Originally Posted by Klocek001
that's the whole problem. most reviews are just sloppy. first off all, the right way to do it is at what quality settings the card will run at 60 fps, not turning on everything and then comparing. nvidia publishes whole pages of interactive comparisons with estimated framerate toll on their website, even they
tell you only to use the GW features that you want and need, not to use too many and ruin the performance. gw features should not be treated as obligatory, but high end cards should have benches with both gw on and gw off. I remember running 1440p / 60fps on my 290 was all about testing the settings, and in the end it was possible to achieve great visual quality and smooth gameplay, just do not turn everything on blindly. The only game it couldn't handle was TW3, even medium settings with gw off couldn't hold 60fps.
On the one side, I agree. Just turning on gameworks settings blindly, or any settings for that matter, is silly.
But on the other hand, you can't compare overall performance with different settings. it will just be apples vs oranges, because image quality and environmental look will be vastly different. So comparing apples to apples, same image quality, same environment, is more accurate.
If I want to run everything max, I want to know what card will be the best for me (apples vs apples). And if it is too much, I want to know what card is right for me for everything at medium (oranges vs oranges).
You can turn all settings off and low quality and run at 120fps with a 7970. That doesn't mean anything in comparison to a fury X or a 980 TI just based on the FPS, because image quality will be vastly different.
But also, turning settings on and off on every single setting for every card, can take several good days to test, if not weeks. And I doubt reviews have that much time to spend and test every card to give a 100% accurate results. Especially if suddenly a new driver comes out, and you need to start all over again. That way by the end of the year, a reviewer might not even finish. So they have to be semi-sloppy to get the review out.