Since we're discussing hardware, I'll throw out a site that I've found useful in an "apples to apples" sense, PassMark
and specifically their CPU
benchmark tables. I know that everyone and their brother probably have evaluation schemes and the ones at PassMark probably are no better, but I use these benchmarks to give me some relative values information.
I also find them useful, especially the GPU benchmarks, when somebody like Steam lists minimum and recommended video cards and I haven't a clue as to whether it means my card is good enough. For instance, my current AMD Radeon HD 6570 is benchmarked at 752. Now on Steam, taking for example ARMA III
, one of the minimum recommended cards is an NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT. Looking that up on the GPU List page
, I find a value for the 8800 GT of 758, which tells me that my Radeon HD 6570 is barely good enough. And one of the recommended cards, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560, is benchmarked at 3100, so I know that to get the best experience I need to get a card with a benchmark of at least somewhere near there. It's one of the reasons I'm upgrading to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780, which benchmarks at 8001
Again, I know these benchmarks aren't holy gospel, they are just another rating system. It just makes it easier for me to compare this way.