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Xbench was developed in response to the lack of convenient benchmarking tools on Mac OS X. It provides a range of useful tests, and is constantly being improved to offer accurate results that can be compared between different Macs.

What's New

Version 1.3:
  • Corrected a mistake that caused the altivec test to be turned off on PowerPC machines
  • Turned off coalesced graphics updates for all platforms on Mac OS 10.4.4 and higher
  • Switched compiler to GCC 4.0 on PowerPC. This provides some boost to floating point and AltiVec scores, and these have been recalibrated accordingly. This also raises Xbench's system requirements to more...

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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MacUpdate-Lon Member IconComment+558
MacUpdate-Lon
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Update, update, update… Who's got the update?

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Version 1.3
Mark3785 Member IconReview+8
Mark3785
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Looong overdue for an update. The latest officially recognized system is the Core 2 Duo. The thread test must be disabled to prevent freezing. Practically abandonware. Places too much weight on the speed of the storage media. NOT cross platform compatable

If all other tests are disabled it makes a handy tool for comparing storage media and interfaces. Extensive db for comparing results with other systems.

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Version 1.3
Jokyo Member IconReview+54
Jokyo
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I really like this app. I have been using it on all my Macs over the years and it can really give great insights on how your machine is performing. I really hope the developer fixes it so we can use it in Lion. PLEASE *-) I think there are many of us.

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Version 1.3
Mikael B
+0

I ran it in Lion, but it hang midtrough or at least it took too long time.

Jokyo
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If you disable Thread Test it will run right the way through. It can't deal with the new CPUs Apple uses.

Mikael B
+0

OK, but I believe my Core2Duo CPU is supported, just not under Lion. This was in 32bit kernel mode too.

Mattes.hh Member IconReview+3
Mattes.hh
+3

Works well with 10.6, but doesn't work with OSX 10.7 (Golden Master)

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Version 1.3
Misha Member IconComment+1791
Misha
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These days, Geekbench seems to be the better tool (it's still updated and is a better indicator of modern Mac and Mac OS X performance).

The only thing Geekbench is missing is a hard drive benchmarking feature. Xbench has this.

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/20855/geekbench

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Version 1.3
Rob06au Member IconReview+16
Rob06au
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The app has always worked well for me and has just got better.

To add to previous post anyone who doesn't read the documentation is asking for problems.

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Version 1.3
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Xbench is a highly popular 'benchmarking' suite for Mac OS X. The current version is released as a universal binary and is only 52k larger than its 644k predecessor.

While I am glad that more developers are releasing UB applications, I think this may represent a 1 step to the side two steps back approach for Xbench, merely because of the change in the baseline machine.

A Baseline was established and existed for months prior to this. Most of the benchmarks on current machines that exist on the web and many older ones use the older standard. Now everything must be recalculated and adjusted. This is find for the Xbench site (simple recalculation) and for the application except smaller numbers mean slightly lower levels of precision. For third party sites that did reviews based on the previous baseline set it becomes a task. Do you round each task up, round down, leave it alone? A lot of the old reviews can't get the hardware to do this sort of test again. So, I think a markdown for the benchmark is required. The step forward is just that we can get a test result from an intel based mac. Note: Although there weren't any/many intel specific optimizations performed, the intel part was compiled w/ gcc 4 while the ppc w/ 3.3? Sounds like it should be fair.

The text drawing (quartz) bug is still present; if you run it a couple of times the characters are mapped and the test result is about 4x larger than a first time run. For applications like this several runs should be done to get a good 'mark'.

So, if you want to compare your machine to reviews online you may want to keep your older xbench version around since this one doesn't gain you much.

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Version 1.2
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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it just puts all that stuff in your computers memory making it go faster... indeed unreliable

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Version 1.1.3
Magnus Näsmark Member IconReview+3
Magnus Näsmark
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Xbench does not work. I was running the graphics benchmarks many times in a row. After three times the text benchmark increased 100% all of a sudden. Other results improved as well, but not as much. If nothing in the setup has changed this should not happen.
Therefore I do not believe Xbench is a reliable tool for benchmarking. When looking at some results reported at XLR8YourMac is see the same thing happening.

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Version 1.1.3
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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helped me solve a scare that my 867 was only running at 533mhz, according to terminal. i ran Xbench at 533 and 867 and received the same results, so it answered my question, great app.

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Version 1.1.3
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Date 13 Aug 2006
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