Why is my CPU benchmark so bad?

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September 20, 2020 at 00:58:53
Specs: Windows 10, 3.70 gigahertz Intel Core i5-9600K/16 GB RAM
I just built a new PC. I didn't go all out and get the absolute best... I purchased an MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Plus motherboard and an Intel i5 9600K 9th Gen processor. I transplanted my memory from my old PC as well as the hard drives and video card.

I have my PC set in the MSI tool to "Extreme Performance." I just ran a benchmark test with PaskMark's Performance Test tool. My CPU got a score of 4973.3. When I lookup my CPU on their website....

https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.ph...

the average score is 10897. So, maybe I'm interpreting this wrong.... but I'm getting about half the performance compared to the rest of the users with this processor.


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#1
September 20, 2020 at 01:04:26
I'm wondering now if there's a way for me to boot off some kind of flash drive and run a benchmark test. Maybe with everything else running in the background of Windows is why my benchmark is so bad.

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September 20, 2020 at 09:27:58
I see they do offer a bootable benchmark test from Passmark, but it's like $250 for the USB drive. My wife would flip if I bought that... So, I just ordered a cheap internal SSD drive. My plan is to install Windows 10 fresh on that. I'll just disconnect my drive I'm using now and hook up that drive and install Windows 10. I won't install anything else other than the Passmark benchmark test and I'll run the test. It should eliminate the OS bottlenecks of all the software I've loaded over the last year or however long its been since I formatted and reloaded last.

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#3
September 20, 2020 at 09:47:51
"My wife would flip if I bought that"

I would too, lol. There are so many freebies available you'd be foolish to pay for one, especially $250.

You built a new PC & then installed a HDD with Windows that was originally configured for a different hardware configuration. Plus I presume it was an ASUS OEM Windows installation, not retail, & you've transferred it to an MSI board. You shouldn't expect it to run properly. Did you at least go to Device Manager & delete/uninstall all the device entries & related drivers before swapping the HDD? Win10 supposedly deals with hardware changes better than previous Windows versions, but you still should have done some prep work in advance. Did Windows re-activate after the swap?


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#4
September 20, 2020 at 13:56:12
Ok, so I bought an SSD HD and hooked it up to a USB adapter and then installed Windows 10 on it. I then booted off of it and installed the Benchmark software. I ran it again. My CPU had a score of 9449. Still states it's slightly lower than average. (I didn't install any of my motherboard chipset drivers... so possibly why it's still slightly lower than average.) But, it's a whole lot better than 4973. So, maybe I need to format and redo my whole PC. I'd really rather not though. I have so much data on this computer. It's now also my personal and work computer. While it's down, it's crippling me doing my job. So, it would be nice not to have to format.

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#5
September 21, 2020 at 09:59:10
". I have so much data on this computer. It's now also my personal and work computer. While it's down, it's crippling me doing my job...."

That seems like a good reason to back up everything now. Even if things were fine, you should have a backup of everything that's important. Scan for viruses and malware first, then do it now before you have far more serious issues (which sounds like may be eminent).

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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#6
September 22, 2020 at 10:34:33
I do have a backup of everything. I actually think I'm overboard on the backups. I use 4 different apps to backup my data. 3 of them backup to cloud and 3 backup to local (2 overlap). Im super paranoid of loosing data. I have home videos of my kids being born 15 years ago and 20 years of pictures and home videos I dont want to ever loose. Just, when I need to restore from backup, it takes forever.... sometimes weeks. I reloaded the os today. I was careful not to touch my second drive. Just ran a benchmark and my cpu scored 9266... slightly lower than I got on the portable hard drive. Some of my other scores are much worse. Maybe need to look into upgrading the ram and video card. (My ram came in at 17% of the average user.... I'll have to see what the board supports and see if i can put something faster in.)

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