Originally Posted by Edwin
What is the point of benchmarking the cards when all you are doing is playing the games? All that matters in the end is how a game performs. It's just a matter of philosophy (sp?) now. You want to go with your pre-package lies, I like my real world results.
Wow. Just, wow.
How would you know if your card is performing as good as it can, if you don't benchmark it? By comparing it to other cards in the same game? Maybe, but that's assuming you're playing the same games as everybody is benching on, and it's assuming that you've got those games and the same card as everybody else. The X800 and 6800Go are relatively new, so lets say you play the game Pandora Tomorrow or whatever you mentioned earlier... how would you know how your card SHOULD be playing in that game, if there's nobody else you can compare results with. Great, you get average 40fps in that game, but is that what you SHOULD be getting? In order to know that, you'll need to not only have somebody else playing and benching that same game, but they also need to have the same card as you, AND have the game use the exact same settings as you... and you'll probably want more than one person benching it, otherwise your results could just be coincidental.
This is where synthetic benchmark comes in. It's a good comparison for EVERYBODY to use the same standard, and benching with the same RULES. If you're scoring absurdly low compared to others having similar specs as you, then something is wrong. If you're scoring higher than somebody with the exact same specs as you (ie, you're OCing higher than them), then by common sense, you *should* have better performance than they do in the same games.