Sometimes this kinda of discussions look so "unnecessary" that is beyond me why is so hard to make a decision..
1) People that run the bench and post scores and are not happy with it because someone scores higher than them at same clocks or not satisfied with the score in general its UP TO THEM if they wanna bother tweaking and fine tuning the drivers, windows, bios, power management etc etc etc. And I do NOT
mean using 3rd party tools to improve/cheat score. I'm 101% against that.
I didn't spend years of benchmarking and tweaking and reading and learning just to get average scores or below the ones I should expect to get.
2) Why is so hard to just make a set of standard rules like the NVCP settings below?
3) Now besides the above if the user wants to go the EXTRA
distance and trouble to disable every RUNNING application in his PC, even explorer, selecting Basic Theme in W7 and disabling Aero and other minor tweaks which some help some do not, then I believe its up to them if they wanna do that.
You wasting your time to fine tune and optimized your Set-Up then imho that person deserve and probably WILL get a higher score. You can't take your car off the road and into a race track immediately and expect to win all the others(even with the same car, engine etc) who spend hours upon hours optimizing and setting up their cars for the race track.
That's its cheating? They wasted their time and gone the extra mile to get there. They deserve and as I said they probably will win that race(benchmark).
4) But as stated in (2) I believe a standard set of Rules should apply like the screenshots below in NVCP. Now if someone wants to go the for the extra, like mentioned in (3) above, it's entirely up to them.
Even if someone beats you with the same card, at the same clocks by a few FPS, then it still good base/indicator to check if your card is performing adequately.
5) Saying people didn't change the values is not entirely fair either. Some might have forgotten to change from Quality preset when they were gaming, some other might also have a setting wrong that hinders performance in benchmarking.
If you wanna run faster you gotta train, if you wanna get better you gotta practice and in this case if someone wants to score higher must read, learn and practice.
And also by saying to use the default driver settings its like letting NVidia set your Driver settings preset and choosing them for your.
I'm all up for standard NVCP settings that provide MAXIMUM performance without contradicting with the benchmarks ExtremeHD settings as in disabling them in driver level.P.S:
This whole debate is really derailing the thread and taking aways its "prestige". Just my 0.02cEdited by Koniakki - 5/28/13 at 3:00am