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Introducing The New Score System

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Picarro 14th April 2011, 15:47 Quote
I have an Extreme Ultra dislike of the Extreme Ultra badge -.-'
SpAceman 14th April 2011, 16:05 Quote
Why all the hate? Its a purposely over the top name.

"For gloriously over the top products that are unsurpassed in a particular area, but bear a caveat that means we can’t recommend them to everyone."

It would seem to me that Extreme Ultra isn't the best award but simply one to acknowledge how amazingly over the top and amazing something is to the point of almost being impractical. a 9001W PSU for example.

Its a joke award for products that are so hardcore that its a joke upon itself.
feathers 14th April 2011, 16:11 Quote
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Where is the 'Disapproved' badge or the 'Extreme ultra disapproved'? It's as dumb as creating a social networking site and only giving people a "Like" option.
I did suggest a "Steaming Turd" award in the past. Strangely enough they didn't go for the idea. ;)

Steaming turd award would have been great. I don't get why they didn't go for it.

On another note... I have a tech question.

I recently bought 2 x 560Ti MSI Twin Frozr OC/II and my power supply is rated "gamer". Will a gamer rated power supply be sufficient or do I need a gamer extreme or even gamer ultra? (I am pretty sure I don't need a hardcore or hardcore ultra PSU for my setup).
sotu1 14th April 2011, 16:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by SpAceman
Why all the hate? Its a purposely over the top name.

Absolutely, it's a great joke. And I think that's the problem. Bit-tech (and the majority of the community) have been quite a mature website and community that's well moderated. I think you can tell by the feedback here that we as a community aren't impressed when we get presented a childish name like 'Extreme Ultra'. 'Crazy but Cool' is just about acceptable; it means something, and is literally a way of expressing something ridiculously over the top but still manages to make us want because it over performs. Extreme Ultra is just a slew of words some kid on a 1337 spree spewed.
l3v1ck 14th April 2011, 16:21 Quote
So far the general consensus seems to be that most people dislike the "Extreme Ultra" award name.
I wonder what the chances are of CPC changing their mind about the name?
HourBeforeDawn 14th April 2011, 16:52 Quote
lol I rather see Kickass then Extreme Ultra, sound just bad to me like some kid was talking.
knuck 14th April 2011, 17:05 Quote
"Ridiculous" would do a better job than "Extreme Ultra"


Everything has been said in this thread but I think it's important we tell you right away, just so you don't make fools out of yourself, bit-tech ;)
B1GBUD 14th April 2011, 17:19 Quote
I don't see what all the fuss is about, it's a non-issue for me. I guess most people must browse straight to the last page of a review to see it's score rather than spend some time reading something.
Waynio 14th April 2011, 17:28 Quote
The scoring system looks great, the badges are decent but the Extreme ultra doesn't really look right :).

Too late to change it to 1 word, even Cheescake :D, yes thats right you just got the cheescake award now eat some :).

No really, but 1 word that describes something amazing & is a longish word would be better for that highest award I think :).
cgthomas 14th April 2011, 18:42 Quote
Much like call of duty ranks
Farfalho 14th April 2011, 19:10 Quote
I'm all for this score system. It gives broader evaluation and a 4,6 that was a 5 can now be given a more accurately pontuation
nilesfoundglory 14th April 2011, 19:51 Quote
Firstly: I can get along with 'Approved' and 'Recommended'. 'Premium Grade', 'Professional', and 'Extreme Ultra' are award names you stole from the marketing points on the side of a motherboard box (premium grade capacitors, professional layout design, extreme ultra overclocking). They're silly and arbitrary.

With that out of the way...

Numbers scores are also silly, and I see moving from the 'out of 10' system to a 'out of 100' as nothing but a side step. Really, all you're doing here is moving the decimal point over and balancing the weight of the points given to each marginally-quantifiable aspect of a product.

