A Benchmark CPU is the result of complex tests to measure processor performance. It represents the performance score of a CPU.
A typical processor reference test will compare the test system to the standards for the type of processor used. CPU specifications typically measured by a reference test include:
- Clock speed
- Number of instructions executed
- Cycle registry calls
- General factors of architectural efficiency
In some cases, which industry professionals may refer to as overclocking, the processor is made to run faster than the proposed standard. Manufacturers will measure peak performance and average performance to understand the total capacity. Many different types of tests have been performed that test the processing speed or quality of one of these devices. These are important because the processor is such an integral part of the computer that it critically affects its performance in essential ways.
The software that helps determine the benchmarks must be suitable for specific operating systems. It is also essential for human users to understand how available memory affects processor speed. By monitoring CPUs over time, a person can become more familiar with current standards for computer performance and become more professionally aware of how the processor works and what kind of capacity it should have.