Originally Posted by Skillz
When I do these tests, I run it with my system the exact same as if I am about to play a game.
I can tell you I do not open the task manager and start closing programs just to play BF2. I do, however. Close any open windows and programs I am currently using that's being shown such as Firefox, Photoshop, FTP Client, ect...
I like to have a more accurate score as to what my "everyday" computer can do.
You've got it. Hit the nail right on the head. Most of the super scores you see on here are what I would call artificially high because people disable things and end programs, just to squeeze the extra couple hundred points out. I have managed to get the score in my sig by doing a little system 'cleanup' i.e.- disabling unnecessary system services and not loading every program I have into the system tray. Mine is setup now so I don't have to end anything to bench or game. This is something I do with Windows anyway, as I like keeping the OS as neat and clean as possible. As I said before, there are a few programs that will knock your CPU score down a bit, therefore altering the final score of the benchmark but in most games you wouldn't even be able to see a tangible difference.