The previous host, ColonialRaptor, was unable to continually update. I offered to take over the thread.
At first glance, this thread looks like a simple way to brag about the capabilities of ones computer. There's no question about that aspect. However, as an adjunct to the "I Need a New PC!" thread, it serves three other major purposes.
1. Tweaking every last bit of your computer to eek out that score is pretty much the same as playing any sort of game with a leaderboard. Though certain hardware capabilities give an advantage, there is a wide range of scores even between similar hardware. That's where the tweaking comes in. This can also show people that they might be able to get a lot more out of their hardware.
2. For people who just spent hours researching, buying, and building their rigs, it provides a place to see the improvements over their previous equipment in comparison to the community.
3. It allows the folks who contribute to the PC thread a good set of statistics to use, so we can better serve the community in guiding their purchases and offering advice.
1. Download 3DMark11 from here - Download.
2. Install 3DMark11.
3. Open the program and click the "Basic" tab. For the settings, leave it as is. Performance should already be selected for the Preset, which runs the benchmark at 720p. Now click "Run 3DMark 11".
4. Record your results in the following format:
Score - # and type of cards - Core/Mem/Voltage of cards - CPU @ Frequency - Ram @ Frequency - Motherboard - Forum Name - Heatsink/Type(air/closed water/custom loop/phase/LN2) - Link to your score.
Please make this concise as possible for easy posting. For example:
P9048 - HD7970 - 1125/1575/stock - 2500K @ 5.0GHz - RAM @ 1600MHz - ASUS Gene-Z - mkenyon - Custom loop - link
Leave out descriptors like 1x in the GPU description, "Intel Core i5", and RAM type. This will help keep everything succinct, and makes my job easier.
When you finish running the test, the program will give you a link to the 3DMark website. This page is where you will want to link to your score. I will use this to verify authenticity. Without it, your score will not be posted.
Notes: If your heatsink isn't listed in your score, please let me know. Showing what each type of cooler is capable of is a metric I am interested in. There was a lot of formatting to be done, and it's quite the beast to proof read. Let me know if you see any errors. Also a special thanks to ColonialRaptor for the thread in the first place, as well as the great graphics.