If you read a product review, like the ones we do at Trusted Reviews, then you’ll inevitably come across the term ‘benchmarking’ at some point.
But what does this mean and why do people like our team of experts use benchmarking tools when reviewing products? In this guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know about benchmarking.
What is benchmarking?
A benchmark is a series of simulated tests that evaluate various aspects of a device’s performance. You do this by running tests that convert data into numbers. These numbers are then compared to each other.
Each metric has a different focus. Some offer information about your device’s memory, others report on how well it will play PC games.
The most common testing machine is a computer, but you can also test your phone or any other device that has a processor and memory.
If you want to get more detailed data, you can install software on a larger machine, such as a server or cloud server.
Benchmarking is mostly used by engineers or product reviewers who use it to collect data and offer direct comparisons between devices.
What type of computer benchmarks are there?
There are many benchmarking programs available. However, not all of them are useful for all people. Some may not work on your particular system. You can also find the same metric for several different systems. That’s why you need to understand what benchmarking is and what it’s used for before choosing a benchmark that works for you.
For example, at Trusted Reviews we use various benchmarks to test different types of devices and areas of their performance. On PCs, we’ll often run general benchmarks like Geekbench 5 to get an idea of the CPU’s performance. 3DMark then measures graphics performance. We then use the PC Mark 10 battery test to gauge how much battery life it has.
Phone performance benchmarking
Many comparison apps can also be installed on mobile phones. They help you compare the performance of your phone. This is especially important if you are buying a new phone or if your phone is slow and you want to know if it is normal or broken. There are many apps that you can install on your phone. They help you compare the performance of your phone. You can find apps that give you information about how your phone is working and how you can improve it.
For example, if your phone is running slow, you can benchmark it and see what the problem is. You can also see how other people are using their phones and how apps are performing. You can find apps that provide detailed benchmark results. You can compare your phone with other models to see which one has better performance.
Limitations of comparative data
Benchmark data is a great tool for getting direct comparisons when testing devices, but it has its limits. In the past, companies have been caught playing benchmarks. This can be done in a variety of ways, such as forcing the device to focus only on running the benchmark test when its software detects that it’s running, artificially boosting the score in the process.
Benchmarks also typically don’t detect stability issues or software bugs. That’s why we always back up our synthetic benchmark tests with real-world usage to ensure that the data collected reflects our experience of actually using the device.