Following the Futuremark link I downloaded the trial [standard] version of PC Mark 5, which is geared for the home user. The trial version lets you run the system suite which tries to test performance in areas that a home computer would be used - text editing, picture viewing, audio compression/decompression, video encoding, web page rendering, encryption/decryption & a physics & 3D test for games. To run the hardware components tests you have to buy the advanced or prof versions.
System Requirements include DirectX 9.0c, Visual C++ 2005 Redist, IE6, & Windows Media Encoder 9. I had Visual C++ 2005 Redist [2 diff versions] & DirectX 9.0c installed and hoped the encoder was only needed for the video encoding test 'cause I don't want to install it. I don't know yet if you can choose which tests to run/omit because there was a glitch in installation.
On installation I had the option to let PC Mark install DirectX9.0c_2005, which I declined since I'm pretty sure I updated DirectX after 2005. However, PC Mark won't run - it can't find d3dx9.25.dll I've got d3dx9_28.dll & d3dx9_30.dll in system 32, so I don't know if I should reinstall & let DirectX9.0c_2005 be installed. I'm wondering if system file protection will let the newer dll be overwritten w/ an older dll, but maybe it will just add it to the mix.
At the PassMark site Burnin Test seemed to be the most appropriate application, altho it's aimed at those who test a lot of computer hardware. There's a 30 day trial download, so I can try it, depending on its system requirements.
Edited by MaryBet82, 28 January 2010 - 08:43 PM.