Geekbench 6 brings new benchmark that better gauges multi-core performance via modern software usage models

Software firm Primate Labs on Tuesday announced the launch of Geekbench 6, the latest iteration of one of the world’s most popular multi-platform benchmarking programs.

Geekbench 6 running on macOS.

At the forefront of the latest Geekbench update, Primate Labs says the software incorporates updated CPU and Compute workloads that should better model real-world task and application usage to give users a more realistic picture of how a device should handle during regular use.

In a blog post, Primate Labs explains how Geekbench 6 takes into consideration today’s devices’ higher CPU core counts, machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities, and the way we use our devices, when determining its scores.

Geekbench 6 running on Windows 11.

Modern workloads that may be more hardware intensive that Geekbench 6 now takes into account include the following:

– Blur backgrounds in video conferencing streams
– Filter and adjust images for social media sites
– Automatically remove unwanted objects from photos
– Detect and tag objects in photos using machine learning models
– Analyze, process, and convert text using scripting languages

In addition to how we use our machines, Geekbench 6 tests now take into account the the larger file sizes and more complex file formats we work with today, which include:

– Higher-resolution photos in image tests
– Larger maps in navigation tests
– Larger, more complex documents in the PDF and HTML5 browser tests
– More (and larger) files in the developer tests

And as we noted earlier, Geekbench 6 is also getting revamped in the way it tests performance over multiple cores, which is important given the higher CPU core counts being found in the latest machines. Primate Labs describes the changes below:

Rather than assigning separate tasks to each core, the tests now measure how cores cooperate to complete a shared task. This approach improves the relevance of the multi-core tests and is better suited to measuring heterogenous core performance. This approach follows the growing trend of incorporating “performance” and “efficient” cores…

Geekbench is widely used to grade hardware performance, especially in terms of year-over-year Mac, iPhone, and iPad upgrades. It’s also a great metric to comparing Apple’s devices to other manufacturers’ platforms. The latest improvements will make it even easier to gauge hardware performance across these devices.

Geekbench 6 is free to download for iPhone & iPad and Android mobile devices. It’s also free to use for macOS, Windows, and Linux machines for personal use.

A pro version of Geekbench 6 can also be had for commercial use, albeit at a cost. Until February 28th, it’s a cool 20% off, bringing it down to $79.

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