Benchmarking programs are for comparing results at a given point. The points are only comparable when your settings are the same, as well. What this does, is help us compare the general strength of each graphics card.
No one said (other than the OP) to run it max. We're just showing him what our cards can do at max. I personally would usually run it at an open&run setting, such as what TimeToLiveCustoms does when they run it, and same as Anandtech. Though they may each run slightly tweaked settings, TTL has always just said "I open and run it, don't mess with the settings." This makes all results comparable for the purpose of benchmarking and knowing just how much stronger/weaker a given card is.
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