Utility software

Free and Cheap Software for Benchmarking like a Pro

Whether you're a power user or a novice, there has never been a better time to learn about benchmarking. Some people enjoy exploring the cutting-edge 3d engines employed in some gaming benchmarks, while others take their custom-painted, neon-lit rigs into competitions for speed just as serious as their four-wheeled hot rod counterparts on real racetracks. Just about every major tech blog or hardware site uses one or more of the suites in this roundup. Despite the power, they're easy to use.

3DMark Basic

3/5

PCMark 7 Basic

4/5

Heaven DX11 Benchmark Basic Edition

3/5
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Fraps

4/5
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