At the request of our awesome GD members we incorporated the new benchmark area into the site a few weeks ago. You will probably have noticed it already ;)
The benchmark area helps everyone across the site see a wide range of different benchmarks for real world hardware. There are a lot of different types of benchmarking software available. Many of them are free and usually very quick to use.
With that in mind we figured that some people may prefer one benchmark software tool over another, or maybe some GD'ers might dont want to use a benchmark tool that is 500Mb to download.
So we decided to not standardise but instead make the system capable of letting you choose exactly which benchmark you would like to submit and we will logically gather that data and display it to everyone else. This in turn will help everyone understand which benchmark tools are available, while also showing clearly what sort of benchmarks a rig might get. Awesome!
Now you guys know how imaginative Felix can be, as more and more people submit their benchmarks we will start to do some funky things with the data and display it back to you, this is GD after all.
Another bonus from this area is that we will be able to enhance existing data accuracy as well.
Submitting a benchmark may seem confusing at first but I am here to completely talk you through the process.
First up - Some benchmark tools allow you to customise your benchmark settings. Please do not submit custom configured results as each tool and test needs to stick to a standard benchmark that everyone can perform.
Ok, on to how to add a benchmark to GD
1. Visit your profile
2. In the left hand column above your rig you will see a button that says "Add Benchmarks". Go ahead and click that.
3. A white "Submit A Benchmark" form will appear in the center of the screen.
4. After each form field their is a ? which will display extra info about the field if you hover your mouse over it. The first form field is optional and asks you to select the Benchmark Type.Lets leave this blank for the moment
5. The next field is called ToolYou can select an item of software to use to benchmark your PC. We recommend you start by selecting NovaBench
6. The next form field is called TestHere you choose the specific test you will run to benchmark your PC. We recommend you start by selecting NovaBench Score
7. Once you select it you will see a link image turn up next to the drop down field. If you click that link image you will begin downloading the 12 Megabyte NovaBench software
8. Run that software on your PC and you will get a benchmark score called "NovaBench Score"
9. The next form field is called Score. Enter the numerical benchmark score here
The following 2 fields in the form, Tool-User Review and Tool-User Rating, are optional and are your way of providing feedback about your benchmark software experience to fellow GD'ers
10. THE BENCHMARK SCREENSHOT
It is all about your screenshot. It needs to be well organised and clear. And your first screenshot needs to contain three key elements.
i. The benchmark result [This is the report from the benchmark software that will show the completed benchmark score]
ii. Information that supports the PC that you have currently selected in your GD profile. [Use software like CPU-Z]
iii. The background of the screenshot should contain some of your GD profile
FYI - If you ever want to copy a single window from your PC press ALT+Print-Screen then press CTRL+v to paste it into your image editing window.
Tip - CPU-Z has tabs across the top of the tool for each component. The benchmark screenshot results should show at least the CPU and Graphics content.
Tip - Hover over the ? after the word Screenshot at the bottom of the form and you will see our acceptable screenshot dimensions and file size.
Game-Debate Benchmark Screenshot Dimensions and Sizes
Minimum screenshot is 350 pixels wide by 350 pixels tall
Maximum screenshot size is 1350 pixels wide by 1000 pixels tall
Remember the screenshot image and numbers within it have to be readable by GD admin.
This is plenty of space to fit everything into your benchmark screenshot. However, if you are having trouble we recommend that you use a free image tool like GIMP, where you can save an image for less Kb without losing visible image quality or pixel size.
Tip - The benchmark screenshots are expandable when you click on them and will expand to the full size that you submit them as.
Here is a brief How-to use GIMP
To save a screenshot in GIMP simply edit/position your image, making sure the pixel dimensions do not exceed those highlighted above, then go to File, Export..
You will be taken to the save screen.
Give the image a name and also .jpg file extension [for example, gdBenchmarkScreenshot.jpg] and then click Export button
Another screen will appear that looks like this...
Move the quality slider to 80% and then click Export to complete your benchmark screenshot save.
This can often convert an image from 400Kb down to 150Kb or less, without the image becoming distorted.
Tip - Do not show your email address that is in your member profile in your screenshot.
So your final Benchmark screenshot should look like the one in the top right corner of this article
The image Felix has submitted in the above example is 196Kb, 758 pixels wide and 589 pixels tall. All well within the range limits set. If you click the image you will see it clearly.