Geekbench 4.0 launches with refreshed UI and new benchmarks

By , Aug 30, 2016

Geekbench 4 Icon

Geekbench, a popular hardware benchmarking app for various platforms by Primate Labs, has been updated to version 4.0 on Tuesday.

The update brings enhancements to the look of the UI and adds a number of new benchmarks to help you get an idea of how fast your computer or mobile device really is.

The best benchmarking app just got better

Geekbench has been my favorite benchmarking app for OS X and iOS for years and has helped me rank my machines against some of the best. I’ve used it for Windows too, but since I personally don’t use Windows that often, I can’t say I use it that much.

Adding a number of new benchmarking formulas, Geekbench 4 will give you a more accurate reading than the last version did. Its new Compute benchmark now lets you get a reading of your computer’s GPU performance.

Geekbench compute benchmark

If you have a Mac with dual graphics, which many of the higher-end models do, you can choose the GPU that you want to benchmark. For example, you can peg out your Mac’s integrated Intel graphics, or you can benchmark your Mac’s discreet graphics card instead. Compute uses OpenCL for its benchmark testing.

In this case, we’ve selected our AMD Radeon R9 M370X graphics card rather than our Intel Iris Pro integrated graphics because we’ll get to see the maximum performance of our machine that way.

Compute Benchmark Geekbench

After going through its various tests, you will eventually get a score that pops up in your default web browser as usual.

A fresh UI

Geekbench 4 has also been slated as a UI refresh for the software. After opening the software for the first time, we see the nice use of blurs as an aesthetic to make the app look more modern on current versions of OS X, as well as emboldened use of colors on the title bar and window.

Yeah, it just screams stylish now:

Geekbench UI 1

Apart from those new colors getting your double-take, the actual interface itself looks pretty similar to how it did before. Your basic run-down of information about your machine is displayed, as well as the ability to change between 64-bit and 32-bit tests.

The sidebar on the side of the Geekbench window is very nice and lets you change between a CPU test, GPU test, and viewing in-depth information about your device. Geekbench provides an array of info about all of your Mac.

Geekbench UI 2

Just like all recent versions of Geekbench, Geekbench 4 is cross-platform and works with all of the following operating systems:

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Linux
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows

To get it on your computer, you can head over to Geekbench’s website. The trial version is a free download, but to purchase the full version, you’ll have to shell out a sale price of $11.99. Those who want the iOS version can download it from the App Store for free for a limited time before it goes back up to the price of $0.99.

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    • Chris Owen

      Thanks for the heads up:)

    • Jayy


    • Xee

      Got it – thanks

  • leart

    looks like is pulled out from app store right now

    • It’s because Geekbench 4 isn’t live yet. It should be soon.

      • leart

        even the 3 it’s not present in appstore.. this delay means that they probably made a change in the latest minute or their app was not approved from appstore .. I’m saying maybe 😀

      • I’m sure you’re right about it not being approved “yet” but it has to go through a review process. The Geekbench website says it will be available, so I think we’ll just have to wait a little longer.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        I tried downloading it from the French App Store about 3hrs ago and it said that it couldn’t be downloaded at the moment. Signing out and back in iTunes / App Store account fixed it and now I have the app.

      • [RECON1]

        Or my comment disappeared lol

    • Arjan Vlek

      The link on their website is wrong. If you search in the App Store you’ll find it!

      • leart

        no, even in appstore still its not showing … not a big deal.. i dont like to put my device in stress for nothing 😀

    • Julio Hernandez

      Just search up geek bench 4 it’s up for me

      • leart

        for me still its not available lol

  • Mallouk Malek

    not showing in my search ! can’t find it in apple store even when using their own website to redirect!

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    We’ve got the same rMBP, @anthonybouchard. Also, the trial version of the OS X Geekbench app only features 32-bit CPU tests. Is there any way to run a 64-bit test using the trial version or does the app have to be purchased?

  • Josiah

    I really hope for the people that have the official Geekbench 3 Mac App Store app it will update to the newest version. I paid for the Mac App version and don’t really want to pay for a new version of the same thing

  • It sure is. The article has been updated.