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What the article didn't mention was the use of benchmarks to test stability of a system. Rather they focused on the performance (measurable & consistent) side of the coin.

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What the article didn't mention was the use of benchmarks to test stability of a system. Rather they focused on the performance (measurable & consistent) side of the coin.

 

If you look on Page 3 it does mention Prime95 and SuperPi which are mainly for stress testing a system....

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Turning everything off is hardly what I'd call a realistic setup :lol:

 

They address that complaint in the comments:

 

The point being, one has to eliminate as many variables as possible in order to produce repeatable results. This is a basic of any scientific testing method - whether it be life sciences or computer sciences. Once you can produce a repeatable result - you have established a control (or a baseline.) THEN add in the other variables to determine the effect it has, preferably one at a time. Turn on your virus scanner. Repeat the testing and compare it to your control. Analyze the data. Add in another variable, say your network. Repeat and rinse.

 

This is also why they don't recommend using FRAPS and just running through a level of your favorite game. It's not accurately reproducable. It can give you a general idea over many runs, but it can vary wildly.

 

Of course you can customize this to your heart's content and maybe just a general idea is all you need. The article does mention the idea of "play more games" as opposed to just endlessly benchmarking one's PC and analyzing every last little detail to get that extra tenth of a framerate.

 

Makes sense to me.

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