Now that the closed Alpha Testing Phase has ended and we fixed the known bugs and compatibility with new CPU architectures. We launched the beta version of the new BlackHoleTec CPU Benchmark software.
Three years ago, ComputerForum.com was the testing base of our own benchmarking software. Without much knowledge of microprocessors, programming or hardware in general I was able to create a so called 'CPU Benchmark'. With loads of instability issues, bugs and a limited set of tests; it achieved something that we can almost call 'a success'. After several exposures on forums, HWBot.org, reviews and even competitions, the benchmark got known to a lot of geeks, overclockers and enthusiasts.
It wasn't the most reliable and stable benchmark ever created, but it certainly did scale well compared to other similar benchmarks.
The benchmark got more and more forgotten and after W10 came out, we even saw incompatibility issues with the new operating system.
In those three years, I've had very limited time to be active on forums, update the benchmark or even write on the website... What kept me busy were my studies at the university, currently my third year industrial engineer.
A year ago I decided to pick up where I left off three years ago and use the knowledge I gathered in the past years to rebuild from the ground up; a stable and more reliable benchmark than it was back in the days.
In the meantime, we're again 1 year later, now that I ensured compatibility for Ryzen and kaby lake, the finalizing beta can be tested.
An Alpha version is needed for major bug and stability checking as well as measuring the reliability of the benchmark. In this phase, we have no idea of how good or bad every aspect of the benchmark actually is. Suggestions, recommendations (also for the design), comments, theories and whatever are the key for improvement shaping the next version which will be used in a beta stage.
ComputerForum.com has been chosen for this closed alpha test-phase, only members of this forum can participate.
The alpha phase is officially over; Now only small bug testing needs to be done for things I didn't see in the development. This isn't only limited to testing on the CF forum and can be tested by everyone, everywhere.
The original three divisions: Quad-Threaded, Multi-Threaded and Single-Threaded for which the benchmark will test the performance rate using the stated amount of cores.
Each of the divisions has a Prime Number test:
Each of the divisions has a Compression Test:
Integer/Floating Point Performance Counters
Stress/Stability Test (Premium Feature)
Supports up to 32 Threads (will be increased to unlimited with the RC version)
Designed for W7 and higher
The Design is a creation of Tim Hage, suggestions on this part of the benchmark are welcome as well.
64-bit windows (recommended for W10, W7 & higher also compatible)
Thank you for the help & participation in our testing phase.
You can find the beta testing thread on the CF forum: https://www.computerforum.com/threads/beta-black-hole-benchmark-v5.239542/