the same results. However, the free version requires an internet connection and cannot be run offline. It will also automatically upload your test results to the Geekbench browser when your test is complete. That means if you’re a reviewer testing unreleased devices, or you just don’t want your results made public, you’ll need to buy a license.

A screenshot of the Geekbench 5 app home screen.

Make sure the correct CPU architecture is selected.

A screenshot of a Geekbench Compute test in progress.

Like I said, not exciting.

Geekbench takes over from here – sit back and watch the test run. Both tests are very fast and only take a few minutes to run. Your results will appear as soon as they are complete.

Once you have your results feel free to dive into the Geekbench database for the test you ran to see how it stacks up. There are also leaderboards where you can see the all-time high scores (including some really insane machines).

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