PCMTuner vs ECUHelp ECU Bench Tool

New ECUHelp ECU Bench Tool any thoughts?  What’s the difference between PCMTuner and ECU Bench Tool?

Check table comparison below:

Item PCMTuner ECUHelp ECU Bench Tool
Image Pcmtuner Main Unti Ecu Bench Tool 2
Dongle With a Smart USB dongle No dongle
Software 1.Pcmtuner

2. Pcm flash

1. AMT bench service tool (AMT BST)

2. ECUHelp 2.0

Version Master Master
Dataceter VZ performance ECUHelp 2.0
Network connection Yes Yes
Update & Subscription


Pcmtuner update online,

No subscription, No annual fee, no monthly fee.

Pcmflash update by dongle

both AMT and ECUHelp software Update online
Checksum Yes Yes
VR read & write Yes, online Yes, online
BMW Bosch EDC16 EDC17 MEDC17 No Yes
MG1 MD1 Coming soon, need to buy new adapter set Yes, with the license activated
VAG Volvo ME9 No Yes, with the license activated
Operation mode OBD, Bench, Boot Bench, boot mode
Offline/online Work offline, VR need online. work online, VR online
Activation Yes, provide S/N to activate and register with email Provide S/N to activate
ECU list Check ECU List Check ECU List
ECU Tuning Service Download VR files for free

Pay for tuning file (Not free)

Download VR files for free

Pay for tuning file (Not free)

In sum:

  • ECU Bench tool is a clone of AMT BST bench tool. PCMTuner is based on PCMFlash. PCM tuner uses dongle, ECU bench tool does not.  They are different devices.
  • ECU Bench tool does not work on OBD mode. PCMTuner does.
  • ECU bench tool does not read gearbox ECUs, PCMTuner does. PCMTuner cannot read BMW Bosch EDC16 EDC17, MG1 MD1 and ME9 ECUs at present (keep updating).
  • Both come with 2 software programs, one to read and write ECU, and another for wiring diagram/tuning file download.
  • Ecu bench tool both programs can be updated online. pcmtuner flash software is not possible to update online.
  • Both provide VR files download, tuning download and tuning service.