Primate Labs Launches Geekbench 6 Benchmarking Suite

Primate Labs today announced the launch of Geekbench 6, the newest version of the company's cross-platform benchmarking suite. Geekbench 6 is an upgrade from the existing Geekbench 5 that was introduced in 2019, and it includes support for new hardware standards along with results that better mimic real-world device performance.

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The updated software navigates away from heavy reliance on pure single-threaded CPU numbers, with machine learning and other workloads changing the way that benchmarks need to work. Testing datasets have been replaced to better "reflect modern hardware and applications."

  • Bigger photos in resolutions captured by modern smartphones (12 to 48MP)
  • HTML examples representative of modern web design standards
  • A larger library of images for import tests
  • Larger maps for navigation tests
  • Bigger and more modern PDF examples
  • An increase in Clang workload size.

Primate Labs says that the tests are able to better represent the file types customers are likely to use or interact with in 2023, and are closer to workloads used by apps. Geekbench 6 has been updated to take better advantage of the GPU for machine learning for more accurate cross-platform comparisons.

Multi-core benchmarking has been overhauled and is designed to measure how cores share workloads in true-to-life workload examples, and there are a number of new tests that measure how people use devices. Existing tests have been updated as well.

  • Background blur, as during video conferences
  • Photo filters, similar to those used by modern social media apps
  • Object detection for AI workloads
  • Photo library for importing and semantic tagging photos and metadata
  • Text processing for parsing and converting things like markdown and regex in Python (more true to real developer use cases)

Geekbench 6 is free for all non-commercial personal use, while the Pro version of the software is priced at $79 for the next two weeks thanks to a 20 percent launch discount. Pro functionality adds command-line automation, offline result management, and more. Geekbench 6 can be downloaded from the Geekbench website.

Top Rated Comments

greenbreadmmm Avatar
15 months ago

This update is just going to complicate things since results use a different metric.
I'm sure people said the same thing when 5 replaced 4.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ethanwa79 Avatar
15 months ago

Interesting. Can someone please explain how the new benchmarks can still serve as a valid comparison with older hardware that has only run the previous version(s), given that the tests have changed with the new version? Or can they? Doesn’t changing the test defeat the very purpose of a benchmark? Do we need to run the new benchmarks on old hardware before it can be compared with new hardware?
Geekbench 6 benchmark scores should only be compared to other Geekbench 6 scores.

You’ll need to re-run on older hardware to get valid data.

Comparing different versions scores makes no sense. They run different tests.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
azentropy Avatar
15 months ago

Wow. Does that compare at all to 5, or is this a whole different scoring system?
It is a different scoring system, so it will take a while for their database to be populated to be able to get good comparisons.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
CMMChris Avatar
15 months ago
16" M2 Max MBP (38C / 32GB)
CPU Single: 2787
CPU Multi: 14603
GPU Metal: 128467
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
15 months ago

At the end of the day, synthetic benchmarks can't compete with real world usage. 99% of Apple users would be more than happy with the base model, but we just like nice things.
I'm not included in that 99% of Apple users. I also don't roll with the base models. From Apple, I want the BEST OF THE BEST. :p
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ikjadoon Avatar
15 months ago

Interesting lack of consistency:

Ran it on an iPad Mini 6
SC: 2096
MC: 4849
I'd check if both devices are charged to similar %. Lower charge usually means ('https://www.ifixit.com/News/9472/ios-update-slows-iphone') lower scores:




Ran it on an iPad Mini 6
SC: 2096
MC: 4849

That's saying an iPad Mini 6 is better at SC than a 5900X?
That tracks. The iPad Mini 6's A15 uses a 3.25 GHz Avalanche core (2021), while the 5900x uses a 4.8 GHz Zen3 core (2020). Avalanche has always been faster than Zen3 in single-core performance. So even an iPhone 13 Mini should be faster in SC than a 5900X.

From AnandTech many moons ago ('https://www.anandtech.com/show/16983/the-apple-a15-soc-performance-review-faster-more-efficient/2'), the A15 is just a hair behind the 5950X in integer and noticeably ahead in floating point:

A15: 7.28 int, 10.15 fp
5950X: 7.29 int, 9.79 fp



Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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