Allegation: Intel said to optimize graphics drivers for 3DMark Vantage
Did Intel optimize the GMA drivers to receive better results in Futuremark's 3DMark Vantage? First tests indicate this at least.
Optimized graphics card drivers for popular benchmarks are not allowed actually, but over the years there have been several incidents where such tweaks became public. The reason why manufacturers take this step is quite obvious: A higher result doesn't just convince OEM partners or end customers, but affects the possible price for a product, too.
Now the website techreport.com found out that AMD has recently reported optimized Intel drivers for the GMA (version 126.96.36.1992) to Futuremark. Those drivers seemed to include optimizations for 3DMark Vantage.
Techreport checked this by renaming the 3DMarkVantage.exe into 3DMarkVintage.exe and compared the results of according benchmark runs. In our picture gallery you can find pictures of the strikingly different results and the increased CPU load of the original file, with which the GMA can get an advantage of up to 46 percent (GPU Score).
What do you think about the comparison? And what is your opinion on the whole matter of optimized drivers? Tell us in the comments.
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