A Very Handy List of CPU Rankings

I'm typing this on a PC which, according to Windows, has an Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q8200 running at 2.33 GHz.  I can easily find this out, by right-clicking on the My Computer icon and choosing the Properties option.

But just how good is a Q8200 compared with, say, an AMD Athlon 2800+? 

With so many hundreds of processor options available, how do you know whether the new machine you want to buy is actually faster than your current one?  And, if so, by how much?

Here's a quick and easy answer.  There's a huge list of CPUs at www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php.  From which I can see that my particular Q8200 has a Passmark of 3337 (which seems quite good), and is ranked 97th in the list.

So next a friend or colleague asks you which of 2 machines is the fastest, you'll know where to start.


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by jet005303199369... on 17. December 2010 - 18:32  (62839)

I think this was a useful list for myself (a neophyte) to look at while researching my new laptop purchase. At least it gave me an idea of where a particular processor stood and when combined with online consumer reviews of laptops, it was very useful. I didn't see any processor rated super high on this list that had a poor consumer review so, didn't notice any errors and this list gave a nice confirmation of what I wanted to buy.

Got a good buy on my laptop and it performs great!

by eikelein on 14. December 2010 - 3:22  (62425)

Oh how little does the CPU Passmark score say about the real life performance of any average, off-the-shelf system; and that is what 99% of the people have, right?

I have personally seen DDR2 systems with a single memory chip or with two single channel chips and poof, your memory works at only half the speed it could..

I have seen (recent) machines with ATA disks despite that they had a SATA capable mobo.

There are way too many Vista boxes with only 1GB RAM; the fastest CPU doesn't help in these cases.

Almost every day I am first hand experiencing the huge difference between Win7 32-bit vs. Win7 64-bit on otherwise identical hardware.

But maybe I am mired too deeply in average, every day home computing.

by Lekann (not verified) on 14. December 2010 - 2:02  (62420)

Nice way to check different processors so you can see the performance you can get for your money. Why buy a Porsche when a Volkswagen will do. :)

Here it the results/view I have used the most. It gives me a better visual to make quick decisions when shopping around for parts. (I have the link bookmarked to my phone)>



by hotrod32 (not verified) on 13. December 2010 - 21:38  (62411)

techlert is right. plus, the lists at cpubenchmark.net are based on figures from enthusiasts' computers, that is, they're into pushing the limits of speed and power. from what i understand, your average pc will fare worse than it's counterpart on the cpu list. it is a good list but be sure to take into account the amount of ram, graphics processing, etc, when you compare.

by techlert (not verified) on 13. December 2010 - 17:39  (62404)

I agree the Passmark CPU list is a great place to start -- to get an approximation of performance. The benchmark is more general and lab-based, less accurate at ranking real-life performance. Also be aware, the CPUMark number shown is the total for all cores. So I divide that number by the count of cores to get a better reflection of how the processor ranks for video encoding. This is due to the fact that the video encoders I use most frequently are not multi-thread yet. Then I research real-life, often at Tom's Hardware.

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