from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In mining, characterized by benches, as a lode or bed.
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And now I'm a newly minted PI with a postdoc and a part time research assistant and have to relinquish control of the day-to-day benchy stuff ... and I'm not sorry to admit that I am completely sick of doing bench work myself and hope to avoid it like the plague from here on.
Then benchmark your system using 3DMark, or a cpu benchy like Prime95 or Orthos etc., record results.