Best Free Benchmarking Tools for Windows 7
Here is our list of the top 3 benchmarking tools for Windows 7:
Fraps 3.2.5 – Available from www.fraps.com, Fraps will record how many frames per second (FPS or FrPS, the origin of the utility’s name) are displayed in a single portion of your screen. Custom benchmark testing can also be performed, enabling you to measure the frame rate between two points on your display.
Fraps also features screen capture and video recording tools, enabling you to take images from games and even record your progress. However these services cost $37, and are incidental to the free benchmarking.
NovaBench – Comparatively modest to Fraps and 3D Mark is NovaBench, a useful utility available from novabench.com. Despite the stripped down presentation and basic function set, NovaBench is probably the best place for any new benchmarker to start, providing as it does both graphics and PC hardware benchmarking information.
With NovaBench you can execute free computer performance tests on graphics separately to your general overall system testing and also choose from several CPU tests which can be used to assess your PC or laptops performance in certain situations.
3D Mark – The latest release of this benchmarking software supports DirectX 10 as well as providing statistics on the performance of your PC in handling SM4.0, geometry shaders and introducing new CPU and PPU testing.
Different releases of 3D Mark are available; the basic, free version is 3D Mark Vantage, with two premium versions available at $6.95 and $19.95. Note before you head over to www.futuremark.com to download the full version that this tool is 413 MB in size.
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