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Originally Posted by Gareth HalfacreeMy entire desktop cost less than £500. They're having a giraffe.
Originally Posted by Gareth HalfacreeI usually normalise the results to get clock-for-clock comparisons. Looking to see the difference in IPC between a 2.6GHz and a 3.2GHz processor? Divide the result of the 2.6GHz by 2.6 and multiply it by 3.2 (or divide the 3.2GHz result by 3.2 and times by 2.6).
Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree Naturally, this is better suited to benchmarks that scale linearly with clock speed - but over- or underclocking a CPU to match the clock speed of another model isn't a perfect method of comparison either, 'cos changing the clocks has an impact on the speed of everything. Running the 2.6GHz chip at 3.2GHz will give it faster memory access than running the 3.2GHz chip at stock, all things being equal, which will throw out the results.
Originally Posted by maverik-sg1You can do that for a timed benchmark where lower is better?
Originally Posted by maverik-sg1Adjusting the multiplier does not effect anything else, surely it's a cpu speed adjustment not a system speed adjustment
Originally Posted by DeckerdBRHmm, so am I to take form all this, that the general view is choosing to upgrade right now would give minimal benefits against the cost (a few new features etc.) but if I was forced to (say due to HW failure), then it would be no bad thing vs. previous generations hardware?
Originally Posted by BindibadgiYou need to turn on the blagging machine there.
Originally Posted by Gareth HalfacreeI bought, at retail, every single component in my build. I didn't become a journalist for handouts. Or high pay. Or a stress-free life. Or job security. Or employment rights.
Actually... Why the hell did I become a journalist?!
Originally Posted by BindibadgiWhy the hell not? Everyone asks. If something doesn't go back it'll stay for a while, or, "do you have a spare..?" Or if you've got steel balls the size of watermelons, "Does employee discount apply to journalists?" which is so grey area it's almost black.
Originally Posted by bawjawsGareth, what happens with stuff like that "build-your-own laptop" you reviewed in this month's Hobbytech? Do you get sent a review sample, build it, and then send it back?
Originally Posted by bawjawsI'm just a bit curious as I've no idea how the hardware reviewing business works for stuff like this (and by that I mean one-time-use products rather than stuff that can be sent round multiple reviewers without any change to the physical status of the item).
Originally Posted by Harlequinhow many times do we see review stuff for sale on various forums....
Originally Posted by LennyRhysI often wondered that myself - I remember Tom Logan saying he has a ridiculous amount of stuff from previous reviews because he doesn't give it away.
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