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PerformanceTest allows you to objectively benchmark a PC using a variety of different tests then compare the results to other computers. Twenty seven individual tests are available in six test suites (CPU, 2D graphics, Hard Disk, Memory access, DirectX 3D graphics and CD/DVD). In addition, there are 6 summary results plus an overall "PassMark Rating" result. The benchmark results are presented as easy to read bar charts so that you can see at a glance the relative performance of your system without having to deal with lots of numbers. The tests are timed using high resolution timers, which are accurate to approx. 1 millionth of a second on most PCs. A major advantage is the built-in baseline results that enable computer systems to be compared. These baseline results can be used to determine how fast your computer is in comparison with other computer systems. The shareware version of PerformanceTest contains the baseline results from eight different computer systems. After the software is purchased the user can access PassMark's database of baseline results where many other benchmark results can be downloaded. The five advanced testing windows allow experienced users to create their own test scenarios and conduct an in-depth analysis of their hardware's behavior. Each advanced testing window allows the user to select from a number of parameters and when appropriate graph the results, export the results and measure the CPU load. By adjusting the input parameters it is possible to measure the optional performance under a variety of different scenarios. Advanced tests include network and memory bandwidth. The application includes the following additional features. Online help, hard copy print outs, baseline result creation, data export to HTML and GIF, Calculation of an overall PassMark Rating & the display of system information.