Originally posted by StealthHawk
Do we actually know in what Catalyst driver 3dmark2001 GT4 optimizations first appeared in? I was not aware of that.
The performance numbers in that tests have not changed since the 9700's release. "However" SO we can only assume these optimisations have always been there
SOme early 8500 drivers Showed horrible game performance in Game test 4, I am wondering if the 8500 has similar optimisations. Because ATI claimed the original test was not fair because it did not emphasise their new technology
I read this before these cheats were found, but didn't think much of it.
But now I must admit. I find this "very" curious
Radeon 8500 is far behind the GeForce3-competition in this DX8 benchmark. ATi says that this behavior is due to the pure DX8-optimization of 'Nature'. MadOnion is supposedly working on a DX8.1 version, which will show Radeon 8500 in a much better light. Let's wait and see.
What do you think stealthhawk? but it looks like a cigar is a cigar in this case, Nature was never meant to be a Pixel Shader 1.4 Test. Rather a 1.0 Test . As the "only" Changes to 3dmark was the advanced Pixel Shader test. Nature was "never" changed