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Monday, June 2, 2003

Futuremark: NVIDIA Doesn't Cheat

Futuremark and NVIDIA released a joint statement basically saying that NVIDIA's drivers don't "cheat" on Futuremark's 3DMark03. Futuremark calls it "an application specific optimization and not a cheat". ToMAYto, toMAHto. HardOCP hypothesizes that this press release is the result of NVIDIA threatening to sue Futuremark into oblivion. Personally, I find synthetic benchmarks like this to be virtually worthless. That will only become more true as GPUs become more complex.

The Master comments: Ahh, and now with this little precedent behind them, Futuremark can never claim cheating in any driver, since they've allowed it before as an "application specific optimization". Welp, one more marketing company shot to the winds. Heh.

A.T. Hun comments: I've always thought it was bizarre that Futuremark basically makes its money by charging the chip makers to be in their beta program. Doesn't that seem to scream "conflict of interest"?

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