this is why benching against yourself is more fun. Seeing if youre uber lucky "I can't believe it didn't crash during that run" was really all your rig had. To me if the clock isn't 100% stable but the bench completes, fair game. If there's a setting tweak that gives you an edge , fair game. (ala nvidia physx in vantage). If you bench it outside in negative 20 degrees, fair game. If you're using "pay to win" hardware, fair game. If you can pump throw mod after mod after mod at it, fair game. If it only works once, fair game.
It's benching, not reviewing. Think of it like a quarter mile run. I don't care if you put the pistons through the block and the driveshaft snapped at the finish line. If you crossed, it counts.