- May 14, 2004
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|Video Card(s)||RTX 3080|
|Display(s)||30" 2560x1600 + 19" 1280x1024|
|Software||Windows 10 64-bit|
I guess this will end up "agree to disagree", but for everyone else:When you point at those difficulties in getting accurate readings, I believe you have to use the benchmark. Even if you don't like it. Because you want to compare video cards, or cpus under the absolute same conditions. You do extra performance tests when you are reviewing the game to see how specific hardware, does in all those different situations and how the game's graphic engine performs in different areas of the game. In a city with multiple NPCs visible, in the woods with plenty of vegetation, in an open field with just that dynamic weather. Running the game under a specific scenario, for example in a city, could be making it more CPU bound giving an extra advantage in high IPC CPUs, in the woods maybe it needs higher memory bandwidth from the graphics card favoring those cards and in an open field maybe it can hide in a small degree the differences in performance between different hardware because the scene is less demanding from both CPU and GPU.
I do compare them under the same conditions, using my own test scene. I played through the whole game to pick that scene, and I do claim my results will give you a more accurate representation than the benchmark of what to expect when you play the game. Obviously you can always pick a spot in any game that will give you different results than any other result. If you prefer to play the benchmark, so be it, look at other reviews. Don't you think my life would be MUCH easier if I just tested the benchmark, vs playing the same scene for hundreds of times? Another problem with nearly every integrated benchmark is that you are taking results off a cold card, which will boost much higher. For 30 seconds, and then performance drops. Ask your favorite reviewers about that.
Ultimately you'll have to trust me a little bit to do the right thing, if you don't, then you should absolutely not read my reviews.
By default, Windows will not start anything in background for non-present devices. You actually have to do work (and not care about your non-customers) to launch something, separately from the OS logicbut the settings app and services are still run in background.