This story get keeps getting more interesting. On June 2nd FutureMark retreated a bit from earlier claims, stating that they’d run across some optimizations and not cheats when testing the latest drivers from NVIDIA..
The latest twist involves further evidence of something fishy. Both Tech-Report and ExtremeTech report that by renaming the 3DMark03 executable, NVIDIA’s scores dropped when using the latest DetonatorFX drivers. Running the test with the original name produced one set of scores and pixel-perfect images from run to run, Renaming the executable produced lower scores and generated slightly different images. Hmmmm.