How to Benchmark Your Linux System


If you go out looking for PC benchmark results, there’s a very strong chance the tests won’t perfectly translate to performance under Linux, since they were likely run in Windows. This is particularly true if certain hardware has limited support in the Linux kernel. However, there are still plenty of tests you can run in Linux, and the vast majority of them are free.

Testing in Linux

Linux users can find an easy-to-use test for their systems in the Gnome Disks utility, which comes with both the Gnome 3 and Ubuntu’s Unity desktops. Though the utility is most often used to administer disk partitions and software RAID, it features a built-in benchmark. It’s pretty basic, but will suffice for a general overview. Simply search for Disks in Ubuntu’s dash (or Gnomes Activities panel) to find the utility.

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