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GeekBench 3 released

The latest version of Geekbench has just been released, the first major update to the program in 6 years. The software is available for Windows, OSX, Linux, Android and iOS.

Geekbench 3 includes 15 new benchmark tests that are designed to model real-world processor intensive tasks.  The new tests cover a number of different application domains, including encryption, image processing, signal processing, and physics simulation.

Geekbench 3 also includes 12 completely rewritten benchmark tests from Geekbench 2.  These tests are now more representative of real-world applications and usage scenarios.

Geekbench 3 includes a completely new scoring system that separates single-core performance and multi-core performace into two separate scores.

While multi-core performance is becoming more relevant as applications are rewritten to take advantage of multi-core processors, single-core performance is still a very important metric because every application benefits from great single-core performance.

With Geekbench 3, if you know your applications can’t take advantage of the latest multi-core processors, you can use the new single-core scores to find the fastest machine for your tasks.

Geekbench 3 has a completely new iOS interface that’s optimized for iOS 7.  With a new design that matches the “flat” aesthetic of iOS 7, Geekbench 3 looks great on both iOS 6 and iOS 7.

There are also a couple of new features in Geekbench for iOS:

  • Geekbench now automatically archives each benchmark run, allowing you to go back and view past benchmark results.
  • Geekbench now integrates with Dropbox, allowing you to share results between your devices and your computers without going through the Geekbench Browser.

Geekbench 3 uses JSON as its native file format.  JSON is a lightweight format based on JavaScript.  Not only is JSON is easy for people to read and write, but it’s also easy for computers to understand.  Parsing a JSON file only takes one line of code in most languages.  This will make writing scripts that use Geekbench data easier than ever.

Geekbench 3 also includes more information about each benchmark test in its file format, allowing users to dig deeper into their benchmark results.

Grab it here.

Kitguru says: Definitely worth a look.

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