Geekbench

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Geekbench
Geekbench5 linux.jpg
Developer(s)Primate Labs Inc.
Written inC, C++, Objective-C, Python, Ruby
Operating systemLinux, macOS, Windows, , Android and iOS
Platformx86-64, ARM (Android/iOS only)
Size89 MiB (archive) / 129 MiB unpacked
TypeCPU Benchmark
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 Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform CPU benchmarking application that tests single and multi-core CPU performance. The Linux version will run in a terminal and output some information about the system and the name of the benchmarks it runs and finish off by printing a link to a web page where results can be viewed. It is not exactly exciting to watch.

Geekbench 5 for Linux will not show any cool graphics or anything else beyond some text output in a terminal when it runs.

The Linux version

Geekbench for Linux can be acquired from geekbench.com/download/linux/.

The Linux version will only test CPU performance, Geekbench 5 for Linux does not touch the GPU when it runs. Geekbench website story is:

"Test your GPU's power with support for the OpenCL, CUDA, and Metal APIs. New to Geekbench 5 is support for Vulkan, the next-generation cross-platform graphics and compute API."

geekbench.com front page, September 2020

The Geekbench website story does not hold water, it does no GPU testing what so ever.

The tests it will claim to run are ran twice with one pass testing single-core and the second pass testing multi-core performance. The tests it runs are:

  Running AES-XTS
  Running Text Compression
  Running Image Compression
  Running Navigation
  Running HTML5
  Running SQLite
  Running PDF Rendering
  Running Text Rendering
  Running Clang
  Running Camera
  Running N-Body Physics
  Running Rigid Body Physics
  Running Gaussian Blur
  Running Face Detection
  Running Horizon Detection
  Running Image Inpainting
  Running HDR
  Running Ray Tracing
  Running Structure from Motion
  Running Speech Recognition
  Running Machine Learning

The GPU remains steady at 0% load during all of these tests. The tests that sound like they would be using the GPU, such as "Image Inpainting", "HDR" and "Ray Tracing", are all done on the CPU.

The single and multi-core tests do load one CPU thread or all CPU core threads with a 100% load.

The results are not shown in a terminal, nor is anything else of interests beyond the names of the tests it runs. Geekbench 5 will simply show a link like https://browser.geekbench.com/v5/cpu/3743803 where you can go and view the actual results when it is done running tests.

Verdict And Conclusion

Geekbench 5 is probably the least exciting benchmark there is. The numbers are perhaps interesting to some, and they can perhaps be used to compare one Linux machine to another. The numbers don't really say all that much since they are limited to a few CPU specific tests.

Geekbench does run on Linux, and it does produce some numbers, so there's that.

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