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Just wondering why 95%+ of the people who test their cards with 3dmark06 test at the default resolution and settings. Why wouldn't we max everything out and then test? That would be a real comparison would it not? Maybe I just don't understand lol can someone explain it to me?
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It is because you can't do certain resolutions with the free version. Everything set to default just makes everything easier I guess.
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And because not everyone can run like 1680x1050.
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post #4 of 25
^^^^^

Yup. You buy me a 3dmark key and i will test everything


(actually, I think it is more a matter of convenience that we even use 3dmark06. It does not directly translate to gaming performance and does not stress the GFX card as much as other tests. I mean, when i see people spending money just to up their 3dmark score, I lol as it is pretty much an epeen thing)
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Because it is a standard benchmark. Different settings would make it useless for system comparisons. You need a baseline

For example,
Runner 1: I can do 100m in 15s.
Runner 2: I can do 400m in 70s.
Runner 3: I can do 150m in 30s with 100lbs on my back.
Runner 4: I can do 120m in 25s backwards.
So who is the best?
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by running at all the same settings, it gives actual comparable numbers. if half of us use the free version and run at 1024x768, and others run at 1920x1200 fully maxed, even using the same hardware the 1024 will score higher marks. so by using all the same default settings, we can get a more valid assessment of how hardware is competing.
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Originally Posted by h33b View Post
by running at all the same settings, it gives actual comparable numbers. if half of us use the free version and run at 1024x768, and others run at 1920x1200 fully maxed, even using the same hardware the 1024 will score higher marks. so by using all the same default settings, we can get a more valid assessment of how hardware is competing.
I think it actually limits higher end cards that do the same with the higher resolutions with AA/AF. For instance... I run 3dmark06 on the defaults and get x score. I up the reso to max and get the same x score. Now if you took a lower end card and did the same test that max'd reso would make that lower end card work harder for it's points. Just my opinion.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Runner 1: I can do 100m in 15s.
Runner 2: I can do 400m in 70s.
Runner 3: I can do 150m in 30s with 100lbs on my back.
Runner 4: I can do 120m in 25s backwards.
So who is the best?
Obviously it's the guy doing 120m backwards.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BabyHerc View Post
Obviously it's the guy doing 120m backwards.
I forgot to mention the 400m runner is drunk....
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post #10 of 25
Everyone's requirements, expectations and tolerances to gaming performance vary. Some people must have at least 60fps, others make do with 30fps. Some people have different monitors, resolutions etc.

You want to purchase what you think suits your own requirements and expectations.
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