Geekbench, the popular benchmarking tool for both PC and mobile devices from developer Primate Labs, has just launched its next major update. Geekbench 6 is now available to download for free for personal use, and it contains a number of new additions and improvements.
It's been about three years since the release of Geekbench 5, and in a blog post today, Primate Labs notes that computing on both PCs and mobile devices has changed for many users. For those reasons, Geekbench 6 adds a number of new workload tests. They include:
- Blur backgrounds in video conferencing streams
- Filter and adjust images for social media sites
- Automatically remove unwanted objects from photos
- Detect and tag objects in photos using machine learning models
- Analyze, process, and convert text using scripting language
There are also some improvements in Geekbench 6 that reflect higher hardware specs in PCs and smartphones. They include:
- Higher-resolution photos in image tests
- Larger maps in navigation tests
- Larger, more complex documents in the PDF and HTML5 Browser tests
- More (and larger) files in the developer tests
There have also been some changes in how Geekbench 6 handles multi-core CPUs, as it now measures how each core works with the others to complete a task, rather than giving each core a different task to perform.
While Geekbench 6 remains free for personal use, commercial users, or people who just want more features, can get Geekbench 6 Pro. It includes saving benchmark results offline, running the app from a networked or portable drive, and automation tools. Normally Geekbench 6 Pro costs $99 but from now until February 28, it's been discounted to just $79.
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