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Geekbench provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and accurately measure processor and memory performance. Designed to make benchmarks easy to run and easy to understand, Geekbench takes the guesswork out of producing robust and reliable benchmark results.

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Version 3.1.6:
  • Bug fixes.


  • OS X 10.6.6 or later

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Shk747 Member IconComment+136

why comes the "direct" update later than with this thread here ?!

my geekb. shows 3.1.5 curently the "newest" ...

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Version 3.1.6
Grandpa John

Ditto. There seems to be no way of getting 3.1.6 since every avenue leads to 3.1.5.
Is 3.1.6 even available?

Mcr Member IconComment+180

Mactracker provides CPU benchmarks for the majority of the Mac models, including the variants within the same model line, where the CPU speed differs. Since the list of Apple models is finite (large, but finite) and the specs are consistent between models, I would think there would be little variance in benchmark results for a specific model, once a particular model (for example, a "iMac10,1") is tested and the results posted, whether posted by Mactracker or just other users with the same model.

So if I own a iMac10,1 at 3.06GHz for example, why should I or should I not expect that my benchmark result would be significantly different from that listed in Mactracker, for the same iMac10,1 @ 3.06GHz?

If the answer is yes, it could be significantly (+/- 5%) different, then I would say, why? if the answer is no, i should expect pretty much the same result, then running the same benchmark when test results for a model have already been posted, seems redundant?

If one suspected there was a problem with their system, yes, running a benchmark might help troubleshoot a problem, but if it's just to gauge and compare between models, I would think the results posted in Mactracker are sufficient for comparison.

BTW, I'm not advocating that you shouldn't use Geekbench. I can see a use for memory benchmarking, as people do buy third party memory and would want to compare brands or the impact of more/less memory.

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Version 3.1.4
Invalid Member IconComment+32

Can someone at MacUpdate amend the system requirements to OS X 10.6.6? Geekbench re-added Snow Leopard just one day after the 3.0.0 release, in version 3.0.1.


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Version 3.1.2

Thanks, Invalid! I've changed the SysReqs to reflect the earlier OS.

Rardin Member IconComment+36

Is 3.1.0 being pushed via the automatic update mechanism? Even a day after MacUpdate announced that 3.1.0 was available, 3.0.2 is still the latest version available on the Primate Labs web site.

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Version 3.1.0

Very strange. MacUpdate claims (and lets you download) a new version but PrimateLabs, makers of Geekbench don't!

MU have gotten into the annoying habit of reporting beta versions as updates so maybe that's happened here. Both the in app update checker in 3.0.2 and the PrimateLabs website don't report 3.1 as of this posting.


I also wondered if 3.1.0 might be a beta. The MacUpdate folks usually attempt to indicate when software is beta, but every now and then an update slips through the cracks.


Using the automatic update feature of the program indicates that it is a new version, but will not install because "the update is improperly signed."

Primate Labs' version is 3.1.2. That installs and runs with no problems.

Grandpa John Member IconComment+43
Grandpa John

Just to let folks know, updating to version 3.0.2 via the usual update process through the application update menu item will not work. You get a dreaded "not properly signed" alert. But updating through MacUpdate Desktop works just fine.

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Version 3.0.2

Yeah ... I'm getting REALLY SICK of in-app updates that fail (not only for Geekbench, but also for other packages. As Grandpa John says, and despite what the blurb above says, the version 3.03 updater fails with an 'improperly signed' error. Perhaps toasting the goolies of the Sparkle or other update software supplier may rectify this increasingly common problem ... it may be worth a try.

Anon42 Member IconComment+17

The system requirements for Geekbench 3 appear to be 10.7.5 or greater, not 10.5.8 or greater as listed by MacUpdate.

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Version 3.0.0
Radus Member IconReview+25

best tool for cross platform comparison, fair pricing policy over the years, recommend it highly, bought version 3 (cross platform)

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Version 3.0.0
Aargl Member IconComment+354

How fair is geekbench?
To all the GB enthusiasts here: One thing to consider is that scores can be very different between two versions of GB!
I've tried v220 against v227 on an iMac G5 running OS 10.5.8:
- v220 score = 1044
- v227 score = 1365
This is apparently because they introduced new tests for newer computers and OSes.
I had to use v220 because it's the last one supporting Tiger and that's funny to notice that my 10.4 partition gave a 1281 score, which appears a lot better than Leopard in v220 and slightly worse in v227...
Other trials on a more recent Intel mac gave worse results with OS 10.8 than with 10.6...
In the end, the most important thing is the day to day ‘feeling’ in current tasks and those benches are not really telling you much about that. ;-)
(the same applies for a given app that may be not optimized for your system, which ruins its performance, no matter the amazing score it has... the worse being the Finder, the all-time weakest and slowest part of OSX)
Anyway, when comparing OSes or computers, be sure to use the same version everywhere, if you want coherent results! (and possibly use the root user to be sure you haven’t anything running in the background ;-)

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Version 2.4.3
Maximas Member IconReview+43

Great to compare my old slow iMac with the latest models. It remembers me I have to buy a new one asap. :-)

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Version 2.4.3
THEE:LEE Member IconReview+116

Use it everytime I get a new mac, a great tool!

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Type Utilities / System
License Demo
Date 14 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
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