8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 13, 2007 1:12 PM by bicomputational
Ben Collier Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)
Hi guys - me again!

I could have sworn that there was some software out there that did live tests of your mac to see how fast it was and then showed it on a global scoreboard so you could see how it fared... only I think my Mac is slowing down? I do constant housekeeping and am backing up weekly, plus DiskWarrior-ing monthly ( as I heavily use Logic and edit samples etc) but I don't know if its me or the machine slowing down?

Many thanks,


Mac Pro dual 3Ghz - still very happy with it!!, Mac OS X (10.4.8), 4GB, 250+500GB HDD, 2x 23" Apple HD Display
  • William Lloyd Level 7 Level 7 (21,020 points)
    The software is called Xbench.
  • Ben Collier Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)
    coolio... 169.45 is ok I suppose?
  • William Lloyd Level 7 Level 7 (21,020 points)
    It's hard to say. I don't actually think Xbench does a great job showing the overall speed of the system -- I'm not sure it can fully use all 8 CPUs.
  • Ben Collier Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)
    haha 8 core **** no i still got my lovely dual 3ghz... Is there anything else you would recommend test-wise?
  • Forrest McElfresh1 Level 5 Level 5 (4,115 points)

    xBench scores are highly subjective, due to HDD tests et al, That said a score of 100.00 is normalized on a dual processor G5 ( xBench v1.3 ). So a score of 50.00 would be relatively half as fast, a score of 200.00 realtively twice as fast
  • Ben Collier Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)
    ok, thanks
  • infinite vortex Level 7 Level 7 (21,400 points)
    Be aware that Xbench actually doesn't show the Mac Pro to be as good as it really is. If you actually watch your processor usage during the test they don't saturate. That means the test are actually over before the system has got itself going.

    Additionally, the test is, rightfully or not, very heavily weighted to your drive performance. It is understandable given the largest bottleneck in any computer will be the hard drive. By upgrading your drive, more to the point having the right drive, you can hugely affect your scores. For some reason the 4K uncached write test seems to have a disporportionate affect on your drive score. My Maxtor MaXLines do extremely well in this test and for this alone they'll beat the Raptors in Xbench. A 2 x Raptor RAID 0 in actual fact beat my 3 x MaXLine RAID 0, sometimes very convincingly, in all other test yet will rate lower. So take these with a bit of a grain of salt.

    As for the graphics processor, this barely makes a difference so if you have the ATi X1900 XT or Nvidia 7300 GT your scores will be essentially the same.

    By the way, my 2.66GHz comes in at 218…


    … which show you that you can squeeze quite a bit more out of your 3GHz. By the way, my scores come from an every day work setup and not a benchmark setup like some others. Scores do seem to be better with Mac OS X 10.4.9 as well so be sure to be running this version. My score was done with 10.4.7.

    Finally, Xbench is not always consistent so the best thing to do is to restart your MP, wait 30 seconds or so for it to settle down and then do like a best of 3 or so.
  • bicomputational Level 2 Level 2 (250 points)
    Try Geekbench. It is crossplatform, so not only allows comparison of
    Mac to Mac but also to Windows boxes. It tests only the CPU/memory
    subsystem. I have used XBench for years and find it useful, but I trust
    Geekbench more for CPU testing. Geekbench, as XBench, maintains a
    database of user submitted scores so you can see how your machine
    fares against similar machines.