Hi all,

Today, I happened to stumble on a page of the MoHPC that I had never seen before: the Benchmark Results page (MoHPC Benchmark Results). Considering that it was a quick test, I just *had* to try-out the benchmark code on my WP-34s! ;-)

I followed the rules, and stayed as close to the original/pseudo-code as possible (no recall arithmetic, no 'back'). This is what I got:

Math/overhead: 6911 /679*100 = 1018

Trigonometry: 240 /40*100 = 600

Speed/US$: (2*1018+600)/75 = 3515 (assumes $75 price)

For comparison, the two best scores on the MoHPC page (through HP-49G+) for each test are:

Math/overhead: HP-9825A (977), HP-49G+ (643)

Trigonometry: HP-49G+ (2535), HP-48G (1350) [SysRPL]

Speed/US$: HP-49G+ (2171), HP-48G (1276) [SysRPL]

And based on a quote from the MoHPC Benchmark page:

Quote:I would observe:

The trigonometric algorithms in the handhelds appeared to be more efficient than the those used in the desktops but the desktops calculated trig functions accurate to 12 digits vs. 9 for the early handhelds. On the HP-67/97 handheld accuracy improved to 10 digits and on the HP-41C and RPL calculators, handheld accuracy was comparable to the desktops.

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The recent handhelds have plenty of horsepower as evidenced by the trigonometric test, but they also have more overhead with larger screens, multiple data types, unlimited stacks, etc. As a result the math results are not as impressive because they spend proportionately more time on overhead.

(1) the WP-34s's Trig benchmark is not as impressive because it is computing the values to *much* higher accuracy,

(2) the WP-34s screams in the Math/Overhead benchmark, and

(3) the WP-34s is an *unmatched* powerhouse of speed and capability for a very, very small price! (I used $75, but you could fairly use a price of $21 + $6 + 6$ = $33 for your HP-30b + cable + overlay!)

I love my WP-34s! ;-)

Have a good weekend,

Bruce.