Measure Your Computer's Power with Fritz Chess Benchmark

With great power comes great… a strong chess machine.

This is especially true with computers. With greater computer processing power, the deeper the analysis it can afford given a certain position, and the faster it gets to come up with the better play. Thus, the computer becomes a stronger chess player.

But how do you measure your computer’s power especially when compared to another computer of different specs and processor?

Chessbase has come up with the Fritz Chess Benchmark program that comes packaged with every Fritz chess program it ships.

Using the Fritz Chess Benchmark utility, here’s my result with the current machine I’m using:

The result shows it’s got 4 processors (CPU’s), 7.87 times faster than a lowly Pentium 3 1.0GHZ machine, and computing at 3,777 Kilo Nodes per second.

I know this is not particularly the top of the line machine, and I’m not even trying to boast here (this ain’t something to boast on). You’ll find below the relevant specs:

Acer Aspire 4741
Intel Core i3-350M processor
2.26 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache
2GB DDR3 Memory
Windows 7 SP1

In case you’re interested, here’s how the Windows Experience Index looks like for this computer:

And this is how it compares to the other machines I had, the Acer Aspire 4736 (my previous office laptop) and HP Pavilion DV5000 (my old home laptop):

Computer Acer Aspire 4741 Acer Aspire 4736 HP Pavilion DV5000
Operating System Windows 7 SP1 Windows XP SP3 Windows XP SP3
Processor Intel Core i3
2.26 GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo
2.20 GHz
Intel Centrino Duo
1.60 GHz
Memory 2 GB 2 GB 1 GB
No. of CPU’s 4 2 2
Relative Speed
(vs. Pentium 3, 1GHz)
7.87 5.96 4.16
kN/s 3777 2860 1997

Note that these results were obtained while not really having the computer optimized for maximum performance. That means various programs may have been open while running the tests. While not entirely intentional, I’ve just simply neglected to observe the ritual.

Yet, what do these results tell me? Honestly, I don’t know. Maybe you can better tell me by dropping a line below.

Running the Test on your Own

If you want to run the test on your own computers and probably compare it (relatively, at least) to mine above, and you don’t have a copy of the Fritz 12 (or earlier version) DVD, you may download the program from here (don’t worry, I don’t distribute viruses) and run.

You are welcome to post your results in the comments below, to compare how more (or less) powerful the thing you have in there.

Update (August 14, 2011): Fritz Chess Benchmark on MacBook Pro 13″ (Early 2011)

Ran the Fritz Chess Benchmark on my MacBook Pro running Windows 7 Professional via Boot Camp 4.0. It was an Intel Core i5-2415 CPU @ 2.30 GHz, 4.00 GB RAM 64-bit operating system. The results follow:

Relative speed is now at 10.37x at 4,975 kilo nodes per second.

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10 thoughts on “Measure Your Computer's Power with Fritz Chess Benchmark

  1. Processor : AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1100T Processor
    Memory : 2048MBx2(Speed 1666)
    Mother Board : GA-770T-USB3
    Windows Version : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1
    Installation Date : 2011-02-14
    Monitor : BenQ G2220HD (Digital)
    Video Adapter : ATI Radeon HD 5670
    Mouse : Microsoft USB Dual Receiver Wireless Mouse (IntelliPoint)
    Keyboard : USB Input Device
    Disk Drive : WDC WD6402AAEX-00Y9A0 ATA Device(596GB, IDE)
    DVD/CD-ROM Drive : ATAPI iHAS124 B ATA Device
    DVD/CD-ROM Drive : DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device

    Its an ibuy power, cost me around 1 grand.

  2. I have an i5-2500k machine, but my mobo died a couple weeks ago and I’ve been running my old Core 2 Duo E7200 (2.53GHz stock) while waiting for the RMA’d mobo to get back.

    Decided to have some fun overclocking. It’s now sitting at 4.0GHz, and runs the bench at 10.91 relative speed (that’s 5.45 per core!)and does 5213 kN/s!

    Now I can’t wait to get my mobo back and see what my 4.8GHz i5 will do!

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