When The edge conducts reviews of laptops (and sometimes phones), they are always benchmarked to measure various aspects of a PC’s performance. However, benchmarks are not only used by product reviewers. They can help us all in different ways.
Benchmarks can let you know if (and maybe even why) a new PC will measure up to your old one. They can help you figure out why your current PC is stuttering during your favorite game. They can let you know if your current setup can handle the latest and greatest game or if you should start thinking about upgrading. And they can help you decide what to upgrade: do you need more memory or would a better graphics card suffice?
The edgeThe chief PC reviewer, Monica Chin, is an expert on benchmarks of all kinds, and she has written a series of articles describing what each benchmark measures and how you can use it to assess your own computer system. See how to become your own best technical diagnostician.