Nvidia comments on cheating accusation
As Nvidia's Geforce cards reached noticeable higher scores in 3DMark Vantage, because of running Physx on the GPU, the company was accused to be cheating. Nvidia opposed those accusations and even Futuremark supports them.
Nvidia send us this statement:
NVIDIA did not cheat or violate the FutureMark rules. The initial version of 3DMark Vantage shipped with a PhysX installer that only included support for CPU physics and the Ageia PPU. The initial version did not contain a GPU physics installer as nobody had that product. Once NVIDIA brought physics to the GPU through our Ageia acquisition, we updated our PhysX installer to add support for GPU physics. The same thing applies to Unreal Tournament 3. All we've done is update the installer to add support for GPU physics. The installer will be available for everyone to download off the NVIDIA.com website this week so folks can play with it and enjoy the new GPU physics effects.
The website pcper.com says to have talked to Futuremark about this topic and to have got the following statement of the company's president Oliver Baltuch:
No. NVIDIA was not breaking any of the rules that Futuremark has set up for its members of the program, and NVIDIA releasing a non-official driver, which exposes this functionality, does not go against the rules. This is mainly because all members need to submit their drivers to Futuremark to assess their quality and make sure there is no funny business going on before they can be approved. Once the drivers are approved, then the results from those benchmark runs can be considered official and be submitted to ORB. The long and short of it is NVIDIA has not broken any rules, they did not cheat, and they are using this driver and 3D Mark Vantage as a technology demonstration.
Just to remind you: When installing the Geforce 177.39 with the Physx driver 8.06.12 for a current Geforce graphics card (GTX 2x0 and all cards with G92 chip), you will experience GPU accelerated Physx. This noticeably accelerates the physics test of the CPU benchmark. But Futuremark's rules say, "GPU make, type or driver version may not have a significant effect on the results of either of the CPU tests”. Until now the only known situations where this combination is in use are Unreal Tournament 3 and 3DMark Vantage.
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