We're constantly bombarded with benchmark results, used to pitch everything from web browsers to cell service. But if benchmarks aren't built properly, results are erroneous or misleading. Here's what goes into a great benchmark, and how to make your own.
Vista's Windows Experience Index was an easy way to see, in number form, which parts of your computer was responsible for your sluggish performance. Windows 7 does the same, but now it's better by two.
Via's Nano and Intel's low-power processors are intended for slightly different purposes, but that didn't stop pitting them against each other in performance tests, and coming up with some interesting results. In every single benchmark, the beefier Nano beat the Atom. In particular it was 59% better in MP3 encoding…