Is Nvidia cheating on Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage?
We already made some benchmarks with the new Geforce 177.39 and its effect on the 3DMark Vantage. Now the Inquirer alleges that Nvidia is playing unfair.
Who installs the Geforce 177.39 together with the Physx driver 8.06.12 for a current Geforce graphics card (GT 200 or G92 chip) receives GPU powered Physx. At the moment this technique is used in Unreal Tournament 3 - and 3DMark Vantage.
But there the original PhysX DLL file is replaced and the two CPU tests are passed a lot faster. Depending on the graphics card, the CPU score is up to five times as high as without Physx. While this has only a minor effect on result of the "Extreme” settings, the final score of the "Performance” preset is up to 3,000 points higher. This of course increases the value of a Geforce. Additionally there is said to be a Nvidia document which, in detail, explains who users can achieve this performance boost.
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”. With the Geforce 177.39 Nvidia is violating the rules.
Until now Futuremark did not accept the 177.39 and is not likely to do so in the future. Nevertheless Nvidia cards achieve higher results, as they are allowed by the rules and thus score better than comparable AMD Radeons.
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