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giobbi
November 24th, 2013, 08:22 AM
Hi,

I remember in the 1980s there was a quick and dirty performances benchmark called speed.com (or pcspeed.com or speed.exe) that simply returns an horizontal white or yellow graph bar with the CPU speed and was used for brutal comparative tests of PCs (I think it worked until 286 based systems). Back in the age where the Turbo key on PCs was considered useful :D

After a deep but inconclusive search on Google, I gave up and decided to ask your help....

Does anybody here has this vintage tool and can share it ?

thanks
Giovi

Chuck(G)
November 24th, 2013, 09:22 AM
What version? (It was a Landmark product, IIRC)

Trixter
November 24th, 2013, 09:56 AM
Does anybody here has this vintage tool and can share it ?


Versions 2.0 and 6.0 of Landmark Speed is here: http://dosbenchmark.wordpress.com/otherbenchmarks/

Some light discussion of it is here: http://dosbenchmark.wordpress.com/research/landmark/

But I encourage you to also check out TOPBENCH which is here: http://dosbenchmark.wordpress.com/ (http://dosbenchmark.wordpress.com/otherbenchmarks/)

Chuck(G)
November 24th, 2013, 10:15 AM
The most common version of SPEED that one saw at computer fairs duing the 8088/286 era was version 0.99. It's in the SIMTEL CP/M collection simply as SPEED.ARC. I have vivid memories of the pulsing display and that incessant "beep beep beep..."

The last version that I have is 3.00.

SomeGuy
November 24th, 2013, 10:52 AM
There is a copy of Landmark Speed test 2.00 here: http://cd.textfiles.com/microhaus/mhblackbox2/DIAGNOSE/SPEED20.ZIP

I recall hearing some vendors rigged their systems to falsely show faster results with this.

For me it was usually this or Norton SI 4.5 to determine CPU performance.

For for overall system and VGA graphics speed there was Superscape 3d Benchmark with a cool spinning computer.

Chuck(G)
November 24th, 2013, 11:07 AM
My main tool for determining system performance has not changed after 40-some years--a stopwatch and the program that I'd like to measure the performance of. To mangle a quote often attributed to Mark Twain, there are lies, damned lies and benchmarks...

giobbi
November 24th, 2013, 12:48 PM
My main tool for determining system performance has not changed after 40-some years--a stopwatch and the program that I'd like to measure the performance of. To mangle a quote often attributed to Mark Twain, there are lies, damned lies and benchmarks...

LOL I agree :-)

This was just a reminiscence from my youth; however thank you all for pinpoint me in the right direction.

BTW the right one is the speed200.arc ("the landmark cpu speed test: speed version 2.00 - 1987"). Maybe also speedcom.exe from speed20.zip as suggested by SomeGuy works, I didn't check it (yet).