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Freebee Friday: Speed Thrills

Passmark a Is there anything worse than getting a bunch of new computers that perform no better than the older PCs they replace. Using Passmark’s Performance 7.0 benchmark software can not only gauge a PC’s overall abilities but it can tell you about the performance of six separate components, from processor and memory to 2- and 3-D graphics. It is essential equipment both for gauging how a PC is performing when new, but also whether it is slowing down over time. Most of the tests can be customized and there’s an excellent advanced procedure for testing networking speed between a client and a server. The software is free to try out and there are versions for 32- and 64-bit systems; sorry, no Mac or Linux versions. The program will remain active for 30-days and the licensed version, which never expires, costs $24.

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