What is a benchmark computer?
A benchmark computer is a computer that is used to provide a specific calculation of how fast a particular calculation task can be performed with specific hardware. Benchmarking, a broader process that uses actual hardware to calculate computing speed, can be used to determine CPU clock speeds, processor performance, or the agility of the operating system and software application.
When using a benchmark computer, the speed of a task is calculated using actual equipment rather than simulating a projected speed based on specifications. This test-based type of benchmarking helps engineers understand how hardware works in the real world and how well various tasks can be implemented with a given set of parameters.
Benchmarking with a benchmark computer is often done to analyze the peak performance of a processor, CPU, or device. It can also help developers understand challenges with different types of slowdowns, whether they're related to hardware or software issues. Some researchers are now using an advanced method of analysis to get many different results from many different benchmark computers to get an average result. For a particular computer, it helps a user to regularly benchmark before and after changes to determine whether those changes have affected the speed of the device.