Best GPU Tests: How to Benchmark Your Graphics Card

Running a few GPU tests is one of the first things we do whenever we build a PC or upgrade one, perhaps with one of the best graphics cards. Not only is it a great way to find out just how much things have improved thanks to the upgrade, but it also lets you ensure you’re getting the expected performance from your new hardware. Stress testing to check power, temperatures, and overall cooling on your PC is also important so that you don’t run into future problems. And it’s not just about GPU testing ; if you upgrade your processor with one of the best gaming CPUs, you can use these same techniques to check performance improvements. These are the best GPU tests: the ones we use for our reviews (or have used in the past) and GPU benchmarks and hierarchy page, how we run them, and some other options you can look at to see how your PC and graphics card stacks up.

There are three primary types of GPU tests: actual games, ‘synthetic’ graphics card benchmarks, and compute benchmarks. Running a game you actually play, or want to play, is usually the best way to test performance. We’ll cover how to do that in a moment. Synthetic tests are typically very easy to run, but they only tell you how your PC handles that specific benchmark — which may or may not equate to real-world gaming performance. Finally, GPU compute tests are usually quite different in how they work compared to games. If you’re big into running Folding@Home or you use a GPU accelerated application like LuxCoreRenderer, that’s great, but specific optimizations for certain GPU architectures can make a big difference in how your PC runs any specific workload.

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