Originally Posted by FtW 420
The only thing there is quite a few people do go into driver settings to use the sli profiles & such things for multi gpu. Then it becomes disallow all driver tweaks or just some?
Since all my scores here are probably with driver tweaks (not sure but I usually do go quality to performance) I'm hoping the 'normal' tweaks are allowed.For a limit, I would say nothing that alters the way the bench looks or runs. No wireframe hacks, LOD, tessellation changes, time cheats & driver modifications
Originally Posted by Alatar
^^ Double ++ that
...and as posted by others and myself over the last few days, this also can become a slippery slope of what is a correct driver setting (ie single monitor setting for when you use a single monitor - duh) vs a tweak vs outright cheats...we could get a situation of the 'proving a negative' thing - the famous 'have you stopped beating your wife yet'...it's not the answer but the question...I have already seen some posts about, yeah, but my scores were 'un-tweaked' and 'real'...
... it is recommended that this thread adopt the 'HWBot' sanctioning rules re. allowed tweaks for NVidia and AMD ...I joined HWBot a few months ago and like the globally governed competition
aspect, even if it means that I go up against guys with way more expensive GPUs, LN2 cooling and so forth...all that resulted in is that I learned ever more about my own system(s)...I owe more of my scores (per spoiler below) to competition against 'bigger guys' there than anything I have read here as 'tweaks'...personally, I very much enjoy making a silk purse out of a sow's ear, and thus I ended up w/4 very fast little (GTX 670) piglets
per Karlitos' table on p1
...but have a look at the two screen shots below...the one on the left is the 'Quality'
setting in the NVidia driver panel, the one on the right is 'High Performance'.
..I chose that one as I would think that it carries by far the biggest impact...'win explorer' was NOT disabled and nothing else special undertaken...just the regular 'basic Win7' desktop theme I use anyways.
I used my 3970X w/3 670ies and slowed it down to 5GHz (I normally do Valley runs at 5.1, or higher and use 4 cards instead of three). I also slowed GPU clock and GPU mem a bit in order to get a truly scientific basis for comparisons - so THE ONLY thing different
is the 'quality' vs 'high performance' setting...and I rebooted between the runs, with the (air-cooled) cards at the same starting temps...the 'Quality' run shows FPS 132.5 / Score 5546, the 'High Performance' run shows FPS 132.7 / Score 5554...if the most significant driver setting / tweak results in a difference of less than 0.15%...you can draw your own further conclusions...Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Edited by Joa3d43 - 5/27/13 at 3:33am