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Old 05-18-03, 03:35 PM   #45
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The clip planes "cheat" requires a fixed view angle to work. So do timedemos. Still with me? That isn't too complicated of a "cheat" to understand, is it? The fact that this "cheat" can be used in a game's timedemo more easily since they don't run at normal frame rates like 3DM does should be cause for alarm.
Well duh this isn't too complicated to understand. And there are people who feel that such timedemo's are not a great benchmarking tool because they can be susceptible to such "optimizations" (say it three times please).

Until we know for certain that Nvidia didn't also "cheat", say, UT2003's timedemos we should play it safe and rule out any scores based on these drivers.
We don't know what has happened in UT2003 timedemos, so we can't say one way or another. I think I read somewhere that timedemo's change every time you run them, is this true? This certainly doesn't invalidate all the other true gaming benchmark's though (like Doom 3, Quake 3, etc).
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