NovaBench

NovaBench 4.0

Free
Get information regarding the performance of your Mac's main components.
4.0  (1 vote)
4.0.1 (See all)

NovaBench is a benchmarking utility to help you evaluate your Mac's capabilities by running various types of tests. The program might come handy if you purchase a new computer and want to see how well it performs under heavy processing demands.

You can run all of the tests at the same time or execute the tasks individually. The waiting time for completing a full test is around 2 minutes, so you won't wait too long to find out how well your Mac behaves. Once the benchmarking is complete, you will have access to a complete report with scores. You can share your results on the homepage of the developer and get extra info about how well your Mac works. The utility also lets you export the offered report to your local directories.

Sadly, in my testing, NovaBench didn't work that well. To be more exact, it occasionally displayed errors on my screen while running the tests and it failed to complete CPU tests. The program displayed a 0 score for the CPU test. On the homepage of the developer, it says that there's an issue for some Macs that it's going to be fixed sometime in the future. So, it's not just my Mac.

Another thing that bothers me is that the utility is missing instructions or a built-in manual to teach you more about the tests and results. Beginner Mac users might not understand any of them.

Still, as I can see on various software-related websites, NovaBench is seen as a reliable solution for benchmarking Macs. So, I think you should give it a try on your computer to see how it works. There's a chance it will provide you with great results.

Ashley Griggs
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Review summary

Pros

  • Immediately completes the tests
  • You can run individual tests
  • Lets you export the results and/or post them on the NovaBench website

Cons

  • Lacks instructions or a built-in help manual
  • Occasionally displays errors
  • Failed to take CPU tests
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