The Officially Unofficial List Of PC Games With Benchmark Tools

#1 Edited by crusader8463 (14429 posts) -

 The results of running the Just Cause 2 Benchmark on my PC.
One of the first things we all do when we get a new PC, or upgrade a component, is to fire up a game and see how it handles compared to before the big upgrade. While it's fine and dandy to just play a game and see if it "feels" different, but sometimes it's just more satisfying to get hard numbers so you know exactly how much of a performance boost that upgrade made for you. Now you're probably saying to yourself right now "Why Crusader8463, that IS a wonderful thing that I would like to do! Too bad there is no way for me to do such an amazing thing. I guess life just isn't worth living anymore..." Wow there Captain Happy Pants! Take that noose from around your neck, because there is a way for you to do just that! It's called Benchmarking!
What is Benchmarking you ask? Benchmarking is when a game or program runs through a simulation of what will most likely be the most graphically demanding parts of a game, and records your computers performance during that scene. Once it is done, it will usually display to you things such as your highest FPS (Frames Per Second), the average FPS your game will most likely run at, and what your lowest FPS was when things really hit the fan. Some of the better ones will even recommend to you what settings you should set the game at to get the best mix of graphical appeal without needing to sacrifice a good frame rate.
So with that out of the way, I thought it might be useful to make a list of recent PC games that come with a built in Benchmarking tool to test out your computers performance. Sadly games that do this these days are far and few in between, so this will most likely be an ongoing list that I would like to get help from you fine folks with. I will begin by listing off the games that I know have Benchmarking software in them, but please feel free to let me know in the comments of any other ones and I will add them to the list as we go.

Games with a Built in Benchmarking Software

Note: All games marked with an * were submitted by the community. So if it doesn't have one, blame them not me!
#2 Posted by ShockD (2421 posts) -

Street Fighter IV.
Company of Heroes + expansions.

#3 Edited by SaFt (390 posts) -

Lost Planet 2 
Resident Evil 5 
Not sure if they come with the games themselves but they're definitely available for download.
Capcom seem to be very good with providing people with benchmarks for their more recent games.

#4 Edited by AlexW00d (6446 posts) -

Metro 2033

Resident Evil 5 (I think)

Dirt 3.

#5 Posted by Galiant (2195 posts) -

I think I saw something about benchmarks in Total War: Shogun 2 before starting it up. I should try that.

#6 Posted by Mikemcn (7021 posts) -

Arma II

#7 Posted by ZimboDK (843 posts) -
#8 Posted by TheKeyboardDemon (822 posts) -

I didn't realise that Crysis had a benchmark tool, when I read this here I had a hunt through the Crysis directories in my Steamapps folder and found it in Bin32, Metro 2033 was another where I had to search for it in the same way.
Crysis 2 had a batchfile called Benchmark created in its Bin32 folder but this was empty, so I'll have to have a look at how to get this to work at some point, it might need a download of some sort first.

#9 Posted by JonyJC (13 posts) -

World in Conflict

#10 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -
  • Far Cry 2
  • Counter Strike : Source (though it may not be that relevant to modern machines)
#11 Posted by Badhands (398 posts) -
#12 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

World in Conflict

#13 Edited by Bollard (5867 posts) -

HAWX 2 has a free to download benchmarking tool if I remember right. 
Also, shouldn't this be, you know, a list maybe?

#14 Posted by xyzygy (10078 posts) -

The Last Remnant has one I'm pretty sure.

#15 Posted by Jack268 (3387 posts) -

Doesn't DMC4 have it?

#16 Posted by crusader8463 (14429 posts) -
@Chavtheworld said:
HAWX 2 has a free to download benchmarking tool if I remember right.  Also, shouldn't this be, you know, a list maybe?
The idea was to make it a thread so that it could be stickied at the top of the PC forums, so that if someone decided they wanted to test something they could use it as a quick reference guide.
#17 Posted by Bubbly (258 posts) -

Is it possible to turn this into an actual wiki page? Would be pretty useful and easy to find that way.

#18 Posted by psoplayer (241 posts) -

@modernchris said:

Is it possible to turn this into an actual wiki page? Would be pretty useful and easy to find that way.

Done! Benchmark Included is now a concept on the wiki. Sweet necromancy, right?

#19 Posted by Jazzycola (658 posts) -

NBA 2k13 and Witcher 2.

#20 Posted by shinboy630 (1193 posts) -

Pretty sure the new Tomb Raider has a benchmark.

#21 Posted by JasonR86 (9728 posts) -

The Trackmania games.

#22 Posted by TakBaseTech (2 posts) -

@jazzycola said:

NBA 2k13 and Witcher 2.

The Witcher 2 has a built-in benchmark? Where?

#23 Posted by Jazzycola (658 posts) -

@jazzycola said:

NBA 2k13 and Witcher 2.

The Witcher 2 has a built-in benchmark? Where?

I could be wrong. I thought it was in the visual settings in the boot menu, but again I suppose I could be wrong. I swear that's how I optimized my settings. Though, I could be thinking of Tomb Raider which I was playing at the same time as Witcher 2.

#24 Edited by TakBaseTech (2 posts) -

You're probably thinking of the Configuration Tool to setup Witcher 2:

It just guesses at the settings your system should use; it's def. not a benchmark.

#25 Posted by zenmastah (993 posts) -

Hitman: Absolution

Bioshock: Infinite

Sleeping Dogs

Resident Evil 6


#26 Edited by mak_wikus (562 posts) -

DiRT 2

Batman: Arkham City

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