Ageia preps its own synthetic benchmark
Futuremark announced yesterday that Ageia had joined its 3DMark Benchmark Development Program. Neither company made any explicit mention of PhysX physics performance testing in upcoming versions of the 3DMark software, but the folks over at HardOCP have now learned that Ageia intends to release its own synthetic benchmarking tool. The application will be dubbed RealityMark, and it will reportedly display a running demo with and without PhysX acceleration. A video of a RealityMark run is available on YouTube and shows Cell Factor running fairly smoothly with PhysX acceleration enabled and like a glorified slideshow with "standard software physics." That said, we should point that in our time spent with Cell Factor on a dual-core system, enabling or disabling PhysX acceleration only seemed to cut performance by 4-5 frames per second.