Cheats, Lies, and Video Games

A history of the big two’s benchmarking shenanigans (that we know of).

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Computer Base – https://www.computerbase.de/2018-02/final-fantasy-xv-windows-benchmark/#diagramm-final-fantasy-xv-benchmark-1920-1080
GameGPU – http://gamegpu.com/action-/-fps-/-tps/final-fantasy-xv-benchmark-test-gpu-cpu
HardOCP – https://www.hardocp.com/article/2001/10/23/optimizing_or_cheating_radeon_8500_drivers/
3dCenter – http://alt.3dcenter.org/artikel/2001/10-24_a.php
Tech Report – https://techreport.com/review/3089/how-ati-drivers-optimize-quake-iii
Firing Squad – https://web.archive.org/web/20011108234430/http://firingsquad.gamers.com/hardware/8500int/default.asp
Extremetech – https://www.extremetech.com/g00/computing/54154-driver-irregularities-may-inflate-nvidia-benchmarks
FutureMark Audit – http://www.kickassgear.com/downloads/3dmark03_audit_report.pdf
Beyond3d FutureMark post – https://web.archive.org/web/20030802033124/http://www.beyond3d.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6082
Tech Report – https://techreport.com/news/5135/nvidia-caught-cheating-again-in-3dmark03
The Register – https://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/06/03/futuremark_nvidia_didnt_cheat/
The Register – https://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/05/27/ati_admits_it_optimised_drivers/
Nvidia Blog – https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2010/11/19/testing-nvidia-vs-amd-image-quality/
Anandtech – https://www.anandtech.com/show/3987/amds-radeon-6870-6850-renewing-competition-in-the-midrange-market
Atomic – https://www.pcauthority.com.au/feature/ati-cheating-benchmarks-and-degrading-game-quality-says-nvidia–232215/page3
Softpedia – http://news.softpedia.com/news/AMD-Bashes-NVIDIA-Over-Alleged-HAWX-Antialiasing-Cheat-169746.shtml
KitGuru – https://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/carl/nvidias-nick-stam-addresses-hawx-cheating-allegations/
Gamer’s Nexus – https://www.gamersnexus.net/game-bench/3224-ffxv-disingenuous-misleading-benchmark-tool-gameworks-tests

Square Enix update addressing concerns raised – https://www.gamersnexus.net/news/3226-square-enix-addresses-ffxv-benchmark-concerns

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