Speaking of which: Quit trying to quantify what is unquantifiable. How do you consistently quantify 'design'? It's an abstract and contextual idea. Your idea of terrible design could suit my needs and aesthetic just fine. Stop trying to put a number on it just to generate a score.
LeMaltor 14th April 2011, 20:00 Quote
This all seems like fail, 0/1,000,000 from me, Ultra Extreme Fail-ness!
frojoe 14th April 2011, 20:28 Quote
I'm all for the scale of 100%, and explaining the breakdown that goes into each score. This is an awesome improvement. I don't like the new awards or logo's however. They feel "cheap". I go to bit-tech for serious reviews(with some jokes), where you guys do a great job and take it seriously. The new awards seem like what some crappy marketing department would put on a crappy product to appeal to "gamers". The old recommended, and excellence awards looked professional(like your reviews are). If you want to add a new one for over the top products, thats cool, but I think these names and logos are selling the great work you do pretty short. Just look at the old award logos next to the new ones and see which ones look like they would be on a toy.

Again, I don't want to sound like I'm just complaining about change, the new breakdown and percentage is great, but I would seriously consider going back to the old awards and logos, or do another redesign, the new ones are just not up to par with the content you create.

-Joe-
GravitySmacked 14th April 2011, 20:41 Quote
Extreme or Ultra would have been enough. I don't think anything called 'Extreme Ultra' can live up to my expectations :D
NickCPC 14th April 2011, 20:46 Quote
I don't think the new overall score image with the percentage in fits in with the award designs... in fact I would go as far to say that I think it's hideous; it looks like it's been strung together in paint. I'd prefer it to be revised over extreme ultra.

That said I'm glad the change to bit-tech has come, and it's a logical explanation too. Thumbs up for that.
Sloth 14th April 2011, 21:26 Quote
Hooray for more granularity and open weighting!

Should help clear up some of the confusion for those who don't actually read the article and just skip straight to the end and start asking why two different products can be marked 8/10 and only one gets Recommended.
Telltale Boy 14th April 2011, 22:10 Quote
The "Extreme Ultra" award reminded me of this:

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Just the part at 3:18. :D
mute1 14th April 2011, 22:48 Quote
The old scoring system was better. Now you'll get things like one game scoring 78% but another scoring 81% with the review reading like it wasn't quite as good a game as the other one.
The old scoring guide was perfect, for games anyway.
murraynt 14th April 2011, 22:59 Quote
Extreme-Ultra-awesome- CHEESECAKE

I love the branding personally.
Can't people see they are pulling the piss out of all the xtreem products with x's and MAX added on to the end.

If everybody had the sense of humor a lot of you do in here (None) it would be a very boring world world to live in.
Lizard 14th April 2011, 23:30 Quote
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Are different product catagories going to get different weighted ratings? I think the design of a case should be given more weight than the design of a hard drive for example which is pretty much static.

Yes, different types of products will get different weightings. e.g. the Speed score for a CPU will be more heavily weighted than the Features score.
sp4nky 15th April 2011, 00:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Waynio
The scoring system looks great, the badges are decent but the Extreme ultra doesn't really look right :).

Too late to change it to 1 word, even Cheescake :D, yes thats right you just got the cheescake award now eat some :).

No really, but 1 word that describes something amazing & is a longish word would be better for that highest award I think :).

I'm liking cheescake but if you want 2 words, how's about "Plays Crysis" ?
balatro2005 15th April 2011, 00:27 Quote
like everything except the extreme ultra award think the crazy but cool was bad enough at times. things change I guess
Waynio 15th April 2011, 00:49 Quote
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I'm liking cheescake but if you want 2 words, how's about "Plays Crysis" ?

Yeah that works too & really fits in with the legendary "does it" saying that always comes up :D;).
kzinti1 15th April 2011, 00:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
I don't see what all the fuss is about, it's a non-issue for me. I guess most people must browse straight to the last page of a review to see it's score rather than spend some time reading something.

I certainly do. The last page justifies whether or not the filler is worth reading.
The rating system is as good as any, I suppose.
The award things are just fugly and rather stupid. Why have you chosen to sillify the awards for products that your readers are serious about?
Whatever it is that you're smoking, I suggest you do not use it at work.
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