How to choose between PCMTuner and ECUHelp ECU Bench Tool

Both PcmTuner and ECUHelp ECU Bench Tool are new released ECU Programmer in 2022, Which one is better? Here is comparison table to help you make a choice.

Item PCMtuner ECU Bench Tool
Image PCMtuner ECU Programmer ECUhelp ECU Bench Tool
Price $499 $329
Dongle with Smart Dongle without Dongle
Software 1. PCMtuner
2. PCMflash
1. AMT Bench Service Tool(AMT BST)
2. ECUHelp
Version Master Master
Datacenter VZ Performace ECUHelp 2.0
Network Connection Yes Yes
Update & Subscription 1. PCMtuner update online, no subscription, no annual fee
2. PCMflash update by dongle
Both ATM BST and ECUHelp Update Online
Checksum Yes Yes
VR read & Write Yes, Online Yes, Online
EDC16 Not Support Yet Support, no need open ECU
EDC17 MEDC17 Yes, good for this Yes, only a few models
MG1 MD1 Coming soon, need buy new adapter yes, the license freely activated already
VAG Volvo ME9 No yes, no need open ECU
Operation Mode OBD, Bench, Boot Bench
Offline/Online Work offline, VR need online Work offline, VR need online
Activation Yes, provide SN and register email to activate Yes, provide SN to activate
ECU List PCMtuner ECU List ECU Bench Tool ECU List
ECU Tuning Service Download VR files for free
Pay for tuning file
Pay for VR files
Pay for tuning file


Ecuhelp ECU Bench Tool Advantages: support EDC16, MG1 MD1 and VAG Volvo ME9. PCMtuner need to buy new adapter to support MG1 MD1, not support EDC16 and VAG Volvo ME9 Yet.

PCM tuner Advantages: support operation Mode via OBD,Bench and Boot. ECU bench tool only support Bench, And PCMTuner download VR Files for free But ECU Bench need to pay it.