What is PocketMark ?
How to get PocketMark ?
The latest release is PocketMark v0.2.1. It features a DB speed test (DBMark), a graphic fill test (GraphMark) and the ability to save results in a Memo; PocketMark is released under GPL with full C source code.
You can retrieve it from here.
Please read the README file included in the .zip .
What is required to run PocketMark ?
You need a Palm device with PalmOS v2.0 or later (so a Palm Pilot Personal or newer); and you need MathLib, a freeware math shared library. If you don't have MathLib installed on your device (many apps require it, such as scientific calculators and so), grab it here.
Is there a result summary, to compare the scores from various devices ? Is there a "reference" score ?
PocketMark is designed to give all results of "100" for a 3Com Palm IIIx: this is sort of a "reference index".
Please note that, in order to have consistent results, you should disable all the "hacks" you could have installed on your device, because they can hurt the performances by a few percent. Also consider (temporarily) deinstalling HackMaster, if you have it.
A summary table of PocketMark indexes from various devices is provided below:
|Palm IIIe S.E., OS3.1.1||100||91||100||99||59||100|
|Palm IIIx OS3.1||94||83||93||92|
|Palm V OS3.1||94||83||93||92|
|Palm m100 OS3.5.2||94||93||93||94||192||64|
|Palm IIIx OS3.3||100||100||100||100||100||100|
|Palm V OS3.3||100||100||100||100||100||100|
|Palm V w/20MHz-8MB upgrade, OS3.3||115||113||114||115||54||113|
|Palm Vx OS3.5||115||115||113||115||213||78|
|Sony Clie (first model)||115||115||113||115||219||78|
|Handspring Visor DeLuxe||129||101||132||125||57||112|
|Palm VIIx OS3.5||156||139||158||154||196||95|
|Handspring Visor Prism||203||124||200||191||224||43|
|Sony Clie N710C||195||172||192||191||326||323|
|Handspring Visor Platinum||202||179||201||198||342||107|
|Handspring Visor Edge||231||186||233||225||351||112|
|Palm IIIe w/CruiseControl||124||94||125||120|
|Palm IIIe S.E. OS3.1.1 w/CruiseControl||130||102||133||126||65||113|
|Palm IIIx OS3.3 w/CruiseControl||131||114||134||129||112||112|
|Palm IIIx OS3.3 w/CruiseControl&QuickBits||130||275||133||152||114||116|
|Palm Vx w/TornadoV||166||141||167||162|
|Palm IIIc w/CruiseControl||163||148||169||162||265||33|
|Visor w/TornadoV, NoStreak, NoWaitZ||172||154||177||170|
|TRG Pro w/TornadoV||173||171||179||174|
|Palm IIIc w/TornadoV||176||160||184||175||281||35|
|Palm Vx w/TornadoV and NoStreak||177||174||182||177|
|Palm IIIxe w/Afterburner@28MHz||222||199||226||219||334||135|
|Handspring Visor Deluxe w/Afterburner@30MHz||242||189||248||235||104||210|
|Palm V w/20MHz-8MB upg., w/Afterburner@30MHz||240||211||248||237||94||208|
|Handspring Visor Deluxe w/Afterburner@32MHz||255||202||264||248||115||222|
|IBM WorkPad C3 w/Afterburner@32MHz||253||224||258||249||449||153|
|Palm Vx OS3.5.2 w/Afterburner@32MHz||258||232||264||255||418||157|
|Visor Prism w/FastCPU@46MHz||289||178||284||272||330||61|
|Visor Platinum w/Afterburner@45MHz||316||256||316||307||437||176|
|Palm V OS3.5 w/Afterburner@45MHz||358||321||366||354||660||219|
We have a new winner: the Handspring Visor Edge clearly outperforms even the supposedly fastest Visor, the Platinum.
Once again, Palm Computing devices fail to reach the performance level of their competitors; but not by too much.
As you can see, the Palm Pilot Professional and the Palm III share the same scores; this is because they share the same hardware. The same applies to Palm IIIx and Palm V, and to many others.
Palm Vx shows better performances, due to its higher-clocked CPU (20 MHz vs. 16.6 MHz).
The m505 has the best performances for the Palm Inc. devices, except for the GraphMark score: it seems that the routine PocketMark uses for it (an old 2.0 graph routine) defaults to 8 bpp or maybe even 16 bpp for the m505 (instead of 1 bpp), resulting in much more bandwidth usage. The PalmOS 4 itself could be responsible for lower GraphMark results.
On the other side, DBMarks are astonishing for OS 3.5 and 4.0: a huge improvement over previous versions !
Very interesting scores come from the Sony Clie 710: in particular, GraphMark is incredible, and we must take into account that the default screen resolution for the Clie 710 is 320x320, not 160x160 !
For a summary of the hardware differences between the various devices, please have a look at the Hardware Page.
Note that installing PalmOS 3.3 (at least on EZ-equipped devices) gives interesting performance benefits.
Do hacks and other "background" software affect performances ?
It depends from the software we are considering, but in general the answer should be "yes".
Anyway, many hacks seem not to slow down PocketMark at all, and NoStreak seems capable to even speed up the system, at least on OS 3.1 (for it leads to lower bus utilization and consequent more available memory bandwidth).
But, remember, PocketMark is only a synthetic benchmark: in real-world applications, any hack will probably hurt your system's performances.
How faster can an overclocked Palm run ?
Using CruiseControl, a free utility by BackupBuddy Software, you could see an increment around +30% of the final PalmMarks score, and a +12% on both DBMarks and GraphMarks.
You can squeeze even more performances, especially from the memory and graphic subsystems, using QuickBits by 2bit Software.
Note that those two are not overclocking utilities: your CPU clock speed remains the same.
As for "true" overclocking utilities, we can obviously see good improvements as the clock goes up (just look at those impressive Palm V scores !); but remember, overclocking not only leads to more battery consumption: it can affect your ability to use the infrared port and the serial hotsync, and can also lead to overheating your CPU.
For submissions regarding overclocked devices, please remember that I need to know:
- which overclocking utility was used
- which settings were used (clock speed, special settings, etc.)
- all the six indexes given by PocketMark
Is it possible to send results ? How ?
User reports are greatly appreciated: in fact, they allow me to build a performance database, that is what really get this application useful !
Just drop an email to email@example.com , with subject like "pocketmark" or so, and tell me your device model, PalmOS version, configuration (hacks or so) and all PocketMark indexes.
Please note that, since version 0.2, you can save your results (with the "Save to Memopad" button on the last screen) in a Memopad entry.
Many thanks !