Very small update of the HWBOT rules

This news post is to inform you that we have updated the general usage rules of HWBOT. This update restricts users from using hardware modifications to adjust the benchmark's behavior. Under section 3, originally: "Using software or human interaction altering the perceived speed of the benchmark program, tricking it to believe it ran faster", will now be changed to:

"Using software, performing hardware modifications or by human interaction altering the perceived speed of the benchmark program, tricking it to believe it ran faster and thus producing a better result."


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Belgium Massman says:

It's actually nothing more than explicitly stating hardware modifications. It was already implied in the 'human interaction' part ... but it never hurts to say it out loud.

Russian Federation Antinomy says:

One question - is there a difference between mods that make the program "believe it run faster" and "running faster"? So it's just adding precision to the rule without general changes? Thank you in advance.

Belgium Massman says:

Believing it runs faster = adjusting the benchmark settings (either direct or indirect) so it's not running as intended anymore
Running faster = adjusting hardware/software so that the performance measured by the benchmark increases

A good example is speedhacking software which an external software program making a benchmark believe it's doing more calculations per second. The setting that is adjusted here is the time measurement (1 second no longer equals 1 second).

Belgium richba5tard says:

Antinomy said: One question - is there a difference between mods that make the program "believe it run faster" and "running faster"? So it's just adding precision to the rule without general changes?

Thank you in advance.


Antinomy, friend, "believe" is the key word here. A software or hardware modification that actually makes the benchmark run faster is called tweaking and overclocking. :D

Russian Federation Antinomy says:

Thanks for you both, I was just clearing out that I get everything right. I don't want to get smth. wrong, it doesn't end good :D Yeah, I know about the hardware time hack.

adjusting the benchmark settings (either direct or indirect) so it's not running as intended anymore
http://arstechnica.com/hardware/reviews/2008/07/atom-nano-review.ars/6 - here's an example of a mod that makes the benchmark not running as intended though, it's pretty much a tweak. The same goes for stuff like transparent windows on GPU in Vista and software rendering. Correct me if I'm wrong. But I did get the "believe" thing. I'm glad I was right about it's priority.

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