Best Free Computer Benchmarks For Gaming Computer?

I just got a new computer with a fast cpu and gpu (gtx 980 ) and just ran 3D Mark and the scores I got were not what I expected.  What is the best computer benchmark that I can tell whether the computer is performing as it should?
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ste5anSenior DeveloperCommented:
The Windows built-in benchmark for a rough estimate and Futuremarks 3DMark test suit.
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Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
its best to put it to work doing what you'd be normally doing and see how it holds up. That's the best benchmark
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4ubestAuthor Commented:
Network Zero,   thank you I ran the benchmark and it seemed to perform well in most categories,.  I did not know that the Nvidia 980gtx M is so different from the 980 gtx desktop.

ste5an-  I used to be able to find the information on Windows 7 but I cannot find it on Windows 8?
4ubestAuthor Commented:
nattygreg.. yes that is certainly true and  I need to see yet one program I held off getting until the computer could handle it so I do not know  how it should but it seems to be working well.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
"... For Gaming Computer ..."  ==>   PassMark gives you excellent CPU benchmarking, but for a gaming computer the 3DMark test you ran is your best indication of the system's performance.

As you've already noticed, there's a big difference between the mobile and desktop versions of the GTX980.    The desktop GTX980 has about 50% more performance than a 980M.

But even the 980M should perform very nicely with just about any game.

I suspect your system is doing just fine -- as suggested earlier, TRY it and see how it performs in real world use.   It's unlikely you'll be disappointed :-)

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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Just for info the comparison between the laptop and desktop versions of the 980GTX[]=2953&cmp[]=2976

As everyone else is saying don't get too hung up on benchmarking - see how it behaves with the games you want to play.
ste5anSenior DeveloperCommented:
Another possible test: Cinebench.

MS removed the Windows benchmark in 8.1.
Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
"... MS removed the Windows benchmark in 8.1 "  ==>  Not true.   They simply removed the GUI that displays it.    The Windows System Assessment Tool that provides the WEI scores is still available and can be run from the command line.   Here's how to do it:
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
powershell script save as "Winsat.ps1"
$StartDate=Get-Date ; Write-Host "WinSat Score started at: $StartDate"
Write-Host "Checking for elevation... " -NoNewline
$CurrentUser = New-Object Security.Principal.WindowsPrincipal $([Security.Principal.WindowsIdentity]::GetCurrent())
if (($CurrentUser.IsInRole([Security.Principal.WindowsBuiltinRole]::Administrator)) -eq $false)  {
    $ArgumentList = "-noprofile -noexit -file `"{0}`" -Path `"$Path`" -MaxStage $MaxStage"
    If ($Setup) {$ArgumentList = $ArgumentList + " -Setup $Setup"}
    If ($Mode) {$ArgumentList = $ArgumentList + " -Mode $Mode"}
    Write-Host "elevating"
    Start-Process powershell.exe -Verb RunAs -ArgumentList ($ArgumentList -f ($myinvocation.MyCommand.Definition))
start-process winsat -ArgumentList prepop -Wait -WindowStyle Hidden
$score = Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_WinSAT | select WinSprlevel,d3Dscore,graphicsscore,memoryscore,diskscore,cpuscore
Write-Host ""
Write-Host "Windows Score       :"$score.winsprlevel
Write-Host "3D Graphics Score   :"$score.d3dscore
Write-Host "2D Graphics Score   :"$score.graphicsscore
Write-Host "Memory Score        :"$score.memoryscore
Write-Host "1st Hard Drive Score:"$score.diskscore
Write-Host "CPU Score           :"$score.cpuscore
$StartDate=Get-Date ; Write-Host "

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Sample output
WinSat Score started at: 03/22/2015 22:50:17
Checking for elevation...
Windows Score       : 4.5
3D Graphics Score   : 6.2
2D Graphics Score   : 4.5
Memory Score        : 8
1st Hard Drive Score: 7.95
CPU Score           : 8
WinSat Score Ended at: 03/22/2015 22:50:20
4ubestAuthor Commented:
David, thank you but I  do not know how to run what you posted.. Are step by step instructions for a newbie possible ?

What is your opinion of the Tomb Raider benchmark OR is it not free ?
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Tomb Raider benchmark free if you buy the game

save the file given with a .ps1 extension
launch powershell
at a powershell prompt
set-executionpolicy remotesigned   (press Y to accept the change)
change to the directory that you saved the file
i.e. cd downloads
type part of the name and then press tab it will expand to
.\filename.ps1  <press enter>
view the results
Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
David's script just automates the 2-part process shown in the CNET article  that shows how to get your WEI score in Windows 8.

If you find that easier, just use it ...


(1) Open a command prompt as administrator and run "winsat prepop"

and then

(2)  run Powershell as an administrator and type "Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_WinSAT"
Danny ChildIT ManagerCommented:
Sorry guys, Catzilla is the ultimate gaming benchmark

video of it running here:
Danny ChildIT ManagerCommented:
By the way, when you've run Catzilla, you can upload your scores to their leaderboards, and see who  you're comparing with.  Should give you an idea of whether the system's ok.  If you also pay 3.99 for the first upgrade level, it will also make recommendations on where to spend your cash to boost your rankings.
Basic test is free, though.
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