The latest version of the Phoronix Test Suite, an open source benchmarking tool, was released today and I figured that I would download it and give it a try.
The Phoronix Test Suite is packed with 57 tests that have been grouped into 26 suites which range from audio-encoding to gaming performance. The suite is quite easy to use although you should make sure you have a few gigabytes of hard drive space free because it will need to download over 2GB if you want to run all of the tests.
Many of the programs that it downloads and compiles might already be installed on your system. However, I can understand the reasoning behind this though as it is the only way to be free of unofficial patches and to make sure the results are relatively accurate across all the GNU/Linux distributions.
After running a decent amount of tests I have to say that I like the Phoronix Test Suite and believe it is a very useful tool despite the initially large (although understandable) download requirement.
It will be interesting to see how well my other computers compare against my main system.