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:
|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
|Intel Core 2 Duo
|Intel Centrino Duo
|Memory||2 GB||2 GB||1 GB|
|No. of CPU’s||4||2||2|
(vs. Pentium 3, 1GHz)
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.
Update (Feb. 8, 2022): Intel Nuc 11 i7 NUC11PAHi7
I did the test on my Intel Nuc 11 running on the 11th generation Core i7-1165G7 CPU at 2.80GHz, 32GB of RAM, and Windows 11.
This is the result: