An indispensable tool for any company is, without a doubt, a PC – which directly influences business processes. While many factors can influence the choice of one, performance and data security remain a top concern for any type of organization.
And for you to have a good starting point to make the right choice, Fabiano Schunck, Corporate Channels Manager at AMD Brazil. , has prepared a series of recommendations to guide you and help you choose the most suitable way for your company’s present and future needs:
- Tests on real tasks
Modern applications are very complex and include functions that involve displaying graphics on the screen, reading data from storage, or even from the network. One of the best ways to assess the performance of a new PC is to perform a real-world test, that is, performing daily tasks in the workplace.
However, in addition to testing individual users, in-house developers should ideally take input from users and create “custom” scripts to measure application performance in a way that matches those users’ priorities. This approach can help you get more consistent performance measurements and provide repeatable results.
- Have references/benchmarks
Two types of benchmarks are commonly used to assess PC performance: “synthetic” and “application-based”. Both can be helpful in the decision-making process – however, analyzing your results individually can be a mistake! The best way to mitigate this risk is to follow the general rule of having multiple benchmarks, which allows you to obtain a broader and more reliable picture of the expected result.
It is important to remember that good benchmarking should be as transparent as possible, with a clear description of your test methods.
- performance potential
While application-based testing helps to understand whether the workloads used to match the organization’s usage, synthetic benchmarks measure the overall performance potential of a specific component or platform. That is, they allow you to calculate their multithreaded capacity, so they can be used to predict the extent to which this component or platform can offer this functionality.
With synthetic benchmarks, it is important to avoid using a narrow measure of performance. Individual processors, even within the same family, can vary in how they handle even the smallest snippet of code. A synthetic benchmark score should include several individual tests, running more lines of code that exert different workloads. This provides a better view of performance.
- Multitasking Comparison
Application benchmarks are often difficult to simulate the desktop workload in a modern multi-tasking office. This is because running multiple applications simultaneously can add a much larger margin for error rather than testing one application at a time.
This is why it is recommended, as a good practice, to consider synthetic and application-based benchmarks. By combining them, you get a more realistic reading of a device’s performance, considering the applications that are in use today.
- Measurement errors
Any measurement will always have an “error” margin, which can vary from test to test. Most benchmarks deal with an overall error range of 3-5%, caused by a variety of factors, including measurement time limitations. Thus, it will be critical to take this measurement factor into account when establishing requirements in purchase requests.
- Other considerations
Benchmarks are a fundamental part of evaluating a system. However, these powerful tools can have some limitations, such as:
- Measured comparative performance may vary by an operating system (OS) and application version.
- Other conditions can affect scores, such as background tasks, ambient temperature, and operating system characteristics.
Correctly evaluating performance is not an easy task, although following these recommendations will help you move in the right direction. There are several techniques an organization can use to determine which system will best meet its needs. However, the best step in any assessment is to allow groups of users to “test” the systems in their real working environment. When using benchmarks, application scripts, or organizational tests to measure performance, you understand the real need for a well-equipped machine with agile and up-to-date processors. With that in mind, AMD with the AMD Ryzen PRO 4000 Series Processors delivers new levels of speed and efficiency with great results in their ratings, to delight users today.
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