Futuremark patches 3DMark03 to Version 340
Futuremark, the developer of 3DMark03 graphics test kit, released a patch for 3DMark03 Version 340. In the press release the company stresses that 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..
The key changes include:
- 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
The new freeware patch for 3DMark03 (5.4MB) is available at www.futuremark.com/download alongside the complete patched version (177MB; shareware).
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