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 SoftwareNote: All games marked with an * were submitted by the community. So if it doesn't have one, blame them not me!
- Just Cause 2
- Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War 2* Any of the expansions have it included as well.
- Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Grand Theft Auto 4 and the expansions Ballad of Gay Tony / Lost and the Damned.
- *Street Fighter IV
- *Lost Planet 2 Download here
- *Resident Evil 5 Download here
- *Metro 2033
- *Dirt 3
- *Shogun 2
- *Arma 2