THE FOLKS AT FUTUREMARK have decided to take some radical steps against Nvidia and what it describes as "questionable drivers", the versions of Detonator 42.67, 42.68 and 42.69. These drivers arrived after the first 3dmark03 benchmarks when the ATI card dramatically outscored FX 5800 Ultra.
In future, Futuremark said it wants to have only WHQL drivers in its database to avoid erring on the side of err, erring. It added that this doesn't mean Futuremark is "banning all beta/leaked drivers" -- they are "simply disabled from being published".
Futuremark added: "The reason for this is that the drivers have been officially stated as optimized for 3DMark03, and we can not verify the purity and integrity of the drivers. We are investigating the drivers and their effect on 3DMark03 - both performance and the rendering quality (i.e. image quality)."
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News source: The Inq