Original article from 07/22/2020: As previously reported, the first version of the PCGH hardware database is live. On a special landing page you will find the current evaluations of the components of the PCGH community from the last month. We believe it is important to create an alternative to the well-known Steam Hardware Survey. With the PCGH database, we want to provide an overview of the gaming market in Germany that is as balanced and realistic as possible – based on the PCGH Extreme Community.
PCGH Database: How it works
Prerequisite for participation in the database is an active account in the Extreme forum. The starting point is the PCGHX user profile, which you can access under the menu item “My Profile”. Go to the “My Hardware” tab and follow the instructions provided. To store the hardware data in the profile, simply download CPU-Z from CPUID.com. The “ZIP · ENGLISH” version is sufficient. This variant can be unpacked without installation and started using the cpuz_x64.exe file in the target directory. After starting, click on Tools in the lower area of the software, save the data via “Save Report as .TXT” and upload this file to the forum – with the green UPLOAD button.
If this process has been successfully completed, you will then see the most important components of your gaming PC in the “My Hardware” tab. You can still edit certain values, including monitor resolution and refresh rate, which CPU-Z cannot (always) read correctly. The clock frequency of the CPU can also be adjusted and saved accordingly. Under “My Hardware” there are separate tabs for display and upload. By default, this information is public for all profile visitors, if you want it to be different, you can change this in the user control center.
PCGH: Hardware data in the user profile Source: PC Games Hardware Anyone who has successfully uploaded their hardware data will then see this data in the user control center in the “My Hardware” tab. The most important components such as CPU, GPU, mainboard and RAM are then also output as signature cards in postings. But you have to activate it manually. To do this, follow these steps:
After successfully uploading the CPU-Z file, you go to your profile. There you go to the “My Hardware” and “Signatures” tab. You select the desired signature variant via “Copy to clipboard” Then you switch to the user control center to the signatures. There you copy them data in the “Edit Signature” field. You can see a preview via “Show signature”. With “Save signature” you end the process and from now on you can see the desired signature in the PCGH forum under your contributions. The BB code can also be used in other forums that allow a corresponding signature.
Anyone performing a new upload should know that the signatures do not update in real time. It can take up to 12 hours for new data to appear, so be patient when in doubt.
What exactly happens to my data?
The data of the participating users are only processed and aggregated anonymously. In other words, what you put out (or don’t put out) on your profile page stays exactly the same. Only non-personalized data is used for the analysis of market shares or component distribution that we issue each month – just like the surveys that we have been collecting and evaluating in the PCGH Extreme forum for years.
PCGH: Hardware data in the upload Source: PC Games Hardware
How often do you have to update the data?
Basically, it is enough to upload the data once – and only update it again if there are changes. However, you would not automatically take part in the hardware database every month, because only “qualified” data should be included here. To be on the safe side, we send a reminder via PM once at the beginning of the month that a new round has started. You can then upload a new file or – if nothing has changed – simply confirm that there are no changes for this month, but you still want to include your data in the evaluation.
We would be very pleased if you would also take part in this project. Similar to the well-known Steam Hardware Survey, we want to use the PCGH database to show what the market shares are for processors and GPUs, which components are most in demand and how the equipment of PCGH readers is changing.
Update from November 18, 2022: In addition to the prefixes, there are new developments for the hardware database project, which we would like to summarize for you here. First of all, we would like to thank all the hard-working participants who update or re-upload their PC components every month. The current results with market shares can be found on our hardware data landing page. Matching this, there is a new button in the editor for the hardware tag in the forum, the [ hardware][/hardware] inserts, for the display of the uploaded hardware information. In the forum for computer compilations there is also another button in the editor with which you can integrate the template table in order to save time.