How Fast Is My PC?

PC Speed TestIf the PC speed is going down or you think you have problems with the speed, it could be a good idea to run a speed test. Many things can make a PC slow, and to run a speed test is a great way to start with the troubleshooting task. Checking the PC speed has nothing to do with broadband and other internet connection related issues, and an online internet connection test is useless if you want to check accurate PC speed. A great tool that can save you a lot of time is Windows 7 PC benchmark testing by PCMark, the basic version is free.

PC Speed Test And Comparison!

PCMark 7 basic is a great tool to use if you want to check hardware performance and PC speed. As a registered member of PCmark 7, you will get your own online personal account and access to free tools and features. The best part is that you can compare your own benchmark results with other users, and every time you submit a result you will see how your score compares to other users that run similar hardware. As a basic member, you can only store one result at a time, but you can always upgrade if you need to store more results. I think that one result is enough.

Another tool that I have been testing lately is PassMark PerformanceTest. The free 30 day evaluation trial is great, and you can use it to test your CPU, memory, hard drive and other hardware speeds. You can also compare your own results with similar machines. If you like the software and want to upgrade, there’s a one time fee and you never have to pay annual fee’s or other extra charges. You can also move the software from PC to PC, so if you have more than one PC, you can use one software to test all your PC’s because there’s no hardware locking or online activation required.

What To Do If My PC Is Running Slow?

If you have run a test and found out that your PC is slower compared to other similar machines, it’s very unlikely that you need to upgrade hardware parts. You should try other things before you buy new parts, such as checking the CPU temperature, hard drive space and Windows related issues. If your PC is too hot or there’s not enough space on your hard drive, it will have an impact on your PC speed. You should remove all unneeded data, update drivers, defrag your disks, clean the registry and organize startup programs. When that’s done, run a new speed test.

A virus can cripple your system and make your PC slow, and if you suspect that but your current antivirus program has not detected anything, you should test another program. If your PC speed is similar to other PC’s using the same hardware, you could invest in new hardware if you want a faster PC. The best thing you can do is to buy an SSD drive and use it as your main disk. An SSD drive is much faster than a traditional HDD drive, and I think it’s better to spend your money on that rather than buying more RAM or a new CPU.

To keep an eye on and compare your PC speed with other similar machines, can help you avoid spending too much money on poor performance. If you don’t build your own PC, you should test the PC speed right away. You want to make sure you get the right hardware inside and not poor performing piracy parts. Using a speed test tool is easy and can be a very useful resource in your PC optimization arsenal.

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4 Responses to How Fast Is My PC?

  1. Shaun Hoobler June 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Hi Ludwig – as a new reader to your blog I though I’d just hop on and leave a quick comment here to say I’ve been reading a few posts and enjoying them very much. Cheers! Shaun
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    • Ludwig June 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

      Thank you Shaun for stopping by.

  2. Ronaldo Ferrer September 1, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Hi Ludwig,

    I agree with you! When my PC slows down, I defrag my drives and clean up my registry. Also, I always scan my files for viruses. BTW, my current OS is Windows 7. I’m satisfied with its performance. ๐Ÿ˜€
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  3. Samantha Vermillion September 4, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    Hi Ludwig,

    Thanks for this guide, My PC has been running very slow these days, i think it is because of the malware and virus infections. Subscribed to your blog by the way.
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