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|12th October 2009, 21:37||#1|
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Intel graphics drivers employ questionable 3DMark Vantage optimizations
Intel may not be playing fair, though. We recently learned AMD has notified Futuremark that Intel's 22.214.171.1242 Graphics Media Accelerator drivers for Windows 7 incorporate performance optimizations that specifically target the benchmark, so we decided to investigate.
We first ran the benchmark normally. Then, we renamed the 3DMark executable from "3DMarkVantage.exe" to "3DMarkVintage.exe". And—wouldn't you know it?—there was a substantial performance difference between the two.
|12th October 2009, 21:40||#2|
Join Date: May 2002
|12th October 2009, 23:42||#3|
This is supposed to be a surprise?? Why else would they want to move the GPU into the CPU, unless the CPU was helping offload tasks. Basic GPU overhead doesn't warrant it by itself.
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