This guide is to help you setup the required benchmarks for Forum Warz, choose the correct settings, register your user accounts for a few benchmarks and take proper screenshots for submissions. This guide also assumes that you have read the other guides (overclocking and Windows tweaking) to arrive at the final stage. Please go to those relevant guides if you have not done so already so you can achieve optimum results and be an outstanding participant.
Now that you have a properly tweaked machine and operating system we can dive into the benchmarks. There are a variety of benchmarks to test you mettle so don't be afraid to seek advice and ask questions resulting from the use of this guide.
First off, we need to download and collect the proper benchmarks. Note the versions and only download those versions of the benchmark. These include:
3dMark Vantage 1.0.2
3DMark 2006 1.2.0
You will also need the latest version of CPU-Z
and the latest version of GPU-Z
which will come in handy.
Download and install all of the programs. Now let's start setting up the benchmarks, so go to Geekbench first. When we run it we have a choice to register, purchase or try Geekbench. Since we will be only using 32-bit mode for this benchmark, clicking Try Geekbench is the way to go.
After running the benchmark click submit. If you haven't done so already, sign-up and create a user account. Something similar or exactly the same to your screen name is the most appropriate way when creating your account. This way we know it's you. *Special Note added: Please open up notepad or wordpad and type in your name, team name and class and have this open for the screenshots.* Open up notepad or something similar and copy and paste the link to that result to the word processor and paste it. This way we can keep track of your results and this presents and easy method to just copy and paste it into the submission thread. Remember, work smarter, not harder!
Now let's move onto 3DMark Vantage. Also note, that these outlines can be used even for stock Forum Warz, our trial runs runs and even your own personal data collection. It's best to get into a good habit and make things easier on yourself by following these tips. Run 3DMark Vantage and either run the trial mode (which only allows you one run), or else enter in your serial number to register your version for unlimited ORB submissions. It's best to register and pay to avoid the hassle. The Basic version will suffice. If you have advanced versions or better please leave the settings at default. Do not alter them! Also note, that PhysX needs to be disabled on nVIDIA cards to create a valid benchmark for Forum Warz. Since this is the DX10 version of the venerable benchmark you will need to be in Vista or Windows 7 to operate the benchmark.
Once you get a score, click submit (agree to the terms to post online) and go online to view the score. You will need an ORB account. If you already have one, then you will be able to view the score and even in-depth details. If not, you should create an account. You should also make specific groupings in your ORB account for trial runs, your tweaks, Forum Warz, etc. This keeps searching for benchmarks much easier. When you are viewing your benchmark score, enter in the details of that run such as voltages, BIOS settings and anything else to help you remember this run and look back at for reference.
Also make sure to enter your username (forum name) and enter in the class and forum you represent. This is mandatory to validate the score of your hardware. Once you are done editing, make that benchmark public. When you do, you will get a compare link that anyone can view. Copy and paste that into your notepad or wordpad with all your previous links.
Now onto 3DMark 2006. Since ORB lets you have up to 5 runs of the free edition of 3DMark '06 on your account, the free edition will work fine here. If you have more advanced editions, as with the other Futruremark benchmnark, please do not alter the default settings. When you complete a run, upload it to ORB in your account, edit the description including your forum name, the forum and the class you represent. Make the link public and copy and paste the link into your notepad.
Now we're getting places! On to Cinebench R10 32-bit. Do not run the 64-bit version for Forum Warz or trials as only the 32-bit submissions will be taken. When the program opens up, in the top-left corner please fill in the current frequency of the CPU and your username under "Tester". The only test you need to run is Rendering (x CPU). Do not run Rendering 1 CPU nor the OpenGL test.
When you are done, open up two instances of CPU-Z. On one of the CPU-Z's, click the memory tab. Now arrange the Cinebench R10 32-bit benchmark and the two CPU-Z windows so that they can be clearly seen. Hover your mouse over the date clock on the taskbar to bring up the date. (The time won't be necessary for the Real Warz, but for the drills you will be required to date/time stamp it. It's also good practice to include it, at least for your own reference.) Now press the 'Print Screen' button (sometimes abbreviated Prt Scrn) and open up a paint program such as Microsoft's Paint and paste the screenshot. If you have your own screen capture program, you may also use that. Before you save the file, please crop the desktop. As many picture-hosting sites on the internet shrink the picture and it becomes hard to verify. Plus, let's help make it easy on the cops that will have to verify a ton of benchmarks.
Alrighty! One last benchmark to go. Start up wPrime. If it doesn't start in Vista or 7, right click it and under compatibility click run as administrator. DO NOT ENABLE COMPATABILITY MODE! That would severely hamper your score. Click advanced settings and then enter in the number of logical cores you have on your system. Logical means all cores measured by the operating system, regardless if they are extended or physical cores. You should always be entering in the maximum number, every benchmark run. The more cores (and faster your clocks) the faster this benchmark runs. If you feel it's taking a longer time than normal, you may have not remembered to enter in the core count.
Click run 32M benchmark. That's all there is to it! When you are done, the score will be shown under the 32M heading. You can click the diskette button to save it if you like, but make sure you submit the score. Put your username and under description put the forum and class you represent. Open up two instances of CPU-Z, one with the memory tab open. Take a screen shot, crop it and save it. Submit it to HWBot.
