Grace period for new hardware releases
This idea came up in another thread recently and I noticed some people were for it and some against, so figured it might be interesting to have a poll on this.
With the 7970 being so powerful, its release had quite an effect on the rankings. The old-gend GTX580 used to be king of the hill, but even a stock-cooled 7970 can beat those scores now. The main issue is that availability isn't optimal around the globe and it sort of gives an unfair advantage to those who can buy one straight away at launch and those who don't.
As a buffer to this effect of new hardware releases, we could install a 'grace period' during which submissions with the new technology doesn't affect the user rankings. This means that for a certain period of time, having access to the latest greatest before the rest of the world would not benefit you instantly in the rankings.
How it works (example)
So, let's assume the following for the upcoming GTX 780:
- official media launch: April 1st
- official retail launch: April 15th
The Grace Period for new releases could, for instance, be:
- pro oc league: 0 days
- overclockers league: 14 days
- enthusiast league: 21 days
In which case, points acquired from GTX 780 submissions would contribute to your personal total:
- pro oc league: April 1st
- overclockers league: April 30th
- enthusiast league: May 5th
As far as I'm concerned it's only necessary to use this grace period for big new releases and not really necessary to apply it to every single piece of hardware (ie: low-end GTS 750). The main effect is on the global rankings, not the hardware rankings.
FYI - these would be the hardware that had grace periods over the last couple of years:
- X79 platform
- Sandy Bridge platform
- Bulldozer (lol)
- GTX 580
- GTX 480
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