If you want to test your computer’s gaming performance, you need to use one of the best games as a benchmark for your PC. Many games do not provide consistent, reliable results, and others may provide a misleading view of how your hardware stacks up. We’ve rounded up 10 titles that are consistent, repeatable, and show just how powerful your computer is.
Most of the games we picked have built-in benchmarks. All you need to do is find the benchmark – it’s usually in Graphics menu – and run it. Others don’t have in-game benchmarks, so make sure to use a program like FRAPS and find a short section to go through to check your system performance.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla It’s not as demanding as some of the other titles on this list, but it’s a great way to gauge your PC. It has a built-in benchmark to produce consistent results that serve as a solid baseline against which you can compare other machines.
The game uses the AnvilNext 2.0 engine which is now old. It still has impressive image rendering capabilities – Valhalla is a nice game – but it’s not as demanding as some other engines. It’s consistent and that’s what’s important. We ran dozens of tests through Valhallabuilt-in benchmarks with only minor changes between tests.
Read ours Assassin’s Creed Valhalla review
Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 also has a built-in benchmark, but it’s much longer than Valhalla‘NS. It provides a solid performance overview in a demanding title that puts a strain on your CPU and GPU. Additionally, it uses the Vulkan application programming interface (API) by default, which serves as a speed change from the DirectX API that many games use.
However, this standard has an oddity. Instead of preset, Red Dead Redemption 2 there is a performance slider that adjusts settings based on your hardware. For the best, most consistent results, we recommend turning the slider to the maximum setting when running your first test.
Read ours Red Dead Redemption 2 review
Control is a solid DirectX 12 benchmark thanks to Nvidia’s and real-time ray tracing access Learning Hypersampling (DLSS). The game is a machine that simulates physics and lighting, highlighting some of the most demanding tasks a PC can handle today. Unfortunately, it lacks built-in benchmarks, so you’ll need to find a patch of the game to test for yourself.
In spite of Control great for testing the latest GPU technologies, it’s inconsistent. Enemy spawns are random, so it’s hard to find a consistent place to test, and physics simulations can take things by surprise. Still, Control is a great way to boost your hardware and check out the latest features available on graphics cards.
Read ours Control review
Hitman 3 provides an exciting in-game benchmark. Instead of a fixed setting, the game puts you in the Dartmoor level with infinite ammo weapons and the option to spawn waves of sentries. It’s a good way to hit your CPU and GPU at the same time, with large, complex environments and dense AI on characters.
In spite of Hitman 3 can stress the two, it serves a good GPU benchmark. It is well optimized to take advantage of multiple cores, so most Modern gaming CPUs shouldn’t be too stressful. A lot of the pressure comes from complex physics simulations and particles, mainly handled by your graphics card.
In addition to the Dartmoor benchmark, Hitman 3 include the set benchmarks if you want reproducible performance testing.
Read ours Hitman 3 review
Metro games have long been the giants of PC game benchmarks, and Metro Exodus is no different. Its graphics options don’t consider what people have, but what people maybe have in the future. It’s a taxing game with the latest Nvidia technologies, ultra-high quality textures, and several intense lighting options, to boot.
The main reason we included it here is Upgraded version. This upgraded version requires a ray tracing GPU as all light sources use there is hope. Metro Exodus . Advanced Version offers a rare glimpse into a future where graphics cards have unique ray-traced light rendering and it will deliver the most powerful PCs.
Read ours Metro Exodus review
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator like Metro Exodus, a game designed to take advantage of future hardware. It requires a large amount of video memory for streaming with high resolution textures, as well as as many fast CPU cores as possible. In short, it hits on all fronts. The CPU handles all the intricacies of a flight simulation, while the GPU works hard to render the world beautiful.
In addition to your CPU and GPU, Microsoft Flight Simulator emphasize every part of your system, down to your network. When Metro Exodus and Control emphasize your GPU and Hitman 3 and NScivilization VI tax your CPU, Microsoft Flight Simulator does both, providing a good overview of system performance.
However, keep in mind how demanding this game is. It will reveal bottlenecks in your system that would otherwise not show up in other games.
Civilization VI not good for checking frame rate. It’s not too demanding and is designed to scale down to low-end hardware. Still, it’s great for benchmarking your CPU. Using in-game benchmarks, you can run simulations of end-game turns and their completion times.
This is useful for testing the speed of CPU cores. Overclocking a processor usually shows clear improvements in turn-time benchmarks, which show clock-speed improvements. If you want to check if your overclock really improves your gaming performance, Civilization VI is a good standard to use.
Read ours Civilization VI review
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 is a beautiful racing game and it includes a dense in-game benchmark. The benchmark offers three different frame rate readings – GPU, CPU rendering, and CPU emulation. It also shows how much RAM and video memory the benchmark requires, letting you know if you can enable your settings.
In addition to great insights into your performance, Forza Horizon 4 Scales well across all hardware. After all, it’s designed to run on everything from the basic Xbox One to the Xbox Series X. It shows clear steps between the graphics cards as they rise in performance and price, providing a mark good indication of how your PC stacks up.
Read ours Forza Horizon 4 review
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider includes a highly repeatable built-in benchmark – similar to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. In addition to being a beautiful game that can tax high-end hardware, the built-in benchmarks provide solid performance insights, including CPU and GPU render times and 95% low frame rates.
However, it is at best the DirectX 12 benchmark. Although you can run Shadow of the Tomb Raider with DirectX 11, the game shows noticeable performance improvements with the newer API. With DirectX 12 selected, Shadow of the Tomb Raider Solid scale display across settings and hardware. That combination is hard to find, as most titles are more extensive in terms of settings or hardware.
Read ours Shadow of the Tomb Raider review
Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation almost just CPU benchmarks. Although GPU benchmarks are available, the main reason to use Ash as a standard it can take advantage of a lot of cores. In early 2021, the developers updated the game to take full advantage of 32 cores, much more than most games.
It enjoys a lot of fast cores, making Ash is a great benchmark for testing not only the CPU’s clock speed but also its core count. In addition to testing your processor, Ash also includes some demanding graphics settings with Cazy preset if you have a high end GPU that you want to emphasize.