Una nuova patch per 3D Mark 2003
Futuremark, software house autrice del noto benchmark 3D Mark 2003, ha rilasciato una nuova patch, versione 340, per questo benchmark che mira a rimuovere gli effetti di alcune ottimizzazioni inserite da lato driver.
Le prime analisi prestazionali effettuate con la nuova patch hanno evidenziato una sostanziale invarianza dei risultati con schede video ATI, rispetto alla precedente versione 330. Il quadro cambia, e non di poco, con le schede video nVidia, che abbinate ai nuovi driver Detonator 52.16 subiscono una generale diminuzione dei risultati prestazionali.
Alcuni di questi test sono disponibili ai seguenti indirizzi:
Il download della patch è disponibile dalla sezione software di Hardware Upgrade, a questo indirizzo (5,5 Mbytes).
Di seguito un estratto dalla press release ufficiale, pubblicata a questo indirizzo:
Saratoga, California USA November 11th, 2003 Futuremark Corporation announced today the immediate availability of a patch to the 3DMark03 benchmark suite. 3DMark03 is the worldwide standard tool for easily and objectively measuring and comparing PCs 3D performance.
Available immediately, this free downloadable software patch provides the only valid version (340) of 3DMark03. Only scores obtained through the version 340 and with approved drivers will be used in official statistics, comparisons and services provided by Futuremark.
According to Tero Sarkkinen, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Futuremark Corporation, the new version is published to make sure that our customers can get an objective 3DMark03 performance comparison with the latest hardware and drivers. Our customers will be able to perform apples-to-apples performance comparisons between the various IHVs graphics cards.
Parts of the program code have been changed so that possible 3DMark03 specific optimizations in current drivers will not work. 3DMark03 specific optimizations in drivers are against run rules of 3DMark03, because they invalidate the performance measurement results and thus make it impossible to compare performances of different hardware. A list of drivers that have been tested - and confirmed to produce valid 3DMark03 scores - has been published on Futuremarks website.
3DMark03 sets the standard for easily and objectively measuring and comparing modern PCs 3D graphics performance. It features 4 different game scenes to determine the overall 3D performance. In addition to this, it has individual tests and professional tools, such as a 3D audio performance test, CPU performance test and image quality test. 3DMark03 provides detailed benchmark information and is connected to Futuremarks PC performance database of more than 10 million benchmark results. This allows users to compare their own system performance with virtually any other PC configuration.
Technical Details Associated with the New Patch:
- Patch changes the program's build number to 340;
- Maximum point sprite size is now limited to 256x256 instead of the maximum supported by the hardware;
- Incorporates new version of the Entech library (used to detect the clock frequency of the graphics chip core and memory);
- Provides more detailed and accurate system information and improved detection of hyperthreaded CPUs
Futuremarks official mirrors carry both a 5.4MB patch download for current 3DMark03 users and a full 177MB download of the patched 3DMark03 for new users. A list of official mirrors can be found at http://www.futuremark.com/download/.