Originally posted by undercover
I'm sure Futuremark have no loyalties either way
FutureMark accepts "donations" from companies and listens to their "recommendations" for future benchmarking tests. Unfortunately, accepting such donations likely creates less indifference than say Consumer Reports, who refuse to accept any money from any company.
A demo developer I work with claimed that ATI made such a donation to ensure that the technologies in Radeon 9700Pro would be important to 3DMark 2003 benchmarks. While this doesn't mean the GeForce FX will perform poorly, I'll be looking to see whether the difference
between GeForce FX and R9700Pro was larger in 3DMark 2003 than in 3DMark2001.