How fast is your Mac? That probably depends on what you mean by fast. Is it fast at converting a movie file? Fast at ripping a CD to iTunes? Does it render web pages quickly? Or, does it download files and movies from the internet fast? How do you know if your Mac’s graphics are fast (compared to other Macs)? Geekbench knows some of that.
Performance Measured Is Performance Improved
Geekbench is a Mac app that measures your Mac’s performance with a click. And, by performance, I mean an array of tests of your Mac’s CPU performance.
There’s not much to Geekbench. Double click to start. Click Run Benchmarks to test your Mac.
Geekbench starts off on a series of tests. You sit back and watch.
The results are geeky, hence the name Geekbench for a Mac benchmarking utility.
My iMac’s Geekbench score is 11,573, as recorded in the Benchmark Summary.
Geekbench also displays System Information, Integer Performance, Floating Point Performance, Memory Performance, and Stream Performance.
What I didn’t get is what I wanted. How fast is my Mac’s 1GB video card? How fast is the SSD? How hard would it be to put in a test of my internet connection?
Xbench, on the other hand, is another Mac benchmarking tool which hasn’t been updated in years, which does more, but not on Mac OS X Lion.