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Originally Posted by 2Luke2 View Post
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?
If there is no control in the test, then what is the experiment worth?

You see, the way it is now, the "settings" are the control, and our hardware (and software, like OS and stuff running in it) is the variable.

If we're allowed to change the settings of the test, then we have ALL variables and no control. There is nothing to compare.
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If there is no control in the test, then what is the experiment worth?

You see, the way it is now, the "settings" are the control, and our hardware (and software, like OS and stuff running in it) is the variable.

If we're allowed to change the settings of the test, then we have ALL variables and no control. There is nothing to compare.
I just think the control needs to be bumped up to see the power of the higher end cards is all I'm saying.
post #23 of 25
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I just think the control needs to be bumped up to see the power of the higher end cards is all I'm saying.
True... but it is called 3DMark06. Video and CPU power is 6-8 times more powerful since its release.


When is 3DMark08 due? Or is that 3DVantage?
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3dmark03 is the most GPU bound benchmark i have found so far. aquamark relies heavily on the CPU.
There are several tests in 03 that are heavily limited by the CPU.

Anyway, it's impossible to separate the GPU from the CPU.

The CPU has to process frames to be sent to the card, and driver overhead is quite substantial in many cases, especially when dealing with multiple GPUs.
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There are several tests in 03 that are heavily limited by the CPU.

Anyway, it's impossible to separate the GPU from the CPU.

The CPU has to process frames to be sent to the card, and driver overhead is quite substantial in many cases, especially when dealing with multiple GPUs.
true, but overclocking your GPU, adding more GPUs, and driver tweaks seem to have more of an effect on the 3dmark03 score than any other benchmark i have tested, especially the pyroxicon (spelling?) test where your GPU matters a ton more than your CPU.
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