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Old 08-02-2011, 14:08
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Default [RANT] How to make sure your awards/reviews are totally meaningless

I came across one of these guys' review and decided to check out their website. Rather quickly I realised this site seems to hand out awards and high-point scores on a regular basis. In fact ... they do it in every single review.

I'm done with this website. Their point-scoring metholody is pretty much useless (giving almost everything 9/10 or higher) and so area their awards. I sincerely hope no hardware vendors are bragging with those awards ... they just give them away for free it seems. And although there supposed to be a system for the awards, they seem to be handed out almost randomly. Some products have the exact same score, but still receive different awards!

An overview. Just picked the last 5 reviews in the categories.

Processors:

- AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition (9/10, silver award)
- Intel Core i7-950 (10/10, gold award)
- Intel Core i7-2600K Processor (10/10, gold and performance award)
- Intel Core i5-2500K Processor (10/10, gold award)
- AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition (9/10, silver award)
- Phenom 2 X4 980 Black Edition (9/10, recommended)
- AMD A6-3650 Accelerated Processor (8/10, value award)

Mainboards:

- Intel DP67BG Motherboard (9/10, performance award)
- Intel DH67BL Motherboard (9/10, silver award)
- ECS A890GXM-A2 Black Extreme (9/10, value award)
- Sapphire Pure Platinum A75 (9/10, recommended award)
- Sapphire Pure Platinum H67 (9/10, recommended award)
- ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Performance (9/10, performance award)
- ASRock Z68 Pro3 (9/10, value award)
- 990FXA-UD7 (10/10, gold award)
- Gigabyte A75-UD4H (9/10, recommended award)
- Maximus IV Gene-Z (10/10, gold award)
- Fatal1ty Z68 Professional Gen3 (10/10, gold and performance award)

Power Supplies:

- Silencer 760W (10/10, gold award)
- OCZ ZX Series 850W (9/10, silver award)
- Corsair GS800 (9/10, silver award)
- High Current Gamer 900W (9/10, value award)
- Corsair HX1050 (9/10, performance award)

Graphics cards:

- Sapphire 6950 DiRT 3 Edition (10/10, gold and value award)
- ASUS Matrix GTX 580 (10/10, diamond award)
- Powercolor Radeon 6950 PCS+ Vortex 2 (10/10, gold award)
- HIS Radeon 6970 IceQ Mix (9/10, recommended award)
- NVIDIA's GTX 580M (9/10, performance award)

Memory:

- Kingston HyperX DDR3-2400 (10/10, gold and performance award)
- Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600 LoVo (10/10, gold award)
- Corsair Vengeance 12GB (10/10, gold and value award)
- Corsair Vengeance DDR3 Kit (9/10, value award)
- Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer DDR3 Kit (9/10, recommended award)
- G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 Kit (9/10, recommended award)
- Kingston HyperX t1 DDR3 Kit (9/10, recommended award)
- Patriot Viper Xtreme DDR3 Kit (9/10, performane award)

I hate this kind of 'give-us-hardware-and-we-give-you-award' websites.

Just look at this: Fatality Z68 on the left and ROG Gene Z68 on the right.



Same scores, but the ASUS board does not get the performance award? Also, the Value score for both boards is the same although the Gene board is significantly cheaper!

Gigabyte 990FX - exactly the same score. That's three mainboard reviews in a row with the same evaluation numbers ...



Seems it's also allowed to round up or down in whatever way you want:



- 10+9+8+8 = 35 / 4 = 8.75 => Overall 8
- 10+10+8+10 = 38 / 4 = 9.5 => Overall 10
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Old 08-02-2011, 14:34
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, need to give them my benchtable and my xeon rotatory cooling system to review. Go for 10/10
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Old 08-02-2011, 15:27
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Send them Leeghoofd and they can do a review of him.... see if the 9/10, recommended awards continue

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Old 08-02-2011, 16:42
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Leeghoofd is new "leeghoofd biased" now. As I have to wait for boards to come through via some of these "A" class websites. So getting boards late, missing out on hits etc...

Honesty is not appreciated

Some vendors don't even want to mention my review on their site as it's got some negative pointers in it... sigh....

I must be a prick in the real and virtual world ( plz no comments from massman and Christian Ney on that plz )

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Old 08-02-2011, 16:50
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plz no comments from massman and Christian Ney on that plz
copy that!
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Old 08-02-2011, 17:10
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you think someone's rivalling your beloved madshrimps on the number of handed our awards (=badges =recommendations) ?
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Old 08-02-2011, 17:16
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i never liked their website lol

most manufacturers love them though...
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Old 08-02-2011, 17:25
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i never liked their website lol

most manufacturers love them though...
I can see why!
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Old 08-02-2011, 17:42
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'give-us-hardware-and-we-give-you-award'

i bet the vendor can decide wich award he wants to recive for the test
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Old 08-02-2011, 18:18
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Why didn't they call the website AwardHeaven instead of HardwareHeaven
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