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What is the deal with review sites? I swear I always get worlds better performance from hardware then they do.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-ge...ning-review/18

Like that they have a way better I7 Ram etc and only managed 71FPS @ 1920x1080 16xAf 8xAA on BFBC2? I see 80-130 at those settings?

Seems like this happens alot. What gives? I have always wondered this.
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What is the deal with review sites? I swear I always get worlds better performance from hardware then they do.

http://www.guru3d.com/article/msi-ge...ning-review/18

Like that they have a way better I7 Ram etc and only managed 71FPS @ 1920x1080 16xAf 8xAA on BFBC2? I see 80-130 at those settings?

Seems like this happens alot. What gives? I have always wondered this.
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And the light comes on! Thanks! I have always wondered what was up with that! +Rep!
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And the light comes on! Thanks! I have always wondered what was up with that! +Rep!
I mean I could be wrong but there's always performance increases with new drivers. Whether they better utilize this or that.

Could also be a whole ton of other things. But drivers are definitely a big one. Especially if you have the 270.61s that are out now that I don't think Guru3D was using.
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Another problems is they don't always tell you how they got their numbers ... what exact section did they run, what did they do exactly while in the game, etc. They might've gone into the config file and turned off 'enemy awareness' or something like that so that they wouldn't get shot at so they could replicate the exact same 'run' on multiple cards without introducing the 'fighting' variable.

Some reviewers will do dumb stuff too, like they'll force AA in the Control Panel instead of in the game, when only the in-game settings actually work for AA ... and then not tell you that's what they did.

Online benchmarks are meant for comparing different cards under identical conditions (the reviewers PC) and seeing how they measure up to each other. They're not meant to tell you how many FPS you should expect to see 'at home' on these games with this gear.
    
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Plus if you check it out, most hardware websites, the PC specs while high end are very conservatively overclocked (3.7ghz i7 965 extreme) (ram 1500mhz) - I'd say they run them at what you would see on an average higher end computer so that you can't say hey! they have a computer clocked at 6GHZ and that is totally unfair because my computer will never achieve that!
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