Benchmarks: You either love them or you hate them. You either live by them, obsessing over minute performance differences—or you ignore them, noting that they often lack real world relevance. Whatever your stance, benchmark applications often can make themselves useful by helping you objectively measure if a certain tweak actually has a beneficial effect on performance.
One trait that helps determine a benchmark’s relevance is its selection of performed tests. Having a benchmark test the “right” aspects of a device’s performance helps make sure that differences in score actually mean something useful. Previously, we talked about XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire‘s fantastic CF-Bench, which does a fantastic job at ascertaining CPU performance broken down into three parts: native, Java, and overall. However, for those looking to test more diverse aspects of device performance, many have taken a liking to AnTuTu.
When AnTuTu version 4 was first released in the middle of August, AnTuTuLabs reworked the app to add a new type of testing: user experience. This new measure is aimed at quantifying the overall subjective feeling a device gives when in use. While details are vague, we can reasonably assume that the new UX measure comes from a combination of CPU speed, 2D rendering performance, and IO performance. Like in previous versions, there are also direct tests for CPU, RAM, GPU, and I/O speed—each with more detailed results reporting than ever before. And new in the most recently released 4.0.4, more results details are made available to the user.
Make your way over to the application thread to get started with version 4, if you haven’t already._________