It was about a month ago that NVIDIA released drivers that included PhysX support, leading to multiple allegations of cheating. Why? Well, quite naturally the CPU physics test (3DMark Vantage) shows much higher results with PhysX in the mix, as the CPU load moves greatly to the PPU.
According to a forum post, Futuremark hasn't been asleep, and has decided any such results will be deemed invalid and removed.
I've changed (sic) a couple of e-mails between Futuremark CEO Tero Sarkkinen
who quickly commented current confusing situation in ORB and Hall of
NVIDIA's GPU PhysX was launched in the middle of summer and most of
FM's staff are on holidays (Most people are here in Finland). Tero said
timing couldn't have been worse but they have updated filtering system
coming up which will handle the runs which are not following
When I asked more specific about NVIDIA's GPU PhysX, he confirmed that
it won't be allowed. (Since Vantage's CPU test 2 is designed to measure
CPU physics calculations and it is clearly stated in the rules that GPU
or driver can't affect the result significantly).
So from now on if you want to run offical 3DMark result or Hall of Fame
result with NVIDIA gfx you have to use Futuremark approved WHQL driver
and do not install NVIDIA PhysX System Software.
Now, this is all unconfirmed, naturally. We haven't seen an official Futuremark press release or anything and thus have to take this poster at his word, but it seems reasonable to believe him. Readers, what is your opinion on this cheating "scandal?"