If you are writing a review for your notebook, you have the option to submit benchmarks at the same time you are submitting your review. The following will help walk you through the process. 2. How-to: Submit a Benchmark with a Review
The example below will be stepping through the process of submitting a review and benchmark at the same time with an OCZ netbook. Step 1.
At the top of the screen on any page, there is a Notebook Reviews
tab. This is where all the review on NBF reside. This is also where you can begin a new review. Click Notebook Reviews
On this page, there is a second layer of tabs, one of them is named Write Laptop Review
. Click this tab. Step 3.
The next step allows you to choose what vendor you are writing about. If you're not sure, you can create your review in the Review Edit forum, and when you are finished, our mods will move your review to the correct forum. In this example, we are writing an OCZ Netbook review, so I would click on the link that says OCZ & Hypersonic Reviews
. Step 4.
This next screen brings us to the Review Template. Here is where we can input the specs, information and ratings about the notebook we are reviewing. Use the drop down menus to rate the sections of the notebook on a scale of 1-10. After I am done entering the information, I want to submit benchmarks, so I am going to click on the Manage Benchmarks
button. Step 5.
Clicking the Manage Benchmarks button should bring up the Add Your System window. In this window you will see another button; Add System. Before submitting a benchmark it is necessary to put in your system specs to ensure accurate comparison in our database. If it is a more popular notebook, most of the specs will be already listed in the drop down menus, but less popular notebooks or notebooks note yet entered in our database will result in the manual input of system specs. You will only need to do this step once per system.
Enter a title for your benchmark and fill in the specs. When you are finished, click next at the bottom. Step 6 (optional).
The next screen is a screen that will allow you to put in additional information about your system’s performance. If you have overclocked your notebook’s video card or CPU, you can make comments here. This page is mostly for advanced users and can be skipped if your system is stock. Although it would be helpful if you put in your notebook’s video card driver version. Hit Next
when this step is completed. Step 7.
Now your system is entered under your Notebookforum account. You can verify this by noticing the name of your computer in the screen below. In this case it says; Alienware M17. You are now ready to start submitting benchmarks. Click the Add A Benchmark
button. Step 8.
This screen allows users to choose between Application Benchmarks and Gaming Benchmarks. Application Benchmarks (or Synthetic benchmarks) are benchmarks that evaluate a notebook’s performance based primarily on hardware specs. Gaming benchmarks typically measure Frames Per Second (FPS). More information on types of benchmarks will be provided later.
In this example we are submitting the Application Benchmark 3DMark06
. Step 9.
Under the 3DMark06 Benchmark, there are two sections. (Section 1) is the only required section. Here users can submit the overall score of their benchmark. (Section 2) is for advanced users who would like to entered the additional information that is provided in the benchmark. It is not required, but it is recommended. Click the Fill Overall Scores
under (Section 1). Step 10.
Another small window will pop up. This is the area to enter your score. Click the area shown in the picture below
. Step 11.
A tiny box will pop up where you will be allowed to enter your score. Click Ok
Click SaveStep 12.
Once you have entered your score, you will need to submit proof of your score. This is a way for the Notebookforum team to verify that you did indeed run a benchmark, and it is legit. Faking or doctoring benchmark scores will result in a ban from our forums. To submit proof of your score, take a screenshot of your score by hitting the Print Screen button on your keyboard. Then enter Windows Paint
and go to Edit >> Paste. Save this as a .jpeg or .jpg. Now you can browse to your file by clicking on Choose File. When you have found your file, click Upload
. Step 13.
You have successfully uploaded a screenshot when you see this screen and message. Click Close Window
.Step 14 (optional).
Now you may choose to Fill Additional Scores (Section 2) which will be entering in more information the same way in steps 9
to steps 12
, or you may enter another benchmark type by clicking Select Another Benchmark
. This will bring you back to the screen in step 7
. Or you may choose the Done filling, close window (manage benchmarks)
button which will bring you back to the manage benchmarks screen in step 4
. Step 15.
If you choose Done filling, close window (manage benchmarks)
, it will bring you back to the Manage benchmarks for this thread window. In the shot below, it shows my most recent benchmark I’ve submitted (3Dmark06). It also shows two other benchmarks that I have submitted. If you upload multiple benchmarks, this is a shot of what your screen may look like. This is only an example. The Pending Verification
will be present until a Notebookforums admin has approved your benchmark. Once your benchmark is approved, it may look something like this:
You’re still not done! After you are done submitting benchmarks, you must click the Done (Close Window)
The Final Steps are to Enter an appropriate title, Enter text in the body of your thread
, and click on the Submit New Thread
button. You’re done!
Your screen will look something like this, with your specs listed on the right hand side of the screen, and your benchmarks at the bottom right.