The Best Set Of Tools To Test A PC (By Stress, Performance and Benchmark Testing)

Whether you want to make sure that your computer's hardware is properly functioning, benchmark it, or just want to inspect a second-hand computer you're thinking of buying; the benchmarking tools and stress testing utilities in this list will help you a lot.

You can use these apps and software to thoroughly check up on a used laptop or desktop pc, as they enable you to spot any faulty hardware component or find out how much performance being impacted by its usage. So, this guide should also serve as life-saver for someone who's looking into a second-hand, or come across a "too good to be true" deal.


  • Benchmarking Tools

    All-in-One, multiple tests and feature-packed software:

  • PCMark

    Freemium Windows Android Android Tablet Website

    [Commercial]
    Made by UL Benchmark, PCMark 8 is a very robust suite of utilities built in one apps, it tests about everything, even the battery life and some well-known applications load times!

     

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  • 3DMark

    Commercial Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad ... Steam Website

    [Commercial]
    Also made by UL Benchmark, 3DMarks has got multiple simulations that will mainly stress test the CPU and GPU for various APIs (like DirectX9, 11 and Directx12, )

     

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  • Geekbench

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Website

    [Commercial]
    Geekbench measures your processor's single-core and multi-core power, for everything from checking your email to taking a picture to playing music, or all of it at once.
    Tests your GPU's power with support for the OpenCL, CUDA, Vulkan and Metal APIs; to test system's potential for gaming, image processing, or video editing

     

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  • PassMark BurnInTest

    Freemium Windows Website

    [Commercial - Free Trial Available]
    PassMark, another giant benchmarks database owner, offers several tools for testing pc hardware to check its stability, like Small PerformanceTest iconPerformanceTest. BurnInTest is pretty similar to PerformanceTest but claimed to be more intended for more professional level.

     

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  • Cinebench

    Free Mac Windows Website

    [Free]
    Cinebench is a real-world test suite that evaluates your computer's performance capabilities. It's the perfect tool to compare CPU and graphics performance. And best of all: It's completely free.

     

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  • UserBenchMark

    Free Windows Website

    [Free]
    UserBenchMark is well-known for its huge database of gpu and cpu scoring. Their software is kinda basic compared to the ones above, softly testing the processor, graphics, fixed drives, memory and usb.

     

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  • CPU Testing Tools

    These applications are specifically designed to stress test the central processing unit:

  • Prime95

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    [Free]
    It is commonly used as a stability test for overclocked computers.
    Prime95 includes a "Torture Test" mode designed specifically for testing for errors, ensuring the correct operation of the program.

     

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  • HeavyLoad

    Free Windows Website

    [Free]
    Bring your PC to its limits with the freeware stress test tool HeavyLoad. HeavyLoad puts your computer under a heavy load and lets you test whether it will still run reliably.

     

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  • GPU Testing Tools

    These applications will specifically test the graphical processing unit:

  • UNIGINE Benchmarks

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Website

    [Free]
    Extreme performance and stability test for PC hardware: video card, power supply, cooling system. Check your rig in stock and overclocking modes with real-life load! Also includes interactive experience in a beautiful, detailed environment.
    Using the newest workloads is recommended, so running the "Superposition" or "Valley" simulations should do the trick.

     

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  • Furmark

    Free Windows Website

    [Free]
    FurMark is a very intensive OpenGL benchmark that uses fur rendering algorithms to measure the performance of the graphics card.

     

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  • RAM Testing Tools

    A faulty RAM is pretty common hidden problem in used computers, so here is a list of software to check the Random Access Memory:

  • PassMark MemTest86

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Website

    [Free]
    A thorough, near perfect, but could take too long sometimes, that will run from UEFI with very practical testing algorithms.

     

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  • MemTest64

    Free Windows Website

    [Free]
    Lightweight, standalone utility that lets you check your system memory for problems at the hardware-level. It has a graphical interface, and can be run from within Windows.

     

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  • HDD / SSD Test

    For storage units tests:

  • Hard Disk Sentinel

    Commercial Windows Linux MS-DOS Website

    [Commercial - A free trial available]
    Monitoring hard disk's health with very advanced features.

     

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  • HD Tune

    Freemium Windows Website

    [Free - With some limited paid features]
    A reputable alternative to Hard Disk Sentinel, might not be as professional, but cheaper and it's definitely worth a try for its sufficient amount of features which get the job done.

     

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  • CrystalDiskInfo

    Free Windows PortableApps.com Website

    [Free]
    The most basic tool here, but it can also reveal lots of useful information about the disk like (write and read speed).

     

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  • Screen Test

    Find out if your screen has got any dead pixels.

  • InjuredPixels

    Free Windows Android Android Tablet Website

    [Free]
    InjuredPixels fills the entire screen with a primary or custom color, helping you to easily spot pixels that do not match the selected color.
    Or you can try web app alternative called: Small Monteon iconMonteon.

     

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My personal favorites in this list (which I always keep on my portable USB stick for troubleshooting a suspected hardware and when buying a used computer or even for buying a single component) are:

Whether you want to make sure that your computer's hardware is properly functioning, benchmark it, or just want to inspect a second-hand computer you're thinking of buying; the benchmarking tools and stress testing utilities in this list will help you a lot.

You can use these apps and software to thoroughly check up on a used laptop or desktop pc, as they enable you to spot any faulty hardware component or find out how much performance being impacted by usage time. So, this guide should also serve as life-saver for someone who's looking into a second-hand, or come across a "too good to be true" deal.

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Edited by: Malaz YAKTI.



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