CPU-G is an open source application that shows useful information about your hardware. It collects and displays information about your CPU, RAM, motherboard, some general information about your system and more. Read more hot
DisplayCAL (formerly known as dispcalGUI) is an open source graphical user interface for display calibration and profiling using ArgyllCMS. This tool calibrates and characterizes display devices using a hardware sensor. Read more hot
a portable filesystem benchmark that tries to reproduce the load of a real-world busy file server. It stresses the filesystem with multiple threads performing random reads, writes and rewrites in order to get a realistic idea of the scalability and the concurrency a system can handle
a compiler benchmark utility that was implemented to measure the effect of using different compilers, compile time flags, and runtime libraries on a set of synthetic micro- benchmarks of C/C++ code. The set of small benchmarks is easily extended
Contest is designed to test system responsiveness by running kernel compilation under a number of different load conditions.
CPUCompare is a GTK+ application to make comparisons between CPU models.
cpuid dumps detailed information about the CPU(s) gathered from the CPUID instruction, and also determines the exact model of CPU(s). It supports Intel, AMD, and VIA CPUs, as well as older Transmeta, Cyrix, UMC, NexGen, Rise, and SiS CPUs.
cpuid is a fairly complete CPU identification utility. It has been tested on several Intel, AMD and Cyrix CPUs.
Cuadro CPU Benchmark
Cuadro CPU Benchmark measures the CPU performance by numerically finding a solution and measuring the runtime of the two-dimensional heat equation in Cartesian coordinates.
an FTP benchmark program released under the terms of the GNU Public License. Its goal is to be something like SPECweb99, but for FTP rather than HTTP
dmidecode reports information about your system's hardware as described in your system BIOS according to the SMBIOS/DMI standard. Read more
(commercial) East-Tec DiskSanitizer is designed to prevent the recovery of sensitive data that you wish to be deleted from a hard disk. Neither simple file deletion, formatting the disk, nor using fdisk is enough to foil attempts to recover previously recorded data from a hard disk.
Firmware Inspector tries to find compressed files in firmware images, and writes them out to files.
fio is an I/O tool meant to be used both for benchmark and stress/hardware verification. It has support for 6 different types of I/O engines (sync, mmap, libaio, posixaio, SG v3, splice), I/O priorities (for newer Linux kernels), rate I/O, forked or threaded jobs, and much more. It can work on block devices as well as files. fio accepts job descriptions in a simple-to-understand text format. Several example job files are included. fio displays all sorts of I/O performance information, such as completion and submission latencies (avg/mean/deviation), bandwidth stats, CPU, and disk utilization, and more. It supports Linux, FreeBSD, and OpenSolaris.
GAMMApage is a program to adjust a monitor's gamma setting, either fully or by color. It is capable of setting gamma for most Linux distributions upon login, including those using ATI fglrx_xgamma. It works both for graphical logins or console logins. It only requires write access to the user's home directory, not to any system directories. It includes "preparation" tips with white and black point targets to make gamma corrections effective. This is the pumped-up, Python/GTK version of Monica.
GFXBench is a free, cross-platform and cross-API 3D graphics benchmark that measures graphics performance, long-term performance stability, render quality and power consumption with a single, easy-to-use application.
a Gui based benchmarking tool to check your computer's CPU and hard disk performance
HardInfo is a small application that displays information about your hardware and operating system. Currently it knows about PCI, ISA PnP, USB, IDE, SCSI, Serial and parallel port devices. Read more
a tool that gives you the temperature of your IDE hard drive by reading S.M.A.R.T. informations (that support this feature). Only moderns hard drives have a temperature sensor
HPC Challenge is a collection of benchmarks for measuring various aspects of system performance, such as flop/s, sustainable memory bandwidth, memory read/write rates, network bandwidth, and latency for parallel machines. It is designed for supercomputers, but will run on any computer with MPI-1 (Message Passing Interface) implementation and BLAS (Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms).
I-Nex is an open source system and hardware information tool similar to the Windows utility, CPU-Z. It comes with a well designed graphical user interface that allows users to view information about their system hardware. Read more
i7z is a small open source utility that reports Intel Core i7, i5, i3 CPU information. The information displayed covers Turbo Boost, frequencies, multipliers, ... with a top-like display showing per core the current frequency, temperature and times spent in the C0/C1/C3/C6/C7 states. Read more
a collection of code and a set of tools for using the JTAG interface (present in most modern microprocessors) to perform hardware tests, and for programming Flash Memory Devices connected to the processor's bus
Interbench is a benchmarking application designed to emulate the CPU scheduling behavior of interactive tasks and measure their scheduling latency and jitter. It is designed to measure the effect of changes in Linux kernel design or system configuration changes such as cpu, I/O scheduler and filesystem changes and options. With careful benchmarking, different hardware can be compared.
