The latest version of the free CPU-Z utility has a quick CPU benchmark test that just takes a couple of minutes to run. As part of a personal project that I am working on (which I think will be very interesting and beneficial to the SQL Server community), I am trying to collect as many CPU-Z CPU benchmark results as possible, covering as many different families and models of processors as possible. If you have about five minutes of spare time, perhaps you can help me with this!

With CPU-Z 1.75, simply click on the “Bench CPU” button on the Bench tab (as shown in Figure 2). Once the test finishes in a couple of minutes, take a screenshot of that tab (ALT-Print Screen in Windows), and paste it in an e-mail. Then take a screenshot of the CPU tab (so I can easily identify your processor), like you see in Figure 1, and include that in your e-mail. Another way to get these screenshots is to hit the F5 key, while you are on those two tabs, which will save a .bmp file in the same directory as CPU-Z.

I am mainly looking for results for bare-metal, non-virtualized machines right now. If possible, make sure the Windows High Performance power plan is enabled, and that your machine is plugged in (if it is a laptop or tablet). Ideally, you would do this while your machine is relatively idle, so that all of the processing power is available for the test.

If you run this on a server, please don’t do it while it is in Production!



Figure 1: CPU-Z CPU Tab


Make sure to only click the Bench CPU tab, not the Stress CPU tab!


Figure 2: CPU-Z Bench Tab

Once you are done, simply send me your screenshots by e-mail. Please don’t try to return any results by comments on this blog post.

If you would like to do this for multiple machines, that would be great!  Thanks!