Xbench
Xbench
1.3

3.8

Xbench free download for Mac

Xbench1.3

14 August 2006

Benchmarking tool for OS X.

Overview

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 in Xbench

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 10.3.9 or higher.
  • Revised machine database to include the MacBook, Intel iMac and several other models
  • Added code to dynamically load machine database on launch from the Xbench website
  • Added support for temporarily turning off beam sync on Tiger while running graphics tests
  • Fixed an issue that causes Xbench to fail to launch on Leopard
  • Built with Xcode 2.4

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How would you rate Xbench app?

17 Reviews of Xbench

0.5
Mattes-hh
13 July 2011
Version: 1.3

Most helpful

Works well with 10.6, but doesn't work with OSX 10.7 (Golden Master)
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MacUpdate-Lon
19 December 2013
Version: 1.3
Update, update, update… Who's got the update?
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2.5
Mark3785
05 September 2012
Version: 1.3
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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5
anonymous-tyrannosaurus-5294
27 November 2011
Version: 1.3
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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0.5
Mattes-hh
13 July 2011
Version: 1.3
Works well with 10.6, but doesn't work with OSX 10.7 (Golden Master)
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-M-S-
29 July 2010
Version: 1.3
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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5
Rob06au
14 August 2006
Version: 1.3
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.
(0)
3.75
Anonymous
01 August 2005
Version: 1.2
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.
(0)
Anonymous
05 November 2004
Version: 1.1.3
it just puts all that stuff in your computers memory making it go faster... indeed unreliable
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3
Magnus-Näsmark
07 September 2004
Version: 1.1.3
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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4.5
Anonymous
27 February 2004
Version: 1.1.3
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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4.25
Anonymous
15 January 2004
Version: 1.1.3
I just downloaded this benchmark utility, and I have to say I'm reasonably impressed. It tests both the hardware and the OS of the system, with tests for things like FLOPS/sec and thread locks/sec. It was reasonably quick to run. My only complaint is that the submit function wasn't working for me. Also, I think that the program should come with sample data from a wider variety of systems, rather than just a G4/800. In particular, I was rather curious how many times faster than my system a new G5 would be, or how much faster the cheap systems I see on ebay would be. Since the website is down, I have to detract some points for useability. But, hopefully, when the website is back up, I'll be able to browse the submitted results, and get a better idea of how slow my G3 really is...
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5
FrontPage
12 September 2003
Version: 1.1.1
This is what is used by some prominent Macintosh reviewing sites, and it goes through the whole spectrum of tests to check your system. It doesn't really bother me that you can't compare. Because I am using it to check specific parts of my latest system (Quicksilver 2001) to see how new apps, firmwares and hardware affects the computer's ability as I add these. There's a reason why many people and websites swear by this application, because it works and it is consistent. iBook G4 500Mhz Quicksilver G4 733 Mhz upgraded to 1.2 Ghz Powerbook G3 500 Mhz Beige G3 Minitower 333 Mhz upgraded to 450 Mhz G4
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3.25
Anonymous
29 August 2003
Version: 1.1
decent app. would like to see comparisons of similiar Macs and other Macs without having to log onto a website. The website seems to choose random Macs to compare you against and compared my eMac 700 against a FULLY loaded eMac 800. That doesn't help me any because of course a machine with 1gb of RAM is going to be faster than mine. Maybe a screen that allows you to choose which makes you want to compare with? Otherwise a decent app and runs well with plenty of detail to the scores. It gets low scores on features and ease of use because of the comparison problem.
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5
Invader Trax
04 February 2003
Version: 1.0
Excelent benchmarking app. My iMac is #1 out of all submitted iMac G3's on the site :D
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4.75
Anonymous
17 January 2003
Version: 1.0b6
They sure can design nice software, but the alert when you enter their web page which says you should not use Safari is... Anyway, nice program but too many updates for my taste.
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5
Anonymous
17 January 2003
Version: 1.0b6
This version is really great. Nice consistent scores. This app has come a long way since I first tried it. It's helped me identify performance weaknesses and helped me enhance my system's performance. I also like the new site to compare my system to others. Looking forward to more great improvements...whatever they may be.
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5
Jaguar Jim
15 January 2003
Version: 1.0b5
No ratings? It's the best and only real benchmark utility for OS X...period.
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