PCMark05 is one of the most tweakable benchmarks around. In fact, a case could be argued that it’s been tweaked and hacked so many ways it almost ceases to be a relevant performance benchmark. It is an issue which tends divide opinion, which is why HWBOT Community Leader Christian Ney has setup a poll which allows HWBOT members to vote and decide what happens to it. Here’s an excerpt from a related forum post from Christian:
Okay, lets finally address this tweakfest benchmark once and for all. I see two possibilities:
Update rules: (and apply them retroactively)
Remove the 220 MB/s limit and disallow any "tweak" that boosts a subtest by more than xx%. A clear list of allowed tweaks an disallowed tweaks will be made.
Pro: - It will still get hardware points. - It will be moderated/moderatable.
Con: - Unfair for old results, those with 220 MB/s limit will most likely be beaten and those with previously allowed "tweaks" will be blocked.
Downgrade it to beta benchmark:
- No hardware points.
- Not really moderated.
If you have an opinion about the future of PCMark05, head over to the forum and make your vote count.