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post #1 of 6
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What I consider critical anyway, maybe you disagree. But I would like to see the following as standard in all gpu reviews:

-vrm temps
-dimensions (manufacturer web sites sometimes list the wrong dimensions)
-gpu score in 3dmark benchmarks
-don't use custom settings in unigine, just go with the standard presets
-default bios settings: voltage adjust if any, fan curve, clocks of course
-how about ambient temp for temp charts? I don't see that very often

What would be killer is taking the card apart and showing the guts, vrm sinks, chokes, etc. I do see this once in a while. But I don't expect this, just be nice to see. But the other stuff, shouldn't all that be standard info in any review? I think so.

But as it stands just about every gpu review I read is page after page of gaming benches. More than we need imho. Be better to include fewer games but pick them better -- an AMD optimized game, an NVidia optimized game, a high system spec game, a low system spec game. Show performance relative to other gpus. And then call it a day and devote the rest of the review to other info.

As it stands I don't bother with the reviews, I come to places like this and ask the folks who have the cards, they provide better info than most of the trusted and well established review sites.
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I think you are reading the wrong reviews if thous things are not included.

Guru3D usually has pretty good and in-depth reviews.

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/geforce_gtx_780_ti_review,1.html
    
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Just glanced through that review, no vrm temps, no separate gpu score for 3dmark benches, only dimension given is 10.5" length which is too vague when every mm can make or break case fit, just for starters.

Stuff like that imho is more pertinent than FCAT analysis (which they include 4 pages of), which might be better left for enthusiast forums like this one.
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Just glanced through that review, no vrm temps, no separate gpu score for 3dmark benches, only dimension given is 10.5" length which is too vague when every mm can make or break case fit, just for starters.

Stuff like that imho is more pertinent than FCAT analysis (which they include 4 pages of), which might be better left for enthusiast forums like this one.

Then stop glancing and start reading


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The card is 27 cm in length. For the GeForce GTX 780 Ti launch we'll have multiple articles ranging from single GPU to 2-way SLI. We'll also look at performance based on high-end yet more moderate processors and then on the X79 platform with an overclocked Core i7 3960X running at 4600 MHz.





DX11: 3DMark 2013 Fire strike is primarily an GPU benchmark as it focuses on geometry and illumination




If you want specifically an set of 3dmark benches of an card then just google that.
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post #5 of 6
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Ahh I didn't see that there was a separate thermal imaging page, that's nice.

But why go with the composite 3dmark score? Why not just list the gpu sub score? Isn't that the relevant info?

And I glanced at their review of the Powercolor PCS+ 290X which was linked in the sidebar. No dimensions listed. And this is the card I had in mind when I listed dimensions as critical info, because the spec'd dimensions are wrong, the card is considerably larger.
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My biggest issue with reviews are their fan speed/sound tests! I dont care what its stock profile is set to, select 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% and report the sound levels at those set speeds, thats the only way to get an accurate apples vs apples on coolers. Most people use air coolers so they should be doing this! If I ever start doing my own reviews that's one of the first things I will be doing.

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