Intel “cheating” on 3DMark

Lately, more and more chip developers have been popular for optimizing their products for specific applications(mostly games and popular 3d modeling software). Intel, obviously, have decided to take this to a new level – optimizing their products for the 3d benchmarking software – 3dMark. Recently, AMD have notified Futuremark(developer of 3DMark) that Intel’s Graphics Media Accelerator drivers for Windows 7 incorporate performance optimizations that specifically target the benchmark.

Techreport decided to put this to the test. They tested running the test first and then cheating the system by renaming the executable, so the system thinks it’s running two different things. The results were shocking – 37% percent increase in the overall test results when the system knows, it’s running Vintage. So, if you are running on windows 7 and have updated to the latest version of the Graphics Media Accelerator, screw 3DMark.

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  1. Tough market out there for chip makers :-S even though there are only the 2 major ones AMD and INTEL, these guys are always looking for ways to get you to buy and upgrade! and lets be serious if your a poor bastard like the rest of us and Intel vs AMD vs 50-100 bucks.. where would you go? your only deciding point is the slight differences in performance and stats!

  2. Well, intel is still the leader and I think it always will be. Unless they just do something totally stupid or have some major product failures, it’s hard to see them getting eclipsed, so I’d be prone to utilize things that work with it.

  3. I did notice that! Intel always came ahead of AMD in the benchmarking softwares. Now, if this post is true, then I think we should tell the world how Intel targets these benchmarks so that they can stay ahead of AMD. I’m in favor of AMD, they’re cheap and perform very well!

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