Originally posted by The Baron
Not for a benchmark it doesn't.
If you replace a part of a benchmark with your own creation in order to improve your scores for the benchmark, no matter how crappily the benchmark is coded for whatever architecture you're using, you're corrupting the benchmark. Plain and simple.
For a game? Sure. I'm ALL FOR IT. But for a benchmark? No. Otherwise, you'd have to be dependent on a driver team to optimize for every game on the planet in order to get similar performance.
I agree wholeheartedly..
but do you also agree that the 1.9% within the 3% variance allowed is a pitance compared to the 24% odd variance shown by nvidia cards... and also the stance taken by each individual company shows more maturity in the PR department of ONE IHV in comparison to the other ?