Everybody needs their PC or laptop to be better, and the obvious solution is to go out and buy a new computer or upgrade the components in the device that you actually own. There are many hardware components that can boost a computer's performance, such as an SSD, more or faster memory, or the CPU (Central Processing Unit). Since the processor is a computer's main core, it makes sense for an improved CPU to help improve the overall performance.
Most games would run faster, it would take less time to process video and audio, Windows would generally work better, and resource-intensive tasks would be done faster. The problem with purchasing or studying a CPU is that hundreds of people like Intel and AMD are on sale at any given time, and thousands have been published in recent decades. This causes an issue because finding the right CPU that offers the best value or quality you're looking for becomes more challenging.
A simple solution is to use a website that lists the performance of the processor and allows you to directly compare different processors, such as the current and another CPU, so it is much easier to see what kind of improvements you could get. Here we have 5 websites listing the results of the CPU benchmark and enabling direct comparisons among processors
- PassMark Benchmark Charts
Passmark is perhaps the other most popular benchmarking program in addition to the Futuremark packages. Scores are based on their own performance test suite and several charts are based on high/mid/low end, weight, single threads, types of sockets and power output. For graphics cards, hard drives, RAM and mobile devices, there are also other tables.
The Mega List is useful for sorting by type of socket or getting quick clock speed information while the searchable Model List is a complete list of all CPU scores where you can easily filter by rank, performance, value or alphabetical order. The Design List is also the page that allows up to three separate processors to be compared directly. Just look into the search box for the CPU in the list or type part of the model name, hover over its list entry, and click Compare. So, when you have up to three, press the Comparison button in the box to the right.
If you want to get about any processor's technical specifications going back decades, then CPU World is the place to visit. The computer CPU benchmarks page allows you to see the ratings for a single processor, compare two or more processors with a few clicks, or even a whole range of chips.
You may choose either the family type (Celeron / Core i7 etc) or the socket type (939/1155/775 etc) after selecting the manufacturer from the drop-down. You can choose a different processor further down by the name of the model or the name of the component. To add the individual chip to the list or the entire range from the family or socket type, pressing the Add to the selected button on the right. Once the list has been added to all appropriate CPUs, click Display Benchmark Map.
Depending on the chosen exam, the results page will give a number of different scores. These are modified from the drop-down and include 3DMark, 7-Zip, Cinebench, FLAC encoding, H264 encoding, Crystalmark, PCMark, WinRAR, Sandra, Superpi, and wPrime performance. Clicking in the results on the CPU model will take you to the complete information tab, or the orange question mark on the right will give you a short pop-up display. The list of available CPUs does not include some of Intel's or AMD's new.
AnandTech is a well-known and respected news and review website for hardware that has been around since the 1990s. In addition to CPUs, the AnandTech test pages have a range of results for different hardware styles, including SSDs, graphic cards, laptops, tablets, and CPU coolers.
The results can be presented in one of three ways: either search the complete list of CPUs by each result of the test, list the scores for a single CPU, or compare two separate CPUs in a single result collection. Select the category under Browse CPU Benchmarks to browse what all chips scored in a single test, and then select the individual test below to show the results. Based on whether you choose gaming, task workloads or SYSMark scores in the drop-down group, the individual tests will change.
Simply pick the chip in the Choose First Product to drop down to get all scores for a single processor and press the Show Single Product button. To compare a second CPU with the first, insert it in the drop-down of the second feature and press Comparison display. Somewhere in the range of 250 different processors, including the new Skylake chips, can be presented or measured from both AMD and Intel.
HWBOT is a site dedicated to the overclocking of enthusiasts. We even have the most extreme tweakers of tournaments, contests, and world record lists. There is also a page dedicated to the comparison of CPU benchmark scores over a number of tests along with each selected processor's basic specification.
The HWBOT comparison chart lists by default and picks a number of popular and higher-end CPUs, such as i7's and i5's, untick each if you do not want them to be compared. If the CPU you want to view is not identified then enter the search box a few characters of its model name and click on the result of the search to add the processor to the list. It presents the CPU specification at the top instantly and applies it to the rating map at the bottom of the test.
The benchmark chart shows the scores you have chosen for all processors. There are a number of tests to compare, including the test suite of PiFast, SuperPi, PCMark, Cinebench, WinRAR, Geekbench and HWBOT. Just click or untick what you want to see and immediately refresh the data. Whether these ratings also contain overclocked scores or are results based on stock speeds alone is one thing we're not aware of.
CPUBoss is a website dedicated to head-to-head comparisons spanning over 15 years of a wide range of processors. Other useful information such as internal and external feedback, technical discrepancies between comparable processors, user comments, and test scores are available as well as specifications. Companion SSDBoss and GPUBoss websites are also available.
You can get all the details in one of two ways, just enter all or part of your model name in the search box for a particular CPU, this will display everything the platform has for the specific CPU. In order to compare two CPUs, enter all or part of the names of the model in each box and press the Compare button, a direct comparison like this is displayed.
In addition to the CPUBoss analysis, which focuses its scores on overall performance, overclocking, and quality, individual third-party tests from 3DMark, Geekbench, Cinebench, Passmark, Sysmark, and X.264 are also accessible. Remember that the number of benchmark results can vary depending on which CPUs are being measured as both need to be checked to show the result, so only two or three scores are not unusual for various generations of CPUs.
Note: Clearly there are other websites offering similar resources to those we have not mentioned above, including Tom’s Hardware Performance Charts and Userbenchmark.com.