Keeping up with the Joneses isn’t just an old saying. It seems to be the way we’re wired. We humans keep score.
We want to know how we’re doing, how we can do more, and probably break a commandment or two every time we see the Joneses and their new house, car, jewelry, or smartphone. That brings up the basic question, ‘How fast is your Mac compared to the latest and greatest Macs?‘ There’s only one way to know. Geekbench.
This is the only app that performs benchmark testing for Windows PCs, Linux PCs, Android devices, iOS on iPhone and iPad, and, of course, the Mac. If you want to know how your aging, creaking, slumbering Mac compares to the newest versions, Geekbench has a score or two to tell you.
Geekbench runs tests designed to simulate a number of real-world usage conditions. It’s multi-core aware, both 32-bit and 64-bit, and features stress tests and scores you can use to compare your Mac with others, new and old.
Others? Test results can be uploaded and viewed in the Geekbench Browser so you’ll know how fast or slow your Mac (or any of the other devices) really is. The only real problem I have with Geekbench is that it doesn’t do enough. It runs tests on Integer, Floating Point, Memory, Stream performance, but nothing to monitor disk performance. Trust me, a Mac with SSD storage are notably faster than Macs with traditional HDD (hard disk drives), and can make an old Mac feel new again, and Geekbench completely ignores storage performance.
Otherwise, it’s about the only way to compare your Mac to what the Joneses down the street are using.