an I/O performance Analysis Tool
kernbench is a CPU throughput benchmark. It is designed to compare kernels on the same machine, or to compare hardware. It runs a kernel compile at various numbers of concurrent jobs: 1/2 number of CPUs, optimal (default is 4xnumber of CPUs), and maximal job count. Optionally it can also run single threaded. It then prints out a number of useful statistics for the average of each group of runs.
a KDE Control Center modul for gamma calibration/correction of XFree86. With proper gamma settings, your display (websites, images, etc.) will look the same on your monitor as on other monitors
a suite of simple, portable benchmarks that compares different UNIX systems performance
lsbench2 is a command line benchmark tool containing synthetic mem/CPU, pattern search, and simulation tests.
lshw is a small open source tool to extract detailed and comprehensive information on the hardware configuration of the machine. Read more
LVCool cools your Athlon/Duron processor on Via KT133 or KX133 (VT8363 or VT8371/VT82C686x) chipsets during idle.
MBW determines the "copy" memory bandwidth available to userspace programs.
A userspace utility for testing the memory subsystem for faults. It's portable and should compile and work on any 32- or 64-bit Unix-like system.
mubench is an in-depth, low-level benchmark for x86 processors. Its primary goal is to provide useful information for people who optimize assembly code and for people who write compilers. It measures latency and throughput for each individual instruction (sometimes several forms of the same instruction), as well as the throughput of arbitrary instruction mixes. The results produced by mubench are typically an order of magnitude more detailed than those found in AMD or Intel manuals.
Multi Platform RAM Defragmentation
A utility to 'optimize RAM performance', inspired by similar tools running on MS Windows.
NAS Parallel Benchmarks
The NAS Parallel Benchmarks (NPB) are a small set of programs designed to help evaluate the performance of parallel supercomputers. The benchmarks, which are derived from computational fluid dynamics (CFD) applications, consist of five kernels and three pseudo-applications. The NPB come in several flavors. NAS solicits performance results for each from all sources.
Peter's Disk Performance Benchmarking Tool
pmbw is a set of assembler routines to measure the parallel memory (cache and RAM) bandwidth of modern multi-core machines.
a tool that provides features for tuning of system hardware such as CPU and connected devices
Prelaunch is a utility for the Linux desktop which significantly decreases the time needed to launch programs. Prelaunch starts the respective program during login, invisibly to the user. With this trick the real launch needs no time. During sessions there is always a new instance ready to show. It is written in C and GTK.
Procbench is a CPU benchmark that tests the math capabilities of your processor, FPU, and the cache/memory subsystem.
Procmeter monitors the system status and other information and displaying it in a series of graphs or as text.
Rugg is a hard drive and filesystem harness tool that allows you to test and benchmark drives and filesystems, by writing simple to complex scenarios that can mimic the behaviour of real-world applications.
Running Unix Memory Test
checks the memory of a computer over a long period of time and almost-real load conditions without having to interrupt the services
Screentest is a CRT screen testing utility. Ever wondered how good the quality (sharpness, linearity, convergence, etc.) of your CRT monitor is? Screentest displays the testing patterns which you can use to evaluate the quality of your monitor.
StressItOut is a hardware stressing and testing program. Its main purpose is to strain the computer to ensure the hardware is in good state. There are several test modules: CPU load, memory test, 2D OpenGL painting, 3D OpenGL rendering, hard drives, optical drives, serial ports transmission, and parallel ports. Support for lm-sensors is in the works.
sustained workload efficiency test (swet) is a portable benchmark for POSIX and BSD operating systems with multi-thread and multi-process capabilities and flexible, powerful report options.
TurionPowerControl is a simple software to control Turion ZM/RM/QL processor parameters such VID, DID and FID. Those parameters are useful to tweak processor voltage and frequency in their different power states.
Visual Disk Test
Visual Disk Test (VDT) performs I/O tests on files and/or devices. The BUD Toolshed is a set of utility programs to improve operating system administration, ranging from security and storage to performance analysis.
WHDD is a HDD diagnostic and data recovery tool. It is capable of testing a hard drive with reading and writing, providing intuitive visualization of the process. Visualization or these tests is very similar to MHDD.
x86info is a command line tool to query lowlevel CPU registers, and display configuration details.
a small utility that provides feedback when starting X11 applications
XHDBench is a Qt-based X-program for testing the output speed of several devices (hard disks, CD-ROMs, floppy drives) and the interaction between them.