This story over at The Inquirer pointed me to an article over at ExtremeTech detailing the performance of NVIDIA's new 44.67 Detonators in 3DMark03. With the new drivers, which are apparently WHQL-certified, the GeForce FX 5900 gets a huge boost in 3DMark03 performance. Scores for game tests one through four are up 16, 14, 10, and a whopping 98% over the previous 44.03 driver release, respectively.
Here we go again.
ExtremeTech tested for any "on rails" optimizations, which apparently aren't present in the new drivers. However, no image quality tests were done, so NVIDIA might be achieving such a dramatic performance increase by throttling image quality. Adding intrigue to the matter is the fact that the new 44.67 drivers appear to produce slightly lower scores in other benchmark applications.
For a supposedly irrelevant benchmark, 3DMark03 is certainly getting a lot of attention from NVIDIA's driver engineers.
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