GPU Benchmarking Methods Investigated: Fact vs. Fiction

kemical

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Benchmarks. Every website worth their marbles uses them to varying degrees of accuracy. Meanwhile, every reader wants to recreate them in some way, shape or form in order to do exactly what their favorite publications are doing: to evaluate the performance of their hardware choices and quantify their purchase. Benchmarks can also help diagnose a problem but more often than not websites like Hardware Canucks use these tools to determine how well a given product performs against the competition. As with all things, the number of programs we can attain results with is nearly infinite but it is the job of publications to choose the right set of tools which will accurately convey results to the masses. Unfortunately, as we will show you in this article choosing the right programs and sequences is extremely hard and most of the current methods are inaccurate.

The reason why we have chosen to focus on GPU benchmarking is because this really is the wild-west of the online review industry. A fortune in terms of traffic can be had if GPU reviews are published regularly but with potential traffic increases comes the risk of cutting corners in order to complete the time-consuming benchmarking portion as quickly as possible. Naturally, some time-cutting methods will still produce accurate results while others won’t.

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