In an article published last month we explained our point of view on the way the overclocking community and related industry communicates about benchmark results. The term ‘World Record’ is used so often that it has lost its meaning and the over-usage devaluates the real world record. To address this problem we want to revise how we communicate about overclocking achievements.
After taking the time to consult partners, media, the staff and of course members of the overclocking community, we have finalized the terminology and definitions of overclocking achievements at HWBOT. From now on, the official communication for benchmark results submitted at HWBOT is defined as follows.
You can find the definitions and list of World Records on our benchmark world record overview page: http://hwbot.org/benchmarks/world_records
World Record; A World Record is defined as the best score ever achieved in a specific benchmark application as verified at HWBOT.org by its benchmark rules and regulations at the moment of submitting the benchmark result. A benchmark result is applicable for the World Record terminology only if the benchmark application has HWBOT World Record or Global points enabled. A World Record can be identified by the title of World Record on the benchmark result submission page at HWBOT, three golden tiles on the benchmark submission page, or its inclusion on the official HWBOT World Record table as published at HWBOT.
Global First Place; A Global First Place is defined as the highest or best benchmark score achieved in a specific global category of a benchmark application ranking as defined by the HWBOT ranking structure, typically but not exclusively by a system’s effective calculation core count, and verified by its benchmark rules and regulations at the moment of submitting the benchmark result. A benchmark result is applicable for the Global First Place terminology only if the benchmark application has HWBOT Global points enabled. A Global First Place can be identified by the title of Global First Place on the benchmark result submission page at HWBOT, two golden tiles on the benchmark submission page, or its inclusion on the official HWBOT Global First Place table as published at HWBOT.
Hardware First Place; A Hardware First Place is defined as the highest or best benchmark score achieved in a specific hardware category of a benchmark application ranking as defined by the HWBOT ranking structure, typically but not exclusively by a system’s effective calculation core count and the specific hardware item, and verified by its benchmark rules and regulations at the moment of submitting the benchmark result. A benchmark result is applicable for the Hardware First Place only if the benchmark application has Hardware points enabled. A Hardware First Place can be identified by the title of Hardware First Place on the benchmark result submission page at HWBOT, or one golden tile on the benchmark submission page.
In other words, a World Record can only be claimed if it is the best score ever achieved in a specific benchmark regardless of how many cores or cards are used. Everything else is either a Global or a Hardware First Place.
We strongly believe the revision of terminology is a step in the right direction for overclocking. To support this, we commit to the following:
- 1) The nomenclature guidelines will be part of any future business contract. It will be mandatory for partners, long-term or event-basis, to comply with the terminology.
- 2) We will pro-actively reach out to the industry and media and raise awareness for the communication guidelines
- 3) In case of misuse we will get in touch with the news/PR author and request a revision. If no revision is made, we will publish our own correction on HWBOT.org.
- 4) We are updating our web pages to reflect the correct nomenclature. The term World Record will not be visible for submissions which are not world records. We have already updated the rank tiles to more clearly distinguish between an World Record, a Global First Place and a Hardware First Place
Continuing the Conversation
This revision is not the end of the discussion. The new terminology is exclusive and may require an expansion definition of World Record to accommodate specific achievements. Three examples brought up by members of our community are: overall top scores for single GPU, overall desktop component and memory overclocking.
To address this particular concern we propose to introduce a special set of Overclocking World Records. This particular set is defined arbitrarily and allows overclockers to claim the title of a particular overclocking achievement which cannot be defined in the traditional definition of a World Record. For example, we could define the “Single GPU World Record” as the best score ever achieved on Futuremark’s latest and most high-end preset for which HWBOT Global Points are enabled. At the moment of writing, that would be Elmor’s Fire Strike Extreme result. Another example is the “Desktop Cinebench R15 World Record”, which we could define as the best score achieved in Cinebench R15 using only desktop components.
(the reason why we need special records and not simply include all 1xGPU Global First Place results is because it seems senseless to proclaim, for example, the best 1xGPU Aquamark3 as a proof of having the best single GPU configuration in the world)
The conversation is to be continued and we look forward to hearing your opinion about the special world records. Let us know what you think below!