Originally posted by ChrisW
As long as uninformed people see these benchmarks in reviews, that is all nVidia cares about. NVidia propaganda sites, like Tom's Hardware, will still include these benchmarks in their reviews and fail to mention the scores are unsupported by Futuremark. As long as nVidia is still winning the benchmark (by whatever means they have to use), 3DMark03 will still be used by the major websites. Only certain websites that have talked themselves into a corner will stop using it.
Actually no, If you use 3dmark03 (according to Futuremark anyway) you are a member of there program. If you bench with non certified drivers, You are breaking there licensing agreement. (This is with hardware review sites anyway, I dont see how they can really enforce this anyway unless you signed there agreement)
I actually imagine future reviews just wont use 3dmark03. It's pointless to force reviewers to use licensed drivers, Since most reviewers are going to try and use the latest certified drivers from the site.