Chegs these are all modem connection speed tests. What I mean is, when you see a group test of say 10 pc's in a magazine and they rate them by various criterea including some kind of speed test. I've looked through all the mags, done searches on the major search engine but can't find a single review for my machine. Packard Bell Imedia 5167.
PC Pitstop is a machine tester(not really rated by users here)If your after a puter tester,due to the many variations in hardware,would require several tester progs(and most I have seen around the net require a hefty d/l)Usually,mag reviews use professional apps(similar to 3D-Mark)that test each component,and the reviewer gives it a "score" that is averaged between the tests.I tried a quick search for a review of your machine,and got very little. click here
I think you are talking about bench-marking. The tools that do that, for the pro's, are not within the average home user budget. No point in spending all that money to test ONE machine.
If you think your machine is slow then of course comparison can be helpful. Best thing would be to start a new thread offering up your times for booting and/or running/loading this that or the next thing, together with your machine spec and OS in order that others with same/similar setups can tell you how yours compare with theirs.
I also think you are talking about bench marking, if I remember rightly PCA used to refere to it from time to time and the program was "Ziff-Davis Benchmarks". Sorry I can't tell you any more about it or if it is still available.