Dec 142017
Checks speed of computer, quite good.
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Checks speed of computer, quite good.
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This program compares the microprocessor and memory operations in your
computer with the "standard" IBM/PC. Peter Norton's Norton Utilities has
a routine called SI (SYSINFO.COM) that attempts to measure the performance
of a compatible against an IBM/PC. This program expands upon that idea and
gives a more complete showing of what the actual performance of a machine
may be in "real world" applications.

For a fair check, you should boot from the DOS disk so that no extra device
drivers are installed (that use interrupts and slow things down). With the
standard IBM/PC, each of the operations indicated will show 100% (or nearly
so). Any slight difference is due to asynchronism between the programs
operation and the system clock.

The response from my "turbo-XT" looks like this:


Copyright (C) 1986 Richard B. Johnson

Checking memory block write ticks: 129 compared to IBM/PC 391%
Checking register to memory ticks: 262 compared to IBM/PC 187%
Checking memory to register ticks: 279 compared to IBM/PC 175%
Checking register to register ticks: 326 compared to IBM/PC 169%
Checking divide by register ticks: 102 compared to IBM/PC 501%
Checking divide by memory ticks: 169 compared to IBM/PC 357%
Checking multiply by register ticks: 115 compared to IBM/PC 418%
Checking multiply by memory ticks: 143 compared to IBM/PC 389%
Checking stack operations ticks: 248 compared to IBM/PC 179%
Checking far jumps, far calls ticks: 309 compared to IBM/PC 167%

Total time is: 2082 clock ticks, (115 seconds) compared to IBM/PC 247%

This means that my system is 247 percent faster than an IBM/PC. Note that
memory operations (stack, register to memory, etc.) are not quite as fast
as register only operations. This shows that the probable bottle-neck in
my system is memory access. This "turbo" system runs a V-20 at 8MHz.

If you take this program to computer swap-meets, you can compare the speed of
various "clones" before you purchase or update your system. It can even help
you negotiate for a better price if the speed is not quite as fast as
the saleman says!


Dick Johnson
Program Exchange
3603 Chestnut Street Apt. C
Lafayette, CA. 94549
(415) 283-3505data
(415) 283-2809 voice

Program Exchange
3603 Chestnut Street Apt

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