A few weeks ago it came to light that some overclockers had gotten a bit over zealous when tweaking the Cinebench R11.5 and R15 benchmark app, altering textures to reduce the workload and consequently improve benchmark scores. HWBOT chief Christian Ney made a post recently that announced some new rules include the rule that all CB submissions must now show the rendered scene to prove that no altered textures are being used. Here’s what Christian had to say on October 3rd:
“For all Cinebench benchmarks the rendering scene must be entirely visible in the screenshot and atering benchmark files or the rendering is not allowed A while ago it came to our attention that there is a modified version of Cinebench around with altered textures which have as main effect to reduce the workload and consequently inflate the benchmark score.”
Christian later followed up with further information about what to do if you have (for whatever reason) used an altered version of CB in the past.
“I would recommend that everyone who has been using altered textures files remove their submissions themselves. From November 1st, leftovers will be considered an offence and will result in sanction.”
You can find the full post from Christian here, plus the original thread on the HWBOT forum here. If you have any questions regarding these issues, the HWBOT support staff will be happy to help as always.