Looking for benchmark software that allows you to compare computers.

xoiio

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Hello all, I just got several new servers to add to my collection (as well as sell some of the lower end ones if possible, since I only really want/will be able to make use of one or two more), and of course, benchmarking will help me decide what to keep.

However, going through the reports to compare benchmark numbers isn't ideal, and, while I usually use parted magic with cpu blowfish, fibonacci, and the others it has to benchmark, it would not run on one of the systems, and might have the same issue on one of the others I have yet to test.

So, I am looking for a windows based program, preferably portable, that lets you benchmark system performance (namely CPU), and same that data, but also allow you to compare these right away, so that you can move a flash drive from computer to computer and see them all compared next to eachother.

I'm not sure if anything like this exists, or if it does, if it would be free, but it would be fantastic.
 

basroil

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You're going about it all wrong.
1) Figure out what you are going to do with the servers
2) Try making your own bench based on software and settings YOU use
3) Don't bother comparing things you won't use
 

xoiio

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I don't have anything in mind specifically, I currently have one which runs a teamspeak server (and is way overpowered to do so), so I started running seti@home on it, so that it was getting used a bit more (and high cpu usage doesn't seem to affect teamspeak at all, maybe if there were more people).

So basically I'm just looking for a general benchmark and comparison software that I can use to determine the best cpu performance, and compare it on the go, rather than have to go through individual report files, and various cpu tests like the ones parted magic has would be good.

If I need to benchmark ram, or hard drive, or gpu performance (gpu pretty much being irrelevant on blade servers, at least the ones I've had/seen), I can do that separately.

edit: Sisoft Sandra seems to be the sort of thing I am looking for, if it does in fact allow you to save and compare reports as I was thinking, unfortunately the lite version does not support server operating systems (which is what I have installed on my servers), so I'll have to look for an alternative, or find some other method of getting it (Assuming the pricing is ridiculously high for my use, which things supporting server os's usually are) and I'd rather not do that.
 

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In other words, you DON'T need to benchmark it because literally anything is fine. Unless you actually have a particular piece of software that you need, no benchmark will help you. You can estimate system performance through it's specs (i.e. Core i3 vs i7 5960x, ssd vs hdd), and that should be enough to know which computer is theoretically faster.
 

xoiio

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The issue is that I can't nail down the exact model of processor in some systems, so just going with "3 ghz pentium 4 vs 2.66ghz xeon" isn't exactly a great comparison considering the different technologies, so a general purpose, or multi pronged benchmark would let me compare things a bit better.

I'm looking to find the best overall system/better processor to keep, while getting rid of the other ones. Parted magic would work to do this except for the fact that it won't boot up on one of the systems that I would need to compare.

It doesn't matter if I need to benchmark or not, I want to, and am looking for a program that can give a decent benchmark result, or again, several approaches, cpu or in general, and not one of those programs that just spits out one number based on everything combined, since the gpu performance won't factor in, and the ram and hdd performance is not critical either.
 

basroil

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If you go to Control Panel\System and Security\System, you should be able to find the CPU info right there.

And a Xeon processor is almost 100% identical to a desktop chip with the same clock speed and architecture. The only differences are in ECC memory and slightly larger cache, neither of which are large enough differences for you to consider it (for general software)
 

xoiio

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Except that windows only states "pentium 4 3ghz", nothing more, and I have had issues with some of the other programs I use to retrieve cpu info before.

This time I was able to successfully determine that it was a 630, but again, aside from the core speed, it does not give me much more info than that, which is where a general purpose benchmark and comparison software would be ideal, because core speed is not the only thing which determines cpu performance.

If you don't know of a software which meets what I was originally looking for, and which I have repeated multiple times, then just leave it at that, I don't need someone telling me that I "don't need to benchmark", or offering "advice' which isn't helpful, and doesn't help me find anything which meets the sort of things I was looking for in the original post.

Again, it's not a matter of desperately needing this software or the world will end, it is software that I would like to have handy.
 

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Aida64 has benchmarks for different things (cpu, mem, disk) and other systems to compare with. I think it can be put on USB too.

Passmark is another one. You can download other peoples benchmark results online too and import them to passmark and compare with your numbers.
 

xoiio

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Aida64 is what I was thinking of though it only seems to compare to various similar processors, and there isn't a way to import others, I tried some passmark software before, but it didn't do what I had in mind, I'll check some of their other stuff.
 

xoiio

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That one does work fairly well, the text output only shows the current pc, for some reason the image output shows a bunch of different processors to compare to, and saves them on my laptop, but on the server (with an internet connection) it only shows the computer it is on. Perhaps it's a firewall setting or something but that is more of the desirable result. I'm going to run it on all the servers as well as some other software.
 

xoiio

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I ended up using CPU-M, Passmark, and novabench to get an overall idea, with passmark being the best for seeing where each processor has it's strengths and weaknesses, and novabench being the best for an all around rating, but mainly it gave the speed at which the ram functioned at (I'm guessing there is that option in passmark as well).

CPU-M has a lot of adware you might miss in the installer, and seemed to almost give a false reading, but the difference in several areas between the 2.66ghz xeon in one of the new servers, and the two 3.2ghz xeons in my main server is actually quite large, though that program only did multi threading testing on my laptop, none of the servers, so it's a bit iffy. The servers do rank the same as the other tests though.

Unfortunately there isn't anything I could find that lets you compare them in the program, but maybe someone else knows of something, I'll give it a couple days.
 

basroil

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Again, what the hell do you want to do with the servers? Tell us that and the CPU specs (Xeon X5440, P4D 630, etc) and we can tell you what is better for what type of application. All the benchmarking software in the world won't tell you if the chip is right for YOU unless you know what you need it for.

ccleaner, photoshop, and a million other programs will tell you what the chip name is (and worst comes to worst take off the CPU cooler and just read)
 

xoiio

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Again, general purpose, so something with various tests, as I stated previously, will give me an overall idea, and a helpful answer like recommending the passmark software gave me a program that tests various aspects of the cpu. If I want to run a program that specifically uses one of these areas, then I have that, and if not I have an overall idea. These things are pretty much just going to run whatever I need/want to run at the time, so there is no specific need, as I stated.

For now I guess I'll pick an actual helpful answer, and maybe someone knows of software that lets you build up your own database.
 
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