Originally posted by Nemesis77
Again, people were OK with 3DMark as long as it was OK with NV. The second NV complained about it, people started to complain as well.
I guess part of the problem is that people don't really understand what nVidias complaints were about more in detail.
Personally I don't think any of their complaints are really valid. 3DMark03 is there for comparetive benchmarks.
As such weaknesses in the code matters less, in fact I'd say it doesn't matter at all simply because all products have to run that same code.
Having such weaknesses in a game would be darn stupid though, of course.
nVidia ruins the whole purpose of the test when they cheat like this. They're now up to three cheats in one single benchmark:
1. precision in the older drivers (dull sky etc.)
2. clip planes in the newer drivers
3. code bypassing in GT2 (perhaps in other as well) in all the drivers (this one nVidia simply revealed themselves som time ago)
If their goal was to make 3Dmark03 an invalid benchmark for cross platform benchmarking then I guess they've done what they set out to do.
no 1 on that list might be a bug, but no 2 and 3 are not.