Cinegy has released its new Cinescore program, a free benchmarking application for Windows computers.

Available as a download from the Cinegy website in exchange for your email address, Cinescore is a ZIP archive containing a .exe file, a configuration file, and a .cinepack file containing video samples and profiles. That means there is no installation process — you just unzip the file and launch the executable. The company said it can be run from a USB stick or shared network location, facilitating easy comparison of multiple machines. 


When it runs, Cinescore displays system configuration details and allows users to start a series of tests at SD, HD and UHD resolutions, then returns benchmark results relating to encoding speed (fps), CPU load, and GPU load. On their own, the numbers should give you a good idea of what kind of performance you can expect from a given PC; in combination with figures from your other computers, they can help you separate your highest-performing systems from those that may have bottlenecks. 

Of course, you may want to perform other benchmarking tests on your system. ATTO has a free Disk Benchmark utility for benchmarking storage components on Windows PCs, and Blackmagic Design's Blackmagic Disk Speed Test is available free through the Mac App store. Meanwhile, Maxon Cinebench is available for both Windows and OS X to check your CPU and GPU 3D rendering performance. Combined with Cinescore, these utilities constitute a free application suite designed to help you make sure you're getting the results you expect from your hardware.