How to Run Geekbench on Your Phone or PC

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Over the next few weeks, we show you how to run various commonly used benchmarks on your PC. Reviewers like me find them very useful for comparing the laptops we test against each other. But you don’t have to trust us — you can easily run these benchmarks yourself on your own PC. Geekbench is one of the easiest and fastest to run and will show you how your device stacks up against the competition in a few key areas.

In Geekbench 5 (the latest version), you can run several different tests. Geekbench CPU measures the performance of your CPU, simulating single-core and multi-core usage scenarios. Once the test is completed, you will get both a single-core score and a multi-core score. Geekbench Compute, on the other hand, benchmarks GPU performance, simulating workloads such as image processing, computer vision, and machine learning. Together, these three scores can give you an idea of ​​your device’s strengths and weaknesses.

Geekbench also has a public database called the Geekbench Browser, where results are automatically uploaded. You can look here to see how your results compare to the general field.

Note that to run Geekbench, your device must meet the following requirements:

  • Mac users: macOS 10.13.5 or later, at least 2 GB of RAM, Intel Core 2 Duo or later
  • Windows users: Windows 10 (64-bit) or later, at least 2 GB of RAM, Intel Pentium 4 or later
  • Linux users: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (64-bit) or later, at least 2GB RAM, Intel Pentium 4 or later
  • Android users: Android 7.0 or later
  • iPhone users: iOS 12.0 or later

Once you’ve verified that your device is eligible, here’s how to download Geekbench 5:

  • Go to the Geekbench site
  • Locate the appropriate version for the software you are using
  • Your download should start as soon as you click the button

You have options.

A screenshot from the Geekbench 5 website.

Review some requirements while you wait for the download.

Open Geekbench:

  • Unzip the zip file and click on the icon with glasses and a blue/green bar graph
  • If you have a license, enter it when prompted — otherwise, click Later to run the free version
  • Select the test you want to run on the left side. Click on Run a benchmark

Make sure your device is plugged into AC power, all power and cooling settings are at maximum, and no other programs are running before you start the test.

If you haven’t purchased a Geekbench license, you can still run the free version of Geekbench and get the same results. However, the free version requires an internet connection and cannot be run offline. It will also automatically upload your test results to the Geekbench browser when your test is complete. This means that if you’re a reviewer testing unreleased devices, or just don’t want your results made public, you’ll need to purchase a license.

A screenshot of the Geekbench 5 app home screen.

Make sure the correct processor architecture is selected.

A screenshot of a Geekbench Compute test in progress.

Like I said, not exciting.

Geekbench will take care of it from here – sit back and watch the test. Both tests are very quick and should only take a few minutes. Your results will appear once they are complete.

Once you have your results, feel free to dive into the Geekbench database for the test you took to see how it compares. There are also leaderboards where you can see the all-time high scores (including some really bonkers machines).

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