True or hype? Either way it could hurt them...
Nvidiaâ€™s recent driver release to journalists and customers artificially increases their 3DMark Vantage score (particularly in performance mode) by running Physics on the GPU instead of the CPU, in violation of FutureMarkâ€™s driver optimization policy.
â€¦ word is beginning to spread around the web
NVIDIA is trying the best to detract from the great performance of the HD 4800 series, but despite going to the lengths of paper launching products, its falling on deaf ears.
AnandTech today takes a closer look at GeForce 9800 GTX+ (not available until July) and here is what he concludes:
â€œThe Radeon HD 4850 continues to be a better buy than NVIDIA's GeForce 9800 GTX, even if both are priced at $199. The overclocked, 55nm 9800 GTX+ manages to rarely outperform the 4850 but for the most part isn't competitive enough to justify the extra $30. AMD was quick to point out that by the time the 9800 GTX+ ships that it will also have factory overclocked 4850s, which should make things even more interesting. Because, honestly, a factory overclocked Radeon HD 4850 is far more attractive to us than an overclocked GTX+.
In a little over 12 hours we'll be able to complete the story with a full look at AMD's RV770 GPU and the Radeon HD 4870, so for a full, detailed performance analysis come back then. Until then, in short, the 9800 GTX+ doesn't really change anything for NVIDIA.