Geekbench is a good tool to benchmark your SQL server and put a number to it. The benchmark process is very quick and easy. Here is what I did:
- Go to the URL (http://www.primatelabs.ca/geekbench/) to download the setup file.
- I downloaded the free version which works on 32 bit systems. For 64 bit systems, a license has to be purchased.
- Once the setup file is downloaded, double click to run it.
- Follow the standard onscreen instructions to install the program. I chose not to create a start menu program group.
- Once installed, you can run the program as the last step of the installation, or run the program from the start menu, or go to the installed directory and run the Geekbench22.exe (program name may vary) program.
That’s it. Once run, the program will do its thing. Note the tip that says that Geekbench works best when it is the only program running. On my laptop the program ran for a little over a minute and gave it a score of 2912. I then ran in on a test server. It took around 3 minutes to finish and gave it a score of 2464.
The program has an option to upload your results online to Geekbench to be shared with everybody’s results. The program also gives some detailed information about processor and memory, but is agnostic to ownership details of the system (i.e. computer name, hostname, etc).