After testing, your benchmark results are analyzed and your computer is given a unique Novabench Score.
The overall score - the largest number at the top of the results page - is an impression of your computer's performance relative to other computers scored by Novabench. It is the sum of weighted sub-scores for each major part of your computer: CPU, GPU, RAM, and Disk.
A Novabench Score has no upper limit - a higher score is better.
It's normal for your scores to vary up or down by a few percent. Your score will not be exactly the same every time you test your computer, as your CPU's activity and scheduling varies.
Clicking "View Performance Charts and Comparisons" submits your benchmark result to our database anonymously. You will have the option to link it to your free public profile.
One of the first comparison tools to use when you submit a score is Percentile Ranking.
The percentile is the percentage of results in our database, for the exact same part (CPU/GPU) or configuration, that have scored lower. A link below the rank gives you more information to interpret where you stand.
While the Novabench database has millions of parts and systems submitted by our users, not all parts have a representative sample. In these cases the percentile may not be a true indication of performance. Also, a part with a narrow score distribution amplifies the difference in percentile rank, making the measure less meaningful.
To get a much better idea of your part's performance, click the part name or percentile to dive deeper.
Part Deep Dive
The part page shows the distribution of benchmark scores for a particular CPU or GPU. Many factors influence how a CPU or GPU performs. A part may fall below the curve due to thermal or power limits, high activity by other running programs, or misconfiguration. The higher end of the curve may be overclocked parts.
Examine the score distribution for your part, and see how your score fits within it. If there's room for improvement, read our guide to tuning your CPU and GPU.
It's often helpful to have a history of benchmark results to look back on. For example, to see how a new part or overclock affects your score, or to confirm your suspicions that your computer is running more slowly than it used to.
Every time you run a test Novabench saves your results to your computer. Results are never submitted to our website unless you choose to submit them. In Novabench, you can select 2 to 5 test results to compare in a chart and table.