Depending on how awesome HWBot is working today, it may actually put in all your data, or it may error out and sort of sit there. If it doesn't input the data, you have to enter it in manually. Make sure you are logged in first. If you don't have a user account, sign-up now! Once in, if the submission still won't go through, you can manually select the benchmark (wPrime 32M) and then enter in the details. Don't forget to add in the screenshot for validation to HWBot.
If successful, you will then get a link. Add that link to your notepad full of links, and save that notepad file. Now we can start rounding up all these benchmarks for submission. Gather up all the links and pictures and open them up. We'll need to input the values into the Forum Warz 2011 calculator
. Enter in the numbers, and triple-check everything. For Vantage, enter in the "P" score. And for 3DMark '06 enter in the 3DMark Score. Enter in the the CPU clocks in MHz. That means, if you are running at 4.125GHz, enter in 4125MHz. Don't round up or down the OC numbers, just enter it in exactly as what it calculates out to when you adjust your multiplier and reference clocks.
For example, if after adjusting my CPU for an overclock and I end up at 2925MHz, but CPU-Z reports it as 2,923 or 2,927MHz, enter in the absolute number of 2,925MHz. Enter in the correct OC bonus in the correct way. Don't enter in 34%, but rather 134%. The calculator gives you the correct number, so use it. When you are done, you are given a score. Take a screenshot of that with the desktop wallpaper visible and date highlighted just in case. Add that link to the calculator screenshot and you are almost done!
Now all you have to do, is find the correct submission thread, make a post with all your links from your notepad and you are done. A cop will later verify your results. You should be getting validation. If not, see why. Remember though, please post links only. If you use Photobucket, it is called a Direct Link. Don't paste image links and try to refrain from thumbnails. These threads will become large and even thumbnails will start eating into the bandwidth to load the pages.
There are other ways to get your picture up. Post an awesome score, and you may get the deserved recognition. Maybe it's an awesome mod you did, or crazy cooling, or used duct-tape in an ingenious way? The other less glorious way, is to be caught cheating. Don't do it. Plain and simple. Just have fun and set your own goals. It's not about being the best overall, but it's about doing your best and working with team players.
All discussions of invalid or valid benchmarks shall be taken up with the cops and kept away from public discussion as much as possible. We're human, and sometimes we do make legitimate mistakes. Any further questions on this guide, or any special requests for an addendum, please don't hesitate to ask your team captain or the author of this guide.
Some helpful hints for the benchmarks...
-When registering Vantage (and most likely future products from Futuremark) you cannot copy and paste the key into the box. You must manually type it in. Turn on caps-lock and you must also type in the hyphens.
-Run the same benchmark a few times if you can. Obviously, if this is a suicide run, you most likely can't, but try to get a few suicide runs gathered before submitting. You may find out of 3 or 4 runs, there is one score that is stronger than the rest. Think of it this way; If you were to run the hundred metre dash 4 times, you'd most likely get the same times, but once you were amped up enough to get a stellar score. Same happens in the computer world.
-Set your desktop resolution to 1280x1024 for 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark '06 and turn off areo. Going to Windows Classic mode solves this. It's not pretty but it reduces the memory footprint in VRAM and uses less CPU cycles.
-Let your desktop come to idle for about 15 minutes or until disk activity stops in Vista/7 from the prefetcher. You can choose to disable prefetching, but I've found that is also reduces the score in Vantage and 3DMark '06 a bit. Those with SSDs may want to experiment.
-Why did I download GPU-Z? Simple reason is the fact if ORB is down or you have trouble getting a validation link. If you can show the score you received in these benchmark tests, you can put up the two CPU-Z screens with one on the memory tab, and have GPU-Z along with it, along with the desktop background and time marked. Remember though, this is a last case option. Do not be surprised if this method doesn't get validated or comes under scrutiny. This is where confirming this option for your user account works beforehand reduces trouble.
-Do I have to run each benchmark at the same CPU speed? No. Run each one as fast you can. WPrime32M is the one that will reflect your maximum OC, so that is the one where you want to do your best OC on your CPU with.
-OMG! Those scores are so lame, I can totally PWN those! While it is nice to have some friendly banter and talk some smack, don't forget that there are many classes of computers running. If you've ever watched the 24 Hours of Le Mans (Le Mans du 24 Heures), there are many types of cars on the track at the same time. Everyone tries their best and not all will finish. Sometimes it's the big guys doing extreme water-cooling or LN2 that kill off a computer, or sometimes it's the little guy trying hard and kills their computer. While we never want to see that happen, we do try our best and hopefully our guidance from these guides and members will help you cross the finish line victorious.
-Why are the submission requirements different in the Mock/Trial Waz than the Forum Warz? This is to help aid us in overclocking more so and getting that figured out, than being pedantic about perfect submissions. It never hurts though, to be in good practice.
-How do I properly submit my scores? You will want to submit them in the following format:
Group - Team Name
WPrime 32M with OC bonus
Forum Warz 2011 Calculator
It should look something similar to this:
Group G - Spongy Stones
3DMark Vantage 1.0.2
3DMark 2006 1.2.0
Forum Warz 2011 Calculator
OC = 2925MHz, OC Bonus = 113%, Forum Warz 2011 Score = 147,135
**Enjoy, have fun, and let's see what we can do!!
**Remember to eat a good breakfast before undertaking the art of overclocking and benchmarking.
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