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The best part about this tool is that the tests are fully customizable, as you may play with the number of threads to execute, thread priority, and quantity of operations, as well as generate detailed reports.
It supports 32- and 64-bit processors, multicore and multi-thread (maximum 16 cores) machines.
You are welcomed by a multi-tabbed layout that allows you to quickly switch between the most important functions of the program, namely Benchmark, Extended report, and Settings.
There’s no support for a help manual but rookies may check out several useful tips that are displayed in the primary panel before triggering a benchmark.
Testing your CPU performance
XtremeMark gives you the possibility to create a new test by selecting the number of threads to execute (1, 2, 4, 8, or 16), alter the priority of threads (minimum, low, normal, elevated, or maximum), pick the desired quantity of operations (10 or 100 million, 1, 10, or 100 billion), as well as choose between several types of reports (e.g. every single thread, global).
If you have a multi-core processor, you may opt for multiple threads for a better performance. You should take into consideration that if you opt for a high amount of threads, your system may temporarily stop responding until the test is completed.
More system resources are reserved for the test if you opt for a maximum thread priority but this may cause temporary slowdowns or system blocks until the completion of the test. A high quantity of operations ensures accurate test results but it is not recommended to select more than 100 million of operations if you do not have a powerful CPU.
At the end of the benchmark, you are offered comprehensive information about your system, such as operating system name, installed service pack, build type, version of the operating system, number of processes running, available and total RAM, available and total virtual memory, CPU manufacturer, model, and specifications, as well as current CPU frequency, and socket type.
Additionally, you can view details about the benchmark results, such as date and time when the test started and ended, executed threads, thread priority, quantity of operations, average operations per second, time taken by each thread, as well as global and total time.
Last but not least, you may save window position when closing, and save test preferences. You may export the report to RTF or plain text file format.
An overall efficient benchmarking utility
All in all, XtremeMark mixes up a straightforward approach with customizable and powerful benchmark tests in order to assess the performance of your processor. If you want to skip the installation steps, you can check you the portable version of the program, which can be found here.
XtremeMark was reviewed by Ana Marculescu, last updated on May 28th, 2014
Runs on: Windows 2K / XP / Vista / Vista 64 bit / 7 / 7 64 bit / 8 / 8 64 bit