I have been pretty clear in past tips that I take comparisons based on benchmarks with a grain of salt. That said, I do understand and appreciate how they can be useful as an objective tool in stress tests.
I am curious, however, what our readers think. Do you give benchmark results consideration when making a decision to purchase a CPU, graphics card, memory, etc.?
My purchasing decision is usually based on availability (I look for used parts/systems first), but when I do need to buy new (mission critical systems) I look for value. I tend to lean more towards what will give me the life I need at a competitive cost and benchmarks never enter the equation.
Of course, different strokes for different folks, so do benchmarks get any consideration from you?
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