Originally Posted by Offler
Thats actually very visible on scores that it was happenning. However it does tamper with benchmark configuration and because of this reason the score is fake.
However its not the only way how to cause benchmark to give better scores, unrelated to the real performance. There is wide range of tricks.
There are methods how to apply configuration set before the test begin, however it might have unwanted effects on the system as a whole.
Yes it is visible, but that doesn't make it illegal/fake as altering LOD is an allowed optimization as per the rules on HWbot, the platform that run the benchmark competition.
However the fact the sysinfo from Futuremark doesn't detect the tweak because it scan the parameter before the bench run is silly, they could simply add another verification at the end.
You can see on Firestrike ultra top30
that I keep up with, follow the bot rules and LOD is allowed, my own run are with modified LOD (prior to sysinfo change in detection, so it doesn't show up) and latest high score by Gunslinger have the LOD tweak too, he didn't bother to apply those after the detection, because that's stupid to do so when the rules allow it.
The statement that it "results in false higher end scores" is just wrong.
If we are talking about a competition point of view, well everyone in the pro/elite league knows about lod tweak. nothing to see here, moving on.
But if we are talking about the average joe expecting incredible result like Vince when he advertise about the Kinpin card... Well that's a different story.
That video might be new, but that's old news to me. However he (Ronaldo) was the one that reported the bug with platform clock tuning (the RTC bug), making some benchmark illegal to run on win8/10 (see this
). So this might make the rules change, or the way the detection of such tweak is done by the benchmark softs.