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Free benchmark software vs. the ones you have to pay for

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
Whats the benefit to buying the more "high-performance" "gaming edition of a benchmark over just using the free one? I mean, its just a means of comparing scores right? Or are the ones you pay for supposed to be more accurate?

i.e.

Using 3D Mark11 free version vs Buying Firestrike version.

Whats the benefits ? Besides probably seeing a different visual animation while the test is running? Are there lasers ?!?! Just kidding about the last part.
post #2 of 4
The scores aren't any more accurate or anything like that. The paid versions simply add more options to run the benchmarks at different settings. Sounds to me like buying a benchmark application versus the free version would be a waste of money in your case.
post #3 of 4
Well buying a benchmark would add further options to the applications like for eg. In 3D Mark 13 /11, the free version, for benching asks you to go through the entire suite of benchmark including the scenes. This, for purpose of reviewing would waste a lot of time as they can buy the application and could run the benches without going for additional scenes. From getting your configuration a score, i'd doubt it would differ much
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Are they technically quicker? Or are the benchmarking runs just as long? I guess the only complaint i have is the benchmark for Heaven 4.0 Bench takes a while... so would Firestorm essentially be as effective of stressing my GPU's ?

From my understanding ive had overclocks stable with 3D Mark 11 (free version) but not stable with Heaven 4.0 Bench, so i use Heaven to test my GPU overclocks. Ill never really check my CPU overclock because its already set at 4.8 and thats the highest i want to go...Will buying Firestorm be just as effective as testing my GPU as i would be testing with Heaven 4.0 Bench?

Also, in a different case...why do people pay for the premium versions